Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad (& it's health benefits...)

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Cucumber Tomato Summer Salad (& it’s health benefits…)

Ok – as promised, one more delicious nutritious summer salad recipe! 
Even though the kiddos are back in school, and football season is about to begin,
the weather still requires cool, refreshing meals – especially ones that are SIMPLE.
This will not disappoint! 
With no further ado, I give you:
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Cucumber & Tomato Summer Salad with Fresh Herbs
  • 2 or 3 good sized cucumbers, peeled and chopped. No matter the variety. They are all delicious. We grew ours at home, but if you had a choice in buying, mabye I’d go with Persian Cucumbers? They are especially crisp and juicy.
  • 3 or 4 Spring Onions, chopped. I like to use the whole thing even the greens.
  • 3 or 4 good size Tomatoes chopped. Any kind will do. Again, we grew ours at home, so I used a collection of smaller varying varieties, and if you are buying, maybe do the same? some beefy, some sweet, some green zebras, some heirloom – for fun and color.
  • 2 or 3 Radishes, chopped.
  • a bunch of Mint, chopped.
  • a bunch of Basil, chopped.
  • one Jalapeno or Serrano Pepper, seeded and minced.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (preferably Bragg’s) about a 1/2 C?
  • Sea or Himalayan Salt & fresh ground Pepper to taste.
  • Toss in a large bowl, serve chilled

It’s so easy, I feel like I’ve forgotten something…!

Enjoy!

Coby (aka #mrsdrdahl)

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Santa Monica Healing Arts
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Here are 10 Benefits of cucumbers:

1.Quick pick me-up – Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins. Put down your sodas and coffee and eat a cucumber slice.

2. Rehydrates body and replenishes daily vitamins – Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day. Don’t forget to leave the skin on because the skin contains a good amount of vitamin C, about 10 percent of the daily-recommended allowance.

3. Skin and hair care – If you don’t like to eat the skin, it can be used for skin irritations and sunburns as aloe would be used. Place a slice over puffy eyes and its anti-inflammatory properties help reduce puffiness. The silicon and sulfur in cucumbers help to stimulate hair growth.

4. Fight cancers – Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.

5. Home care – Eliminates a foggy mirror. Before taking a shower, rub a cucumber slice along a mirror and it will eliminate the mirror fogging up. Instead of WD40, take a cucumber slice and rub it along a squeaky hinge and your door will stop squeaking.

6. Relieves bad breath – Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

7. Hangover cure – To avoid a morning hangover or headache; eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish many essential nutrients, reducing the intensity of both hangover and headache.

8. Aids in weight loss and digestion – Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.

9. Cures diabetes, reduces cholesterol and controls blood pressure – Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. Researchers found that a compound called sterols in cucumbers may help reduce cholesterol levels. Cucumbers contain a lot of potassium, magnesium and fiber. These work effectively for regulating blood pressure. This makes cucumbers good for treating both low blood pressure and high blood pressure.

10. Promotes joint health, relieves gout and arthritis pain -Cucumber is an excellent source of silica, which is known to help promotes joint health by strengthening the connective tissues. They are also rich in vitamin A, B1, B6, C & D, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium, and Potassium. When mixed with carrot juice, they can relieve gout and arthritis pain by lowering the uric acid levels

(source: http://www.naturalnews.com/036769_cucumbers_health_benefits_rehydration.html)

Top 10 Health Benefits of Tomatoes:

  1. Anti-oxidant: Tomatoes contain a lot of vitamins A and C, mostly because of beta-carotene, and these vitamins act as an anti-oxidant, working to neutralize dangerous free radicals in the blood stream. These dangerous free radicals can cause cell damage. And keep in mind, the more red the tomato, the more beta-carotene it contains. Also, remember that cooking destroys much of vitamin C, so stick with raw tomatoes for these benefits.
  2. Diabetes: Tomatoes also have plenty of the mineral chromium, which helps diabetics to keep their blood sugar level under control.
  3. Smoking: No, tomatoes can’t help you stop smoking, but what they can do is to help reduce the damage smoking does to your body. Tomatoes contain chlorogenic acid and coumaric acid, which help to fight against some of the carcinogens brought about by cigarettesmoke.
  4. Vision: Because of all that vitamin A, tomatoes are also an excellent food to help improve your vision. This also means tomatoes can help your eyes be better about night blindness.
  5. Heart troubles: Due to potassium and vitamin B, tomatoes help to lower blood pressure and to lower high cholesterol levels. This, in turn, could help prevent strokes, heart attack and other potentially life-threatening heart problems.
  6. Skin care: Because of high amounts of lycopene, a substance found in many of the more expensive over-the-counter facial cleansers, tomatoes are great for skin care. The best way to use tomatoes for skin care is to peel a bunch of them, eight to twelve, then lay back and place the tomato skins on your face (or other skin areas). Make sure the inside of the tomato skins are against your skin, and let this sit for at least 10 minutes. Then wash off. You’re face will be cleaner and more shiny, though it also might be a little red from the tomatoes. Don’t worry, that red on your face will wear away.
  7. Hair: Remember all that vitamin A in tomatoes? Well, it’s good for keeping your hair strong and shiny, and its also good for your eyes, teeth, skin and bones.
  8. Cancer: Various studies have shown that because of all that lycopene in tomatoes, the red fruit helps to lessen the chances of prostate cancer in men, and also reduces the chance of stomach cancer and colorectal cancer. Lycopene is considered somewhat of a natural miracle anti-oxidant that may help to stop the growth of cancer cells. And, interestingly enough, cooked tomatoes produce more lycopene than do raw tomatoes, so enjoy that tomato soup!
  9. Bones: Tomatoes have a fair amount of vitamin K and calcium, both of which help to strengthen and possibly repair in minor ways bones and bone tissue.
  10. Kidney stones and gallstones: Eating tomatoes without the seeds has been shown in some studies to lessen the risk of gallstones and kidney stones.

(source: http://jennajasso.com/tomatoes/)

Top Health Benefits of Radish:

1. Dietary fiber:

Radishes are rich in dietary fiber content which improves the body’s ability to digest food and also keep the metabolism at a right pace.

2. Antioxidants:

Humans need antioxidants because certain oxidation reactions can produce unnecessary results and by products which may be cancerous or make the body prone to diseases. Radishes contain such antioxidants which are usually found in citrus fruits and vegetables.

3. Vitamin benefits:

The vitamins A, C and K that are present in radishes help to prevent skin disorders to a great extent. The consumption of radishes results in better cell production and cell repair.

4. Iron benefits:

Iron available in radishes have positive effects on blood and hence on the overall function of heart. Iron helps to maintain healthy cells, skin, hair and nails. Consumption of iron rich food on a daily basis gives improves general appearances.

5. Metabolism:

Radish consumption boosts the metabolism process in the body which in turn helps the internal functions to perform better.

6. Weight loss:

The high water content of radish and the presence of non-digestible carbohydrates make them beneficial. Consumption of radish helps to avoid excess calories and fat accumulation in the body.

7. Muscle building and repair:

A lot many nutrients are needed in order to build up muscles. However, proteins are the building blocks of muscles. Radishes are a very rich source of proteins, hence; it should be included in your diet.

8. Cholesterol and heart diseases:

Radishes, like many other vegetables, reduce the absorption of cholesterol by signaling the blood and heart help preventing any cardio diseases.

9. Skin diseases:

Radish is beneficial owing to the Vitamin C and antioxidant content. It is quite effective in preventing skin diseases and inflammation. Regular inclusion of radish in diet results in healthy and radiant skin.

10. Minerals:

Many minerals like potassium, iron, sodium and calcium found in radishes play an important role in body’s metabolism. They act as oxygen carriers, pregnancy nutrients and even blood sugar controllers. Also, they help in controlling blood pressure.

(source: http://www.stylecraze.com/articles/benefits-of-radish/)

(source: http://www.stepintomygreenworld.com/healthyliving/health/top-10-benefits-of-organic-apple-cider-vinegar/)

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