Friday, August 28, 2009

Cool Cucumber Soup Recipe

I consider myself the kind of person who likes all vegetables!  I know how difficult it is for a lot of people to woof down certain veggies.  Lucky for cucumbers they're not the ones that are usually abandoned. =)  Try out this recipe.  I find it especially refreshing during long toxic days.

Some benefits of Cucumber:
1. Cucumber is best natural diuretic known, secreting and promoting the flow of urine.
2. Helps in kidney and urinary bladder disease.
3. The potassium content of cucumber makes it highly useful for conditions of high and low blood pressure.
4.  Cucumber contains erepsin, the enzyme that helps to digest protein.

Preparation Time:  20 minutes

3 cups plain nonfat yogurt
1 English cucumber (about 1 pound), cut into chunks
1 scallion, white and green parts, coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup)
3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs for garnish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium tomato (about 5 ounces), seeded and diced
2 teaspoons olive oil

1.  In a blender, combine the yogurt, cucumber, scallion and dill. Pulse until pureed. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Ladle into individual bowls.
2.  Top each serving with 2 tablespoons of diced tomato, drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil and garnish with a dill sprig.

*4 servings

Per Serving:
Calories 130
Total Fat 2.5 g (Sat Fat 0 g, Mono Fat 1.5 g, Poly Fat 0 g)
Protein 11 g
Carb 17 g
Fiber 2 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Sodium 140 mg

SOURCE:  Cool Cucumber Soup Recipe

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