The phrase, cool as a cucumber, is rooted in the fact that cucumbers stay cooler than the ambient temperature in the summer; who doesn’t want to cool off in the sweltering heat? Cucumbers might be the one perfect snack for the summer time––cool, refreshing, and full of water. There are a few things about cucumbers that make them not just a great summer time snack, but a great staple for The Kaufmann Diet.
Cucumbers are great eaten raw, sliced up and added to salads. Cucumbers are also fine to use in fresh juice. They are easy to grow in your backyard during the summer, but they are available all year long at most grocery stores. They are a good substitute for corn chips or crackers if you have fresh salsa, guacamole, or other Kaufmann Diet-friendly veggie dips.
Here are some of the benefits:
Very Low Calorie
A whole, raw cucumber (approximately 11oz) only contains about 45 calories. This makes them a guilt-free snack that will fill you up without weighing you down. With a couple grams of fiber, they will also help you feel full and help keep you regular.
Rich in Nutrients
Despite being low in calories, cucumbers are an excellent source of nutrition. A single cucumber contains 62% of your daily recommended amount of vitamin K. Cucumbers are also a good sources of magnesium, potassium, manganese, vitamin C and also a good source of antioxidants, which help lower inflammation and fight free radicals.
A Hydrating Food
Cucumber are mostly water, so eating cucumbers is also a good source of hydration. But cucumbers hydration properties doesn’t stop there; the presence of magnesium and potassium assist in maintaining proper electrolyte balance, which helps you stay properly hydrated, particularly if you are outside sweating in the sun. They are a better source of these nutrients than sugary sports drinks when you are on The Kaufmann Diet. They could also be juiced to concentrate those nutrients. Try juicing with fresh mint, lime, lemon, and ginger.
Might Help Control Blood Sugar
More research needs to be done, but some evidence suggests cucumbers might have some benefit for controlling blood sugar. With millions of people in America either diabetic or pre-diabetic, cucumbers are a good addition to the diet to help prevent the onset of diabetes. They also might be beneficial for controlling weight––another factor in diabetes and high blood sugar.