March is celebrated as National Nutrition Month®, an annual campaign created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. During March, everyone is invited to learn about making informed food choices and developing healthful eating and physical activity habits.
This year’s theme for National Nutrition Month® is Celebrate a World of Flavors. So, here I will be sharing many flavorful ways to enjoy cucumbers.
Eating cucumbers healthily may lead to many potential health benefits, including weight loss, good hydration, digestion, and lower blood sugar levels. Cucumbers are refreshing, low in calories, and nutrient-rich. They are easily available all year long and require no cooking. Therefore, you can easily add them to your diet in many fun and flavorful ways. Below are just a few of those ways.
The Indian way of eating cucumbers is my favorite way. You don’t need to do anything; wash them slice them in any shape you would like. Round coin shapes or long slices are common. Squeeze fresh lemon and a pinch of salt and enjoy a great addition to any meal. Indian meals often accompany raw salads with seasonal vegetables like cucumbers, tomatoes, carrots, sweet onions, etc.
Falafel and Tabouli (Tabbouleh) separately make a great snack, and when you put it together, it becomes a great healthy and delicious Mediterranean meal. Cucumbers can be easily added to your healthy and delicious Mediterranean bowl. Check out this Falafel Tabouli Bowl recipe and therapeutic health benefits here.
This mouth-watering refreshing Mexican cuisine-based super healthy salad can accompany any meal but goes well with Mexican foods. I would never have thought of throwing some cucumber pieces along with mango and jicama until I took a cooking lesson with a brilliant fellow dietitian Christy Wilson, RDN, in conjunction with culinary nutrition collaborative.
Korean Way – Oi Muchim
Making Oi Muchim with Maggie was a mind-blowing experience. I finished the whole bowl right away. This great flavorful Asian salad can be a delicious veggie addition to any meal.
This cool sprouted mung bean salad can be a super healthy meal, especially during spring-summer. Cucumbers and tomatoes can be easily added to this super healthy and nutritious salad.
And last but not the least, feel free to enjoy versatile cucumbers with any of your favorite dips.
DIETITIAN NUTRITIONIST NOTE AND RECOMMENDATIONS:
Make cucumbers part of a healthy diet and enjoy them any way you would like. Cucumbers are an excellent source of silica, a trace mineral that strengthens our connective tissues. Connective tissue is what holds our body together. In addition, cucumbers are also used for managing some skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn. One cup raw sliced cucumber would provide 1 cup equivalent of MyPlate vegetables.
Health and Safety: Remember that cucumbers can have pesticides residues and are often waxed to protect them from bruising and plant insects. So wash them under running water thoroughly and peel them before preparing to consume unless you are using organically grown ones.
Disclaimer: Please note that this page is not medical advice. This can only be used as general guidance to a healthy and balanced diet for your health and wellness. This food does not ensure an adequate or inadequate and safe intake level for a single person. Please consult your health care provider and check out our Medical Nutrition Therapy services for the diet plan that is right for you!