To fight dehydration in extreme heat, your body needs electrolytes as well as water. Cucumbers can help replace lost electrolytes and re-energize your body. Vitamin K, Vitamin C, beta-carotene, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds make cucumbers one deliciously amazing, powerhouse veggie. And with almost zero calories, there are lots of ways to add cool cucumbers to your summer fun!
- Versatile Snacks: slice cucumbers into discs for a crunchy but low-calorie base for appetizers, as well as your favorite hummus and tasty dips.
- Chilled Cucumber Soup: blend nonfat yogurt, chopped cucumber, mint and ice cubes for a refreshing starter.
- Cucumber Pops: mix 1 cup pureed cucumber, ¾ cup Simple Truth® Organic Coconut Water and 1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze.
- Blush Mocktails: blend 4 cups chopped seedless watermelon and 1 chopped seedless cucumber with 3 tablespoons lime juice and 1 tablespoon honey (add vodka if you wish).
- Artisan Ice Cubes: add a cucumber slice and a sprig of mint to ice cube molds, fill with water and freeze. Serve in sparkling water, limeade, lemonade or cocktails.
- Strawberry Cucumber Smoothie: blend 1½ cups frozen strawberries, ½ cup seedless cucumber and 1 cup almond milk.
- Grab and Go: Want those electrolytes but out of cucumbers? Grab one of the Simple Truth® Electrolyte Waters in mango, orange, lemon or blueberry to keep you hydrated on the run.
- Peel and chop a cucumber, then squeeze out the juice. Mix the juice with a little glycerin and rosewater for a light-weight homemade sunscreen.
- No time to make your own sunscreen? Kiss My Face® Face Factor® and Cool Sport™ sunscreens both contain cucumber extract to take advantage of its soothing antioxidants.
- If you do get a bit of sunburn, apply mashed cucumber to your skin. Cucumber flesh contains caffeic acid, a natural anti-inflammatory to reduce swelling and cool burns.