Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Superfoods Part XIII

With summer in full swing I wanted to bring your attention to two more Super Foods available in grocery stores and farmer’s markets near you.

Cucumber – Growing up if I felt feverish my mom would always check and tell me “You are as Cool as a Cucumber” and there is no question about it these days. The flesh of cucumbers is primarily composed of water but also contains caffeic acid and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), both of which help soothe skin irritations and reduce swelling. Cucumbers' hard skin is rich in fiber and contains a variety of beneficial minerals including potassium, silica and magnesium.
How to Prepare: Stay cool by adding this to a green juice, slicing one into a salad, or just have it paired with some hummus as a healthy afternoon snack. If you really want to chill try this Cold Cucumber Soup recipe.

Grapes – This fruit is packed with flavor and has many benefits including the ability to prevent or slow down heart disease; they contain high levels of caffeic acid which is a very strong cancer fighting substance; they also help fight off viruses as well as aging. There are over 50 varieties of grapes that are cultivated , while the nutrients contained by grapes are different from one kind to another we can say that grapes are 70-80% water and 15-30% sugar (fructose and glucose). In addition, grapes also contain the following nutrients: phlobaphene, quercetine, gallic acid, silicic acid, anin, glucosides, salicilic acid, phosphoric acid, oxalic acid, pectins, tannic substances, calcium, magnesium, manganese, iron, vitamin B1, B2, B6, B12, A, C, P, PP, K, enzymes and folic acid.
How to Prepare: Eat them alone as a snack; freeze them for a cool treat. A personal favorite is adding them to homemade chicken salad for a sweet addition.

Be sure to check out my past Super Food Entries:

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