As cool as a cucumber

Cucumber, kheera, kakadi, kakdi, kakkarikkari or tar. No matter what name you address it with, cucumber is a summer essential for all of us. With 95% water content and low calorie count, cucumber makes for a great choice to keep your body hydrated and is a good addition in a weight loss plan.

It’s benefits go way beyond cooling:

• Revitalizes skin

• Reduces dark circles

• Reduces Hairfall

• Aids digestion

• Cures hangovers

• Strengthens bones

• Aids in weight loss It can be enjoyed in salads, juices, sandwiches or infused waters.

Here are a few options below to include this in your diet.

Cucumber Salad


• 2 large cucumbers, sliced

• 1/4 cup red onion, sliced

• 1/4 cup greek yogurt (or sour cream or mayo or combination)

• 1 lemon, juice and zest (or 1/4 cup white vinegar)

• 2 tablespoons dill, chopped

• salt and pepper to taste

• 1 clove garlic, grated (optional)


Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and serve chilled!

Cucumber and Tuna Sandwich


• 8 slices of wholemeal bread

• Butter/ cream cheese spread

• 400 g tinned tuna, drained

• 4 tbsp mayonnaise

• half a cucumber, washed and sliced

• 200 g carrots, washed, peeled and cut into batons


1. Spread butter/ cream cheese of your choice on the bread slices.

2. Mash drained tuna with mayonnaise and spread on 4 of the slices.

3. Top the slices with cucumber, carrot batons and red grape slices.

4. Cut and serve!

Watermelon and Cucumber Cooler


• ½ watermelon cut into large pieces (roughly 4.5 lbs)

• ¼ C. honey

• ¼ cucumber peeled

• ½ C. mint

• 2 limes

• Club soda


1. Top crushed ice with muddled mint in glasses.

2. In a blender add watermelon, honey, cucumber and blend until smooth.

3. Pour the mix into glass and fill ⅔ of the way

4. Squeeze juice from half of lime into each glass

5. Top with a bit of club soda, stir and enjoy! Refresh and rejuvenate yourself with a twist of cooling cucumber in your diet.

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