Cucumbers are known for their refreshingly cool properties, and for good reason. This crisp vegetable is 95% water, making it the perfect food to help us stay hydrated, especially during warm weather. Filled with vitamins C and K, folate, potassium and magnesium, the cucumber is nutrient-dense and full of fiber, too. Read on for tips to incorporate more cucumbers into daily meals and snacks.
Selection and storing:
- Look for firm cucumbers with bright, medium green skin.
- Consider buying organic cucumbers, as they are listed within the “Dirty Dozen”.
- Keep this vegetable bright and crisp by storing in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Switch it up and try both traditional and seedless varieties.
Preparation and Recipe Ideas:
- Cucumbers are a perfect snack when eaten raw. Slice them thin, thick or cut into fun shapes for kids. The seeds and skin are both edible, with the skin boasting the most fiber, so no need to peel.
- Try adding cucumbers with fresh mint or lemon for a “spa water”, or add slices to iced tea or sparkling water for an extra touch.
- Cucumbers add a refreshing dimension to any meal. Try incorporating them into dishes like salads, sandwiches and hummus, or serve raw with a savory Greek yogurt dip.