By Gina Aliotti
I want to fill you in on a little Secret that has helped me tremendously over the years. Just like everyone else, I do get cravings for something sweet and delicious every now and then, okay pretty frequently! I found something better to snack on then that Sugar filled CRAP that lines the shelves of grocery stores. In fact, my perfect little treat meets 5 BIG requirements.
- It's satisfies my sweet tooth
- It's easy to make
- It's easy to take with me on the go
- It's inexpensive
- And most of all...It's Healthy
So what's my Savory little Secret that meets all of these criteria... Cucumbers sprinkled with Stevia.
Yep, you heard it right... Cucumbers. I simply wash them, skin them, slice them, put them in a bowl, and then sprinkle some Stevia on them. These sweet little snacks not only taste like watermelon (not kidding), but also have the following benefits.
Energy- Cucumbers are a good source of B vitamins.
Hydration and Vitamins- Cucumbers are 95 percent water, keeping the body hydrated while helping the body eliminate toxins. Cucumbers have most of the vitamins the body needs in a single day.
Cancer Fighting- Cucumber are known to contain lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol. These three lignans have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of several cancer types, including breast cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer and prostate cancer.
Fresh Breath- Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath. Ditch the gum and keep cucumber handy! ;)
Lose Weight - Due to its low calorie and high water content, cucumber is an ideal diet for people who are looking for weight loss. The high water content and dietary fiber in cucumbers are very effective in ridding the body of toxins from the digestive system, aiding digestion. Daily consumption of cucumbers can be regarded as a remedy for chronic constipation.
Fights Diabetes- Cucumber juice contains a hormone which is needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin which has been found to be beneficial to diabetic patients. .
But don't take my word for it... The next time you're craving something sweet, put down the chocolate and try some of my Stevia Cucumbers aka "watermelon".