Cucumber Madness

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Posted by Judy Moon

I have been doing my best to squeeze the last bits left from summer. I know fall is just around the corner – the back to school supplies are out, the fall fashion magazines are arriving, the farmer’s markets are exploding with the abundance of the summer growing season.

I have a great soup recipe to share from Dr. Axe using one of my favorites- cucumbers! My love of cucumbers started as a kid. My mom would always make us cucumber sandwiches in the summer. Mary Moon would always start a sandwich, ANY sandwich with butter on one slice of the bread, and for the cucumber sandwich she mixed a little white vinegar in some mayonnaise and coated the other slice with that. She then piled on thinly sliced peeled cucumbers, a little salt and pepper and if we were being fancy that day, which we usually were, she would cut the crusts off and cut the sandwich into triangles. Pure heaven! I always channel Mary and make at least one of those sandwiches per summer and was really excited to try this soup recipe since I am such a fan of cucumbers.

When I tell you this is one of the easiest soups I have ever made, I kid you not! I made it before work, yes, that’s how quick it is and it was chilled, all the flavors had married and was ready to roll when I got home from work. Cucumbers are also crazy good for you – who knew?

This would make a great starter to a meal, or on a hot day, it was a perfect dinner for Joe and I with some guacamole and chips! Chilled glass of sangria optional.

Squeeze in those last beach days, eat some cucumbers, and savor those summer days that are left and memories of those you love.

Secret Cucumber Detox Soup Recipe
Total Time: 5 minutes Serves: 4
1 cucumber (peeled and de-seeded plus additional cuke for garnish)
1 tbsp onion (minced)
1 avocado, peeled
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/4 tsp Chili Powder
1 dash of Cayenne Pepper
1 cup water
Paprika for garnish

Throw avocado, cucumber, onion, oil, lemon juice, vinegar and water in vita-mix.

Puree on high speed until smooth.

Blend in salt, chili powder and remaining ingredients.

Serve, garnishing with extra cucumber cubes and smoked paprika if desired.

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Health Benefits of Cucumbers

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Posted by Gwyn MacDonald

Cucumber Seeds
I recently planted cucumber seeds and I am forever amazed that a vast, sprawling plant that will feed me is locked away in that tiny, white seed. I look forward to the lovely vine with those gorgeous tendrils and of course the bright yellow flowers that just glow in the sun.

Cuke’ Benefits
While I planted I thought of all the yummy cucumber dishes in my near future. Then I thought about all the other benefits of these fabulous fruits. The few things I knew already had to do with hydration (cukes are 95% water!) and inflammation reduction (think cold cream and cuke slices over the eyes – yes, it works!).

But I did a little research and was pleasantly surprised to learn the following:
• Cucumbers contains loads of vitamin C (especially in the skin)
• They are a good source of B vitamins, potassium, magnesium, fiber and silica (beneficial for joint health)
• A helpful remedy to cool sunburned skin
• One source says rubbing a slice or two on the bathroom mirror helps to prevent the ole fog up from the shower! Who knew? Haven’t tested that one yet, so if you do let me know if it really works.

Incorporate Cucumbers Into Your Diet
My favorite way to reap those health benefits is my old summer stand-by sandwich of cucumber, tomato and onion with mayo, salt and pepper. This recipe does the trick every time!

Also yummy is blending a cuke with some fresh tomato and garlic, a squeeze or two of lemon, some olive oil, pinch o’ salt and your favorite fresh herbs for a quick gazpacho-like cold soup.

Or keep it simple like we do at Judy Moon and Associates…add a few slices of cucumber and lemon to your water for a simple but refreshing boost!

Do you incorporate cucumbers into your daily routine? Lets share! Cheers!

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