Innovative Salad Event # 2- Fruits

Its a second month I am hosting Innovative salad Event, Last month theme Ingredient was Cucumber , I have received more than 20 salads in this event. It was really a wonderful experience  to host this event.
As you know in this event I will provide one ingredient , that need to part of your recipe. You can use that ingredient in any form.This Months Ingredient  is Fruits-Pineapple, Apple and Strawberry  . you can use any of these three Fruits in your salad and use all your imagination. I am expecting a lot of Innovative Salads from all my blogger friends and all reader’s of cook healthy.
 
Ingredient of the Month Fruits-Pineapple, Apple or Strawberry
(You can include all or any , Its your choice)
 Things you need to remember
1. Make Salad using Ingredient(Pineapple, strawberry or Apple this month) of the Event and post it in your blog. You can include all ingredients or any of them
2. Archived posts are welcome, You have to just link your post to this event by adding link and logo of this event in your post

3. Link your recipes to the link provided at the end of this post .

4. Multiple entries are allowed but restricted to 3 per blog.

5.Add logo of the event and  link in your post

6. non Blogger can also send their recipes .

7. Mail your entries to cookhealthy(dot in (at)gmail(dot)com with the following details:

cookhealthy.in@gmail.com

Your name
Blog name and blog URL
Entry name and URL
A picture of your entry

if Non blogger send your entry with complete recipe and photo of recipe. I will be happy to publish them to the Cookhealthy.in

8. last date to submit your recipes is 31st March 2011. 

9 Both veg and Non Veg entries are allowed

Heath Benifits of Cucumber and Innovative salad Event Reminder

This month I have started an Event called Innovative salad. Ingredient of this month was one of basic Ingredient of Green salad Cucumber.  Cucumbers are scientifically known as Cucumis sativus and belong to the same family as watermelon, zucchini, pumpkin, and other types of squash. Cucumber is high source of vitamin, minerals and fiber. You can consume a good amount of cucumber as salad , and it wont give a lot of calories and it has lot of fiber so it will surely kill your hunger

Nutrition Value in 100 gm Cucumber

Nutrient Value(%DV)
Vitamin C 10%
Molybdenum 8%
Vitamin A 5%
Potassium 5%
Manganese 5%
Folate 5%
Dietary Fiber 5%
Typtophan 4%
Magnesium 4%
Calories 13

Health Benefits

A Radiant Complexion

The silica present in cucumber is one of essential component of healthy connective tissue ,such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, and bone.

Good source of Fibers and Water

Adding a one or two cucumber to your salads is a good way to increase your fiber intake because cucumber comes naturally prepackaged with the extra fluid you need when consuming more fiber.

Helps in controlling High Blood pressure

You can add food that is high in Potassium, magnesium and fiber to control hyper tension naturally. Cucumber is high source for all these elements. If you include cucumber in you daily diet it will also help in controlling you BP up to some extents.

As Beauty aid

For Dark circles and puffy eyes

a fresh cucumber can be cut into thin slices, and these placed on the eyes for 5-10 minutes

As Face pack

Grated cucumber can be used as a mask and tonic for the entire face and neck. The benefit of a high sulfur and silicon content helps with skin surface issues and balancing, and the natural cooling properties provide for an easy facial on a hot humid day.

How you can consume Cucumber

As Salad-

Cucumber mixed with any of any other ingredients like tomato, onion, broccoli or any other ingredient of your choice make a really nice salad. Some of the salad Recipes in Cook healhy Blog

Baby corn salad in Honey Mint Sauce

Green Salad in Peanut sauce

As Pickle

You can also make pickle using cucumber and other salad vegetables

Vegetable Pickle in Sweet Vinegar

At the end I would like to inform you that end date of Innovative salad Event is on25th Feb. If you have some salad recipe that include Cucumber then you can link your recipe in the linky in the Event page  or send me at cookwithpia at gmail dot com.

Waiting for some more innovation with Cucumber so that we can enjoy cucumber with lot of flavors