My "Go To" Summer Snack

July 16, 2015

 

As a distance runner, I like to eat lots of nutritious snacks to keep my energy levels up after a long workout. One of my "go to" foods is cucumbers on a small salad or just plain with hummus...here's why!

 

-Cucumbers are loaded with water ( 95 per cent!) which can help you stay hydrated on a hot summer day.

 

-Believe it or not this vegetable which contains lots of water, also contains polyphenols called lignans which may help lower your risk of breast and ovarian cancers. They also contain phytonutrients which have anti cancer properties.

 

- Cucumbers may help reduce the inflammatory response in your body.

 

- Cucumbers contain an anti-inflammatory flavonol called fisetin that appears to protect brain health. It helps improve your memory and protects your nerve cells from age related decline.

 

- Cucumbers contain lots of nutrients and vitamins: vitamin k, B, and C and manganese and copper. 

 

Remember, folks, food determines how we feel and heal!

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