world's healthiest foods site:
"The silica in cucumber is an essential component of healthy connective tissue, which includes muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone. Cucumber juice is often recommended as a source of silica to improve the complexion and health of the skin, plus cucumber's high water content makes it naturally hydrating, a must for glowing skin . Cucumbers are also used topically for various types of skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. Two compounds in cucumbers, ascorbic acid and caffeic acid, prevent water retention, which may explain why cucumbers applied topically are often helpful for swollen eyes, burns and dermatitis. "
they had me at "a must for glowing skin". the article also reminded me of my cucumber cooler drink....perfect for the hot days of summer. i keep the cucumber in the refrigerator until the last minute and ensure the other ingredients are prepped and ready to go. then i peel and chop the cucumber and quickly throw everything in the blender, process and serve immediately so that it is ice cold when i serve. this recipe makes 2 drinks but is easily doubled or quadrupled. perfect for a party...(and it is pretty tasty turned into a cocktail too) note...this drink is one of the few times i peel cucumbers in recipes...the little bits of peel aren't especially nice in the drink ....but, if i am making it just for me and want all the health benefits possible, i skip the peeling step and call it a smoothie.
let me know what you think....and please share your favorite cucumber recipes in the comments section below.
agave simple syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup organic agave nectar
combine water and agave nectar in small saucepan. heat over low heat just until simmering. turn off heat and let cool to room temperature.
1 organic english cucumber (or 2 garden cucumbers)
1/4 cup water
juice from 1 small lime
2 tbsp chopped mint
1/4 cup agave simple syrup (refrigerate the rest for another use)
4 ice cubes
mint leaves for garnish
peel cucumber. cut a few thin slices and reserve for garnish. cut the remaining cucumber into large pieces.
add all ingredients except garnishes to blender. pulse until liquefied, thick and frothy. serve immediately garnished with the mint and cucumber slices.
**note...this drink becomes a delicious cocktail by adding vodka, gin or tequila!
now it is your turn to participate in summer fest. simply leave your cucumber tip or recipe or favorite links in the comments below, and then go visit food network and do the same same. be sure to check out all the other participating bloggers. their recipes sound amazing!
Pinch My Salt: Chilled Cucumber, Kefir and Avocado Soup
What’s Gaby Cooking: Cucumber-Basil Gimlet
In Jennie’s Kitchen: Radish-Cucumber Crostini
Big Girl Small Kitchen: Spicy Cucumber Salad with Shallot, Ginger and Mint
Grecian Kitchen: Summer Cucumber Salad
And Love It Too: Cucumber, Mint and Watermelon Salad
Cooking With My Kid: Cucumber Limeade
FN Dish: Summer Fest: Cucumber Recipes
Healthy Eats: Cool Cucumber Soup
Food for 7 Stages of Life: Cucumber Cherry Salsa
Cooking With Elise: Green Tea Cucumber Pops
Glory Foods: Cucumber and Shrimp Boat
Virtually Vegan Mama: Fire-Roasted Tomato and Cucumber Gazpacho
Food2: When Life Gives You Cucumbers, Make a Cucumber Cocktail
Cooking Channel: Cucumbers Stuffed with Crab-Mango Salad
Recipe Girl: Bread and Butter Pickles
Taste With the Eyes: Spicy Pickled Cucumbers with Wakame and Garlic Blossoms
Virtually Homemade: Cold Thai Cucumber-Mint Soup
Add a Pinch: Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
The Cultural Dish: Ahi Tuna with Cucumber Sauce and Salad
Daily*Dishin: Cool n’ Zesty Cukes: 7 Minute Summer in a Jar
Daydreamer Desserts: Cubanita Margarita
Purple Cook: Cucumber Gazpacho with Indian Flavored Shrimp Relish
Indian Simmer: Cucumber at its Best with Chaat Masala
Big Apple Nosh: Quick and Easy Homemade Pickles
Sweet Life Bake: Agua de Pepino
The Sensitive Epicure: Tzatziki with Grilled Gluten-Free Pitas and Fresh Cucumbers and Peppers
A Way to Garden: Cucumber-Growing Q&A and the Best Pickles
Cooking with Books: Summer Fest: Cucumbers
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