Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Tasty and refreshing high-protein snack that will tied you over!

Flaked tuna on cucumbers. Yum!

Here's a snack that is low in calories, healthy, refreshing, high in protein and will keep you satisfied until your next meal. Have it any time of day! Tomato-and-onion-flavored flaked light tuna on cucumber slices. Just slice up cucumbers and place tuna on top. That's it! J

Tuna is a good source of protein to help maintain and develop strong muscles. You can get any canned flaked light tuna of your choice, or get the Clover Leaf brand tomato and onion flavored canned flake light tuna. Heck, make your own flavored tuna! Use canned tuna, add tomato paste, garlic, onion powder, paprika and pepper. Any way you make it, it will be delicious and refreshing on top of cucumber.

Cucumbers are a low-calorie food that is high in water content, so they fill you up, increasing satiety levels and preventing overeating. Also, the water content makes cucumber juice a diuretic, which assists the body in getting rid of waste products and toxins, and stimulating digestive processes. Furthermore, it supplies the necessary electrolytes and restores hydration of the body cells, thus reducing water retention.

Other important vitamins and minerals include:

Vitamin A
Cucumbers are loaded with vitamin A (especially the skin). This vitamin serves as one of the many antioxidants that protect the body from free radicals, lowering the risk of various cancers and illness due to damaged cells. Vitamin A has many important functions such as aiding in normal bone growth, development of white blood cells and normal blood cell functioning. Vitamin A is also crucial for the retina and good vision.

Vitamin K
Like vitamin A, vitamin K plays a role in building bone, as well as other tissues of the body. However, vitamin K is mainly responsible for making some of the proteins the liver requires for blood clotting. This coagulation ability is important for people who suffer from bleeding disorders, reducing their chances of bleeding out after a cut or injury.

Potassium
A 100g serving, around 3.5 oz, of cucumber contains around 150mg of potassium. This mineral aids in metabolic functions and also plays a role in the development of muscle tissue. Adequate potassium is also necessary for maintaining normal electrical activity of the heart. 

In Addition 
Cucumbers also contain other beneficial minerals such as calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. They are also an excellent source of silica, which is a trace mineral that contributes to the strength of our connective tissue. Connective tissue is what holds our body together. 

The alkalinity of the minerals in cucumber juice effectively aids in regulating the body's blood pH, neutralizing acidity. The cooling and healing effect of cucumber is also soothing for the treatment of gastric and duodenal ulcers, and effective when used for various skin problems, including swelling under the eyes and sunburn!!

Wow… what a great gift from mother nature. Cool, refreshing, healthy cucumbers! J

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