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Ideal Summer Food: 7 Cooling and Hydrating Cucumber Recipes

Ideal Summer Food: 7 Cooling and Hydrating Cucumber Recipes

Summer is the best time to take advantage of cucumbers, as they’re at their peak freshness, making them crisper, cleaner-tasting and actually better for you! Plus, ucumbers have some serious health and weight-loss benefits.

– They hydrate you, which keeps you functioning at your best and curbs your appetite.

– They help your body cleanse itself, which removes toxins, de-puffs skin and helps you shed water weight.

– They contain high amounts of cucurbitacin, a compound which has been increasingly linked to cancer prevention.

– They’re low in calories and high in Vitamins K, C and B, which means they give you energy, boost the immune system and help promote strong bones.

Check out these top recipes for quick ideas on how to enjoy these summer snack legends without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. Summer is a time to be outside!

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1. Cucumber Coconut Salad

Cucumber Coconut Salad

    Martha Stewart’s rendition of a classic Indian salad, its cooling properties and sweet coconut flakes make this recipe a perfect companion on a hot day.

    If you you have a mandolin slicer handy, you can shave these paper thin slices of cucumber for a really delicate texture. But you can always slice by hand or even peel and then grate the cucumber with the largest grate and get a similar affect.

    2. Creamy Coconut Soup

    Cucumber Creamy Soup

      Both light and filling is not always an easy accomplishment, but this soup hits both of those points expertly.

      This is a creamy cucumber and avocado soup that’s great for either a hot or cool summer evening, or cold from the fridge for a soul-lifting lunch.

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      3. Tomato, Basil And Cucumber Salad With Feta

      Tomato, Basil, Cucumber Feta Salad

        This salad has bright colors, bright flavors and just enough of a feta dusting to soften the crisp, fresh produce. There’s no rival for raw herbs over a juicy summer salad.

        Basil in particular has a great little thrill to its flavor profile and wakes up your taste buds.

        4. Detox Water With Lemon, Lime, Cucumber And Mint

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          The ultimate in refreshing drinks, this beverage is so simple and will help your body replenish itself more efficiently than plain water. The vitamins and minerals in the lemon, lime, cucumber and mint leach into the water as it sits on the fridge over night.

          The next morning, you’ll find a subtly sweet and zingy pitcher full of cool, infused water waiting for you. A heavenly way to start the day!

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          Another way to enjoy this on a whim is to simply juice a lemon and a lime, muddle the cucumber and mint and pour seltzer water over the top. This will make for a drink with an extra pop in flavor with bubbles! Use pure seltzer water instead of club soda or tonic water, as the salt will work against the hydrating properties of this summer beverage.

          5. Curried Quinoa Salad With Cucumber Mint Raita

          Curried Quinoa Cucumber Mint Raita

            High protein quinoa, spiced with Madras curry powder and cooled with cucumber and fat-free yogurt, over crisp baby spinach leaves. This dish will satisfy you and kick your metabolism into the next gear.

            Use a milder curry if you’re sensitive to heat or if it’s a particularly hot night outside.

            6. Smoked Salmon in Cucumber Boats

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              The ultimate summer party hors d’oeuvres, this smoky, sweet finger food will be a favorite.

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              Not just pretty and tasty, this snack is also an ultimate brain food, as salmon contains high amounts Omega 3 fatty acids. And all this in a cute ‘cuke’ boat!

              Peeling the cucumbers before hollowing them out into boats is optional. It does make for a nice squishy, soft bite, but keep in mind that the skin contains a lot of the fiber and vitamins. Seems wasteful to just toss them!

              Try making these with a thinner-skinned cucumber like Persian or Hothouse, if you don’t like the waxy skin.

              7. Cucumber Seaweed Salad

              Cucumber Seaweed Salad

                Sweet and fresh with just a touch of protein from the seaweed, this unique salad is a new twist on a couple of Japanese favorites.  And it’s ready in just five to 10 minutes!

                You can find the seaweed at your local Asian market or in the Oriental aisle of most grocers like Whole Foods, or even on Amazon.

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                How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

                Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

                “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

                But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

                Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

                1. Always Have a Book

                It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

                Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

                2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

                We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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                Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

                3. Get More Intellectual Friends

                Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

                Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

                4. Guided Thinking

                Albert Einstein once said,

                “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

                Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

                5. Put it Into Practice

                Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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                If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

                In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

                6. Teach Others

                You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

                Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

                7. Clean Your Input

                Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

                I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

                Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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                8. Learn in Groups

                Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

                Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

                9. Unlearn Assumptions

                You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

                Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

                Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

                10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

                Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

                Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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                11. Start a Project

                Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

                If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

                12. Follow Your Intuition

                Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

                Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

                13. The Morning Fifteen

                Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

                If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

                14. Reap the Rewards

                Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

                15. Make Learning a Priority

                Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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