So what could suffice as a vegetable that gives you all the benefits and is still bearable enough to eat? There’s one simple answer, CUCUMBER!
People find it hard to consume a vegetable that practically has no taste, so let’s see if you’d want a bite out of a cucumber after you read its many benefits.
1. Keeps you hydrated & clears out toxins.
Cucumber is as good as water, its 96% water, which keeps you hydrated and flushes out toxins.
The detox water will keep you healthy and assist in weight loss. All you need is 3 slices of ginger, 5 round slices of cucumber, 3 mint leaves and 2 drops of lemon. Add all this to a water bottle, and have quick access all day.
2. Love your skin!
The high water content, vitamins A, B & C and the presence of certain minerals like magnesium, potassium, and silica make cucumbers an essential part of skin care. They cure skin problems, naturally and can also be used as face masks.
Cucumber and Yogurt Mask:
Puree ½ a cucumber and 1 tsp yogurt in a blender. Wash your face with warm water, for pores to open up. Pat your face dry, apply the mask in a circular motion and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Once the time is up, gently rinse your face with warm water, then use cold water and dry!
3. Controls your blood pressure
Nutrients like, potassium, magnesium, and fiber, present in cucumbers, help control your blood pressure levels, whether high or low. Keeps your heart conditions in check!
Cucumber Noodle Salad:
Grab your spiralizer for this recipe! All you need is a firm cucumber; put it through your spiralizer, set in a plate, sprinkle salt, pepper, fresh herbs and you’re ready to go.
Note: If you don’t have cholesterol or blood pressure problems, feel free to use vinaigrette to go with these divine noodles!
4. Helps you with digestion.
The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers play a major role in helping you fight acidity, heartburn, gastritis and even ulcer problems.
Enjoy this unique lemonade on a hot day! All you need is frozen watermelon and cucumbers, pop it in a blender, with lime juice. (One lime)
5. Control your blood sugar.
Cucumbers naturally contain a hormone that is essential for the beta cells during insulin production. The consumption of this specific vegetable, keeps your glucose levels in check.
Crisp Cucumber Salad:
Chop cucumber, firm tomatoes, red onion, coriander, 1 clove garlic and ¼ ginger. Add it in a bowl and set aside. In a separate bowl, whisk 2 tbsp of yogurt until its smooth, add salt and pepper, mix in with the veggies. Roast some bran pita bread, until its crispy and enjoy the salad as a dip!