Summer is right around the corner and it’s important to stay hydrated. Hydrating, of course, means getting enough water in your day, but did you know you can eat your water? Cucumbers are amazingly hydrating and can be used in a variety of dishes because they’re mostly water, they pick up flavor super well. Plus, cucumbers hold their shape well, which makes them great for slicing, dicing, and adding to sandwiches and dips.

Cucumbers are wonderful because you can easily snack on them whole or with your favorite dips like hummus or tzatziki. You can add them to water to spice up the flavor and add an extra dose of hydration, or even dice them to make a cooling non-dairy yogurt sauce. You can slice them and add them to sandwiches Cucumbers make an excellently crunchy and refreshing snack!

We also highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App  — with over 15,000 delicious recipes, it is the largest meatless, vegan, plant-based, and allergy-friendly recipe resource to help you get healthy! And don’t forget to check out our Weekly Meal Plan Archives!

This week, we’re bringing delicious, fully vegan, and plant-based ways to eat and enjoy cucumbers!

Cucumbers in Salads

Vegan Vietnamese Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Roasted Peanuts

Source: Vietnamese Cucumber Salad with Cilantro and Roasted Peanuts

Fresh salads are great to enjoy in the summer and packing them with fresh fruits and veggies, and grains can make them a wholesome meal.  Cucumbers add a fresh bite to salads and it’s easy to incorporate with your favorite dressings. These salads will take your cucumber game to the next level!

Smoothies, Snacks, and Salsas

Vegan Zucchini Fritters with Vegan Cucumber Raita

Source: Zucchini Fritters with Vegan Cucumber Raita

There are so many different ways to explore the refreshing taste of cucumbers with snacks and smoothies galore! You can shred them into fritters, spiralize them into noodles and even add them to burgers with a sauce. Cucumbers are an extra fresh bite in salsas and relish, and adding them into smoothies also adds a refreshing taste!

Learn How to Cook Plant-Based Meals at Home

Reducing your meat intake and eating more plant-based foods is known to help with chronic inflammation, heart health, mental wellbeing, fitness goals, nutritional needs, allergies, gut health, and more! Unfortunately, dairy consumption also has been linked to many health problems, including acne, hormonal imbalance, cancer, and prostate cancer, and has many side effects

For those interested in eating more plant-based, we highly recommend purchasing one of our many plant-based cookbooks or downloading the Food Monster App which has thousands of delicious recipes making it the largest vegan recipe resource to help reduce your environmental footprint, save animals and get healthy! And, while you are at it, we encourage you to also learn about the environmental and health benefits of a plant-based diet.

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