Cucumbers are a delicious, water rich and refreshing summertime vegetable (technically a “fruit”). Cucumbers are in the summer squash family with zucchini and come in a couple of varieties including slicing, pickling, and english (seedless). Cucumbers are green/yellow, with a smooth peel and have a juicy white flesh in the center.
How to use | use raw in salads, sauces, dressings, smoothies, juices (Strippped Green Smoothie andStripped Green Juice), as a quick snack, and more! One of my favorite snacks with cucumber is withClassic Cashew Cheese dolloped on top of sliced cucumbers with a sprinkle of cayenne, dulse flakes, or cumin spice.
Nutrient breakdown of CUCUMBER | *per 100g, 1 cup
Vitamin C | 5% DV
Vitamin K | 21% DV
Potassium | 4% DV
Manganese | 4% DV
Polyphenols | lignans
Phytonutrients | flavonoids, lignans, triterpenes (cucurbitacins)
Cucumbers not only taste light and refreshing but contain unique antioxidants and polyphenols that have been studied for their effects on reducing some cancers, cardiovascular disease, anti-microbial properties, and inflammation. Lignans are responsible for reducing estrogen-related cancers by the bacteria in our digestive systems conversion of lignans to enterolignans which bind to estrogen receptors. As with most fruits and vegetables, cucumbers contains great amounts of fiber which help our digestive system moving, keeps us fuller for a longer period of time, and releases a steady flow of energy into our bodies.
Where to purchase | health food stores, grocery stores, or farmers markets. Purchase organic as much as possible, tomatoes are one of several foods on the “dirty dozen” list from the EWG- meaning foods that contain the most pesticide residue (which isn’t a good thing!).
Tips and tricks | keep your water tasting delicious by adding sliced cucumbers and mint to your water. Check out more Simply Infused Water ideas using cucumber!