The Versatile Cucumber (With Recipes)…

cucumbers in a white bowlCucumbers are great when on the HCG diet plan due to their high water content and low calories.  They are only 16 calories per sliced cup and 96% water.  That is including the peel.  Unless you are eating organic, I don’t recommend eating the peel.  Cucumbers are full of nutrition and high in fiber.  Good for any weight loss diet or just eating healthy in general.  The cucumber is, possibly,  more versatile than you may know.

Big question when on the HCG diet plan is,  what about a pickle?  I’m sure you were wondering yourself!  Well, it is not officially on Dr. Simeons’ diet protocol, but, a pickle is just a cucumber and vinegar is allowed.  Many brands do add sugar, so you have to watch for that.  It’s up to you if you want to give them a chance.

The cucumber is one of the oldest cultivated crops and believed to have originated in India.  It belongs to the gourd family like the squash, zucchini and watermelon.

I love to add slices of cucumber to my lemon water.  It gives it an extra bit of flavor and nutrition.

Cucumber Raita

1 cup finely chopped cucumbers

1 cup plain non-fat yogurt

cumin, coriander, salt & pepper to taste

Cucumber “Soba Noodles”

Spiral or shred 1/2 of a seedless cucumber

Boil for 10 minutes

Add other HCG diet plan items for great low-calorie recipes!

Cucumber Boats

Quarter cucumber long ways and scoop out seeds.

*Use as “boats” to hold other HCG diet plan items!

Cucumber Bowls

Cut cucumber in 1/2 inch thick slices

Scoop out seeds, leaving a bit in the bottom to create the “bowl”

*Serve other HCG diet plan items in these “bowls”

*Ideas to serve in the “Boats” or “Bowls”:  Egg, Chicken Brest, Shrimp Salads etc…

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