Cool Cucumber Recipe

cucumbers

Summer is kicking temps into high gear, and with the heat comes ample opportunities to gorge on fattening foods like hamburgers, hotdogs, chips, and potato salads. Here’s a fun, healthy snack that’s not just tasty, but also good for you! Cucumbers are 95% water, keeping you hydrated while flushing toxins from your body. Because of its high fiber and low calorie content, it’s great for weight-loss, and that dietary fiber works wonders for regulating your digestive system.

I love this recipe for summer because it’s a good coolant for the body, and because it includes the skin (don’t peel it), you’ll get a solid dose of vitamin C every time you eat it. I always make sure to have a batch of this in my fridge, so when I want to snack on something I can reach for it, or I use it as a side salad at dinner time. It’s a quick, cool, crunchy, and hydrating snack for kids, too. A plus for us, it’s low on calories and high on taste. Check it out!

  • 3 medium cucumbers, un-peeled and sliced paper thincucumber-salad
  • 1/2 medium red or yellow onion, finely slivered
  • 3 cups cold water
  • 1 1/2 cups white vinegar
  • 3 packets (.035 ounces each) sugar substitute (such as Splenda)
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

In a plastic storage container, combine all ingredients. Stir well to mix. Cover the container with a lid and refrigerate for at least a few hours or as long as 5 days. Serve cold.

Makes 6 (1 1/4 cup) servings

Per serving: 40 calories, 2g protein, 6g carbohydrates, 0g fat, omg cholesterol, 2g fiber, 195mg sodium

If you like this recipe, let me know! I would love to see some of your own culinary creations that turn healthy foods into healthy AND delicious delights!

Thank you for being tuned in parents. I welcome your comments, suggestions, and tips! There’s more for you, too, on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

-Wendy-Tricia

References:

Alexander, Devin.(2006) The Biggest Loser cookbook: more than 125 healthy delicious recipes adapted from NBC’s hit show/Chef Devin Alexander and The Biggest Loser experts and cast;foreword by Bob Harper and Kim Lyons.

image: cucumbers en route to pickledown by Stacy Spensley – Creative Commons

About Yari

Yari is a TiP Team author, writer, and aspiring journalist hailing from the sunny, twin-island republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Although she first came to the States to pursue her love and passion for journalism, she enjoys using words to express herself beyond the discipline of just news.

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