We are always looking for ways to include cucumber in our diet. This refreshing fruit boasts so many health benefits and is one of the foods on the zero calorie list too! Cucumbers provide a variety of nutrients, but one in particular called Silica, is particularly supportive of skin health. It helps the skin by improving hydration and elasticity and is a building block of collagen, which helps to reduce wrinkles. Cucumbers are hydrating, help to quench thirst and act as a mild diuretic, which will help with bloat and flush out excess water weight. They help remove harmful toxins from the body, promote optimal nutrient uptake and contain flavanoid antioxidants that prevent free radicals from building up, which can cause premature aging.
Here’s a simple cucumber recipe that is also a perfect side dish to bring to a summer barbecue.
Summer Cooling Salad
½ red onion
Cut cucumber, avocado and red onion into small bite size pieces.
In a bowl mix the cut vegetables with sprinkles of sesame seeds and cayenne pepper to taste.
Add 1-2 TB of Coco-Aminos to taste.
Refrigerate mixture to a cool temperature for a refreshing salad!**
*Optional: For an added nutty flavor, toast sesame seeds in small skillet prior to adding to mixture.
**Serve cucumber salad over a bed of baby greens for a more filling meal.
The first days of summer started with a heat wave and keeping hydrated became quite a challenge! It seemed natural to combine our favorite summer fruits; watermelon, strawberries, lime with coconut water superfood for the extra hydration needed. The watermelon-coconut-lime refresher and watermelon-strawberry salad are both so simple to make and the yet so healthy too!
Did you know that a well functioning renal system is important to keep your body in balance? With weak kidneys, your body can become prone to imbalances like high blood pressure, thin skin, low back pain, loss of balance, and bladder issues. Hydration is important to strengthen the renal system and drinking and eating foods high in water content can help you stay hydrated. Both watermelon and strawberries have 92% water content. Watermelon and Coconut water are both alkalizing, cleansing and nourishing. We couldn’t seem to drink or eat enough of these foods over this past week and wanted to share our watermelon-coconut obsession with you.
Watermelon Benefits: High in antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes, watermelon helps to cleanse the kidneys and helps the liver to process ammonia. The high Vitamin C and Vitamin A content helps to boost the body’s immunity and protect the skin and eyes and also helps to regulate PH levels, improves digestion and fights cancer.
Coconut Water Benefits: Coconut water is a true superfood and drinking 12 oz a day can help almost all of your body’s functions. It acts as a natural diuretic, aids kidney function, balances sugar levels, relieves constipation, boosts the immune system, prevents cancer, aids in hair growth, boosts energy levels, provides trace elements, balances hormones and feeds friendly bacteria in the gut. Make sure to use fresh coconut water from green coconuts or buy high quality coconut water! We love Harmless Harvest Coconut Water!
These 2 recipes below are both so healthy and taste fantastic! The flavors just blend together so well. We hope you enjoy both of them as much as we did!
2 cups cubed watermelon
1 cup coconut water
1 lime peeled
Sparkling Water (optional)
Place the watermelon in a blender with the coconut water and lime. Blend on high speed until smooth.
Did you have a nice Memorial Day Weekend? With so many kids out of school, it’s really starting to feel like summer is here. In keeping with our plant based inspiration and healthy for you foods, we are sharing this Summer Eggplant and Cauliflower dish.
Eggplants are healthy in so many ways and have been referred to as the “King of the Vegetables”. With a high content of vitamin C, they contain phyto nutrients that are essential for blood circulation and brain activity. Including eggplant in your diet will definitely up your chances at flawless, smooth skin. You can also use eggplant juice directly on your skin since it is antibacterial, antiviral, and contains antioxidants. Finally, eggplants also help to decrease the development of skin cancer.
One head of cauliflower grated or put through food processor.
1/3 onion chopped
One clove of garlic minced
Juice from 2 lemons
Fresh basil leaves
Salt and Pepper
Cook in pan all together with your favorite spices for 7-10 minutes – oil optional
Eggplant- slice & sauté in pan till brown on both sides- oil optional
Squeeze the juice from 2 lemons & sprinkle about 1 tablespoons of fresh herbs & enjoy.