Soul hooked on... Cucumber
Only halfway through 2020... I don’t think anyone expected 2020 to turn out this way.
What’s happening around the world has brought our awareness back to some foundational issues like health, hate, racism, power, justice, fear ... sometimes, it can be mentally draining. It has taken me some time to articulate my words too.
While processing my own thoughts, I've been busy working on some exciting projects that I can't wait to share with you💕 As crucial as all the issues we are currently addressing, it’s important to keep ourselves safe, sane and healthy.
On @soulhookedonfood and @hello.soulistic, I strive to share my love of food and perspective on how simply changing my diet to focus on plant based ingredients helped me overcome a tough time in my life when I struggled with mental health and skin issues. My goal has always been to show and let you discover for yourself the beauty in healthy eating and how it transform your body and mind.
This is why I'm starting the 'Soul Hooked on ...' Series where I show you an ingredient that my soul is hooked on but often underrated, its health and benefits and how you can include it in a tasty recipe!
Kicking off the series is - Cucumber!
Did you know that cucumber is actually a fruit? They are grown from the flowers of the plant and contain seeds, yet it's considered a vegetable by most people.
Cucumbers are said to be the most hydrating vegetables (again, technically - a fruit) on earth due to their very high moisture content. In a cup of sliced cucumber, 95% of the weight comes from water.
This is why it's quite a great source of hydration, especially after a workout. A study of post-exercise hydration found that reaching for a cucumber after finishing an intense workout may hydrate your body twice as effectively as a glass of water. This water-rich “vegetable” can help you recover faster as it contains a bit of sugar, protein, mineral salt and vitamins that are lost during exercise.
Substances found in cucumber may also help to control and prevent diabetes by lowering blood sugar or stopping blood glucose from rising too high.
And of course, you have seen people add a slice of cucumber to each eye during facials, this is because they help to decrease puffiness. Use cucumbers to cool and soothe the skin, reduce swelling or relieve skin irritation.
These are just some of the many benefits of cucumbers. Pretty cool, right?
Since it's summer here in Hong Kong, how about a refreshing cucumber drink for this weekend's nature walk?
Hydration is essential to your athletic performance - if healthy food fuels your body, water is the hydration your muscles require to move fluidly. Your muscles need less energy to contract when hydrated, this means your body is able to conserve more energy to use throughout the day. When blood is properly hydrated, it will be thinner and more efficiently distributed, resulting in lower heart rate and improved performance. This is why moms always say - drink water!
Since summer weather in Hong Kong is getting as high as 38°C some days, I thought I would show you how to make this hydrating drink we can enjoy together!
Cucumber Mint Mojito
To start, create your basic electrolyte beverage:
- 2 cups Coconut Water
- 1 tea bag Green Tea
- 1 tsp Agave
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
Place the green tea bag into your coconut water. Let it sit in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Add agave and salt after.
- 1/2 Cucumber (chopped)
- 1/2 Lime Juice
- 1 tsp Coconut Sugar
- 2 cups Chilled Green Mint Tea
- 1 pinch Sea Salt
Blend all ingredients and mix with your "basic". Strain the pulp with a fine mesh strainer.
Keep yourself hydrated with this little upgrade to your “water”. Try out this recipe to have at home with your favourite meal or take it out and about with you on a hot summer's day. I brought it to my farm day. What about you? Remember to tag @soulhookedonfood so I can see all of your recreations.
Soulistic is a vegan brand created by Chef and Food Therapist, Tiffany Lau (@soulhookedonfood), as a platform to educate customers about healthier diets over medication by providing products and experiences that create change from within. Read about her story and what led her to start Soulistic here.