Spotlight Recipes: Cucumber Madness

Did you realize these crunchy veggies contribute to your fluid needs? One medium cucumber is 96% water -- that's great for battling August's dehydrating temps. Cucumbers are pretty low in calories, too, with only 24 each and a good source of both vitamins C and K.

If you're a home gardener, you're probably knee-deep in cool cukes right now. Many varieties are in season and, if you aren't growing you're own, they're definitely available at your local farmers’ market or grocery store. Did you realize these crunchy veggies contribute to your fluid needs? One medium cucumber is 96% water -- chomp on some to help battle August's dehydrating temps. Cucumbers are also low in calories (24 calories each) and a good source of both vitamins C and K.

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