Behold the cucumber, the perfect ingredient for all of your summer picnics! Seriously, cucumbers are the under appreciated nutrition heroes of the fresh produce aisle. Cucumbers are hydrating, cooling to the body and mind, naturally cleansing and have incredible benefits for digestion, skin, and hair. At Zama we LOVE cucumbers and feature them in many of our treatments including our cucumber infused water!
For this reason, we have put 5 unique cucumber recipes for you to enjoy and access more cucumber goodness.
Why not take advantage of cucumber's calming and cleansing properties while enjoying an adult beverage? Adding cucumbers to this classic summer favorite, will add smoothness to the taste and reduce inflammation caused by the alcohol.
Drinking infused water is definitely the way to go. Cucumber water soothes the body and mind, while giving you a shot of B vitamins and alkalinity. You will find that you will drink more water when you add cucumbers to your water glass. Cucumbers in water are great for sports recovery too because they help reduce inflammation and promote lymphatic drainage. Add in a few sprigs of lavender for an out of this world flavor.
You can let combined ingredients cool in fridge for a few hours for stronger flavor.
Take advantage of cucumber's digestive magic with this recipe. Kimchee is spicy and salty can be enjoyed alongside meats, grilled vegetables, whole grains, or soup. You can eat this cucumber kimchee recipe right away, but we encourage you to let it sit so that the flavors combine and it ferments a little to add more digestive benefits.
Eat right away or put the cucumber kimchee into a jar and let sit on counter overnight to ferment and soften. Store in fridge. Recipe Adapted from: http://hapanom.com/quick-cucumber-kimchi/
Okay, so this recipe does not actually have cucumbers in it, but they are the PERFECT companion. Spread this nutritional and tasty goodness on your favorite veggies, layer it on nori wrappers, scoop it with a hearty cracker, or eat it with a spoon! This vegan paté is filling and easy to digest.
Cool, refreshing, and full of good for you ingredients, take a chance on this fun summer dessert! Surprise your guests at a summer dinner or make for a perfect afternoon pick-me-up-sweet-tooth-snack. You'll feel refreshed and alert with this surprisingly delicious sorbet.
Recipe adapted from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-1225/Homemade-Cucumber-Sorbet.html