Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Amazing Cucumber

My Grandma sent this to me and I thought it was interesting. My kids will usually eat cucumbers above most other raw veggies and I had no idea they had so much nutritional value.

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B 3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explores for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa?
Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber with react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown the reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finish a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel?
Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but is won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!
(I did try to get crayon off of a door and it didn't work so well, but maybe I did it wrong or something. I don't know)

And a pic of the kids costuems. They both loved their costume and wore them around the house about a month before halloween.


Ashley Wray said...

Well next time I'm at the store, I'm totally going to stock up on cucumbers! Who knew?
Ps, your kids look so cute in their Halloween costumes, looks like Maggie just loved hers!

Liz said...

I think I got that same e-mail about cucumbers. But, when I got back from MT I had over 40 MASSIVE cucumbers! Seriously, it was quite rediculous, and unfortunately most of them ended up getting thrown away. Hey, nice looking pumpkins! Oh, and the kids are cute, too... :)

Lindsey and Isaac said...

She sent that email to us too and I didn't know all that about them either. I am definitely going to be trying some of those things! Cute picture - Maggie looks so excited! And the pumpkins do look amazing - no wonder your wrists were so tired! :)

Burnhams said...

wow, I take all those supplements listed in the first one. It would be cheaper to eat cucumbers! I like them too :) Thanks for the info. Cute costumes too :)

Melissa said...

Yay for cucumbers! I love them and so does Cecilia. Your kids look so cute in their costumes! We miss you guys. Glad you are doing well.

Swensen Family said...

Who knew!! Oh my Maggie looks like she is having a great time in the picture and Kade looks cute too! Did they enjoy trick-or-treating. My kids love to dress up too and once they have their costumes it is hard to keep them out!