Someone else's mistake; my added knowledge

12:22 PM

The day that my inlaws left they were kind enough to go to the market for me and load me up with lots of fresh veggies and fruit while I took Firecracker to get her shots. In the end my father in law went by himself, which made my mother in law nervous because she doesn't usually trust him to do that sort of thing on his own. Especially not without a list. And that day he had no list. Just the few last word of his wife saying: zucchini, tomatoes, apples, etc. I'm pretty sure he listened. Or tried to listen. When we all got home we had a rush to get their stuff in the car and see them off. I left the things on the counter, gave him a million thanks, we all gave kisses and they were gone. And I went in to wash the veggies.

Low and behold there were no zucchinis. But there were two HUGE cucmbers. Great, I thought, I already have one in the fridge and we only use it for gazpacho. What am I going to do with these?

Neither Principe nor I are cucumber lovers. So I looked up some recipes online and found out something interesting that broke down to: if you don't like cucumber you better start because you are missing out on something GREAT. What? I thought these things were basically just water! But no!

  • They are super low in calories and have no saturated fat or cholesterol. Duh! So, I pretty much guessed that one already what with them being so watery. But there is more!
  • They have 17 mcg of vitamin  K per 100 g which has been found to have potential role in bone strength.
  • It is a very good source of potassium. Potassium is a heart friendly electrolyte which helps reduce blood pressure and heart rates by countering the effects of sodium.
  • But here is the BEST PART: Cucumbers contain unique anti-oxidants in good ratios such as ß-carotene and a-carotene, vitamin-C, vitamin-A, zea-xanthin and lutein. All of these help against aging and fight against various diseases. 
Well, can't fight the good word on cucumbers. So I have started to eat them. Drenched in ranch sauce but still.... And besides eating them I looked up a couple face masks to make out of them to take full advantage of the whole anti-aging booha.  Did you know that rubbing a cucumber on your sunburn will help heal it by releasing the above vitamins and minerals into the skin? I don't have a sunburn but as I turn one year older I can't help but get onboard using something natural on my skin to keep me looking brighter! Here is the face mask I made last night, whose cooling effect I greatly enjoyed in the humid heat while folding laundry. So much so that when Principe started to make fun of me I didn't even care. I felt that good!

I mixed:
1/4 cucumber, half a cup of oats and half a yogurt cup (natural yogurt) in a blender until it became a sludge. I rubbed it on my face and enjoyed!

I am not sure how often this should be used, but I liked it so much (and I swear this is the first time in 12 years I have used a mask!) that I plan to use it every other day. It just feels so good with all of this heat. And in the meantimes I am going to eat my weight in this super food!

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