Cucumber Crazy

Cucumbers are in season from June until September, meaning there is just about a month left to get these nutrient packed veggies at a very affordable price and while they are plentiful from the garden, farmer’s market or grocery store!

What are some of the health benefits of cucumbers?

Cucumbers help keep us hydrated. Cucumbers are about 96% water! These delicious vegetables help keep the cells in our body hydrated and healthy. The higher water content also helps our bodies feel full longer.

Cucumbers are full of healthy nutrients. They are good sources of Vitamin K and Vitamin C. Vitamin K helps the body stay healthy and is important for blood clotting and bone health. Vitamin C helps with growth, development, and repair of body tissues while also helping maintain a healthy immune system. Cucumbers are also a good source of magnesium, which helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function.

How to choose, store, and eat your cucumber:

Choosing a cucumber: Like many types of produce, it can be difficult to know what to look for with a cucumber. When choosing cucumbers, find one that is firm and does not have any bruises or soft spots. Make sure the cucumber is dark green, as yellow spots can indicate an over-ripe cucumber.

How to store cucumbers: To prevent cucumbers from going bad, it is important to lock in the moisture. This can be done by wrapping the cucumber in plastic wrap or a paper towel. If the cucumber is cut up, it can also be put in a plastic bag or container. After cutting cucumbers they should be stored in the refrigerator.

Various uses for cucumbers: Not only are cucumbers delicious by themselves, but they can also be used in favorite recipes.

  • Add some sliced cucumber to your favorite salad, or sandwich.
  • Use them in a smoothie.
  • Add to your glass of water.
  • Add them to a healthy dip and then eat with whole wheat chips or fresh vegetables.

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