Hello, Friday! I hope everyone has had a good week. I have not been doing a lot of food posts, but readers seem to really like them. Each Friday I will showcase a low calorie food, that is under 40 calories per serving. So far I have found about 40 but I think there may be more. If you are trying to lose weight incorporating these low calorie foods into your meal plan can help. Please remember your body needs calories to survive so eating just low calorie foods is probably not going to be a very healthy eating plan. Try to buy organic if you can.
Cucumbers is the low calorie food for today. I love cucumbers and this year we are trying to grow our own. They are very easy to grow and I am hoping for a ton. Well, maybe not a ton. Did you know the seeds and the skin are the healthier parts of the cucumber? I always peel mine, but I will try to start eating the skin. Cucumbers are fairly affordable and you don’t have to eat a whole one each time. According to my Basket app the cheapest cucumber is only 59 cents per each one at Save A Lot. That price is for non-organic. Another thing I did not know about cucumbers is that they can help the Pancreas produce Insulin. When I first read this I had to research it because I had never heard that before. It is only a theory but there are studies being done. If you have Diabetes eating cucumbers could be a good idea. One note, if you have Kidney Disease and are on fluid restrictions, 1 cucumber contains 287 grams of water which apparently is about 10 ounces of water. That is a lot of water, so consume them mindfully. There is a short video below on the health benefits of cucumbers.
According to my Nutrition Facts app 1 cucumber with the peel contains:
Water: 287 grams
Calories: 45. If you wanted it to be less than 40 just chop off a bit of it.
Protein: 2 grams who knew
Fat: .33 grams
Carbs: About 11 grams but 1.5 grams of Fiber which makes net carbs about 9.5
Sugars: 5 grams
Calcium: 48 mg. I consume very little dairy, to none, so I try to get Calcium from other food sources.
Iron: .84 mg
Magnesium: 39 mg
Phosphorus: 72 mg not bad for a vegetable
Sodium: 6 mg I found that interesting
Vitamin C: 8.5 mg
Folate: 21 ug
Vitamin A: 330 ug
Vitamin K: 49 ug
Cholesterol: 286 mg
There are other trace minerals in cucumbers.
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