The cucumber is often seen on vegetable trays alongside carrots, broccoli and other chopped vegetables, but are there any other ways that they can be included in your diet? Here are four different ways that cucumbers can be added to meals to make them tastier and healthier. Try them out today and get started on the path to good health!
1. In Cream Cheese
One of the easiest ways to incorporate cucumbers into your meals is by creating a garden vegetable cream cheese and spreading it on your morning bagel. This adds a unique zing to an otherwise ordinary breakfast, and helps to increase your vegetable intake. Start by choosing cucumbers that are firm to the touch. Carefully peel the cucumbers either by hand or with a peeler. Chop the cucumber into small pieces, and add to a bowl of softened cream cheese. Mix the cucumber and cream cheese thoroughly. If you like, you can also add other vegetables, such as peppers, carrots or onions. Bagels make a great morning snack because they’re hand-held and don’t need to be refrigerated.
2. In Beverages
Another great way to incorporate them in your meals is by making a cucumber smoothie. Cucumbers have a very mild taste, making them a great pairing for almost any fruit. Peel the cucumber, and then mash. This can be done by either placing the cucumber in a food processor or blender. Add strawberries, melon or any other fruit of your choice, and mix until combined. Add ice, milk or yogurt, and get ready for a tasty treat!
3. In Sauces
Cucumbers can be pureed and combined with other ingredients to make sauces which can then be served with chicken, beef, fish, pork or even pasta. As described above, cucumbers have a mild taste, and therefore can blend well with a variety of different flavors without being too overwhelming. You may have to experiment with a few different recipes and ingredients before finding a flavor combination that works well for you. But don’t give up – with time and practice, you’ll find the perfect sauce!
4. In Salads
Cucumbers are often used in salads, which is a final way to incorporate them into your meals. Typically, cucumbers that are in salads are not peeled. Research has found that the peel of most fruits and vegetables contains a high amount of dietary fiber, which is slow digesting and therefore essential to help keep you feeling fuller for a longer period of time. Also, fiber is “bulky,” which means that it takes up a lot of room in your stomach. To get the most bang from your buck when eating salads, try to keep the peels on your cucumbers. Not only will you get extra fiber in your diet, but you will also get a satisfying crunch from the peel!