If you’ve been trying to shed those extra kilos, you must’ve realised how tough it is to get a fit body. With innumerable fad diets, exercises and other do’s and don’ts, one can easily lose track of what to do, if not the weight. Whether it’s the stubborn belly fat that simply refuses to go or the layers of fat all around different parts of the body that is reminiscent of our delicious food escapades, the task to get rid of it is a tough one. Even after hours of sweating it out in the gym or running miles we may not be able to completely achieve our weigh loss goals. Various health experts and nutritionists have time and again suggested to pair your workout with a healthy diet, as it’s the diet that is more important. What you eat or add to your diet plays a significant role in your weight loss journey. What if we tell you that a chilled cucumber soup may help keeping your weight loss journey on track?
Cucumber Nutritional Information
Yes, cucumber is a wonder ingredient that belongs to the gourd family and its scientific name is Cucumin Sativus. Cucumber originally hails from the south Asia but is now cultivated across many continents. It is known to be a powerhouse of many essential vitamins, minerals and electrolytes. As per Health Practitioner, Nutritionist and certified Macrobiotic Health Coach, Shilpa Arora, cucumber is rich in nutrients like vitamin K, vitamin C, phosphorus, B-6, riboflavin, magnesium, folate, calcium and zinc. Dr. Anju Sood, a Bangalore-based Nutritionist says “the high amount of antioxidants and low amount of calories in cucumber boosts metabolism and results in multiple health benefits that includes weight loss.” Cucumbers are also rich in fibre that keeps you satiated for long without adding extra calories to your diet, further keeping untimely hunger pangs at bay. Moreover, the low-fat and low-calorie properties of cucumber make it ideal for weight loss.
Crunchy, cool and ever-so delightful cucumber can be a great addition to your weight loss regime.
Other Benefits Of Cucumber
Did you know that cucumber is also known to have high water content that can cleanse (detoxify) your body?! So there’s one more reason of adding this humble food to your diet. While cucumber is a wonder veggie that can be eaten raw but it is also a super versatile one when it comes to preparing delicious salads, dips, juices or soups.Cucumber is a versatile food and can be eaten in a variety of formats.
Here we have a delicious 5-ingredient cucumber recipe that can aid weight loss because losing weight does not mean you’d have to consume a boring bland diet.
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A cold soup that you can easily be prepared at home every day, this cucumber soup can be a complete wholesome meal that is perfect to give your weight loss regime a boost. Packed with the goodness of yogurt, cucumber, fennel, water and a tang of lime blended together, this cold soup recipe is one of the best ones to prepare this season. It will not only boost metabolism and aid weight loss but will also keep you hydrated all day long. The addition of fennel with cucumber in this soup doubles the health benefits since fennel is known to have better nutrient absorbing properties from food that helps in quick digestion, better metabolism and weight loss. Find the cucumber soup recipe here.
The best part about this cucumber soup is that it tastes amazing and can be made in a matter of few minutes. You can have a bowl of this soup once in a day. You can pair it with any meal of the day. But always consult your nutritionist or doctor before you add anything new to your diet.
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