Cucumbers are enriched with nutrients like folic acid, vitamins A and C. They contain a high concentration of caffeic and ascorbic acids. These agents fasten the overall metabolism and prevent water retention. The skin of cucumber is a good source of molybdenum, magnesium, silica and potassium apart from trace minerals like silica so I like to leave them on. Being mainly composed of water and fiber, cucumbers offer negligible amount of calories so they are not only great as a part of a healthy diet, but also great if you want to shed a few pounds!

Easy Marinated Cucumbers
1 large cucumber, sliced
3 Tbsp. Sassy Vinaigrette (prepared according to package directions)

Place cucumbers in a shallow container and cover with dressing. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. Remove and add with your favorite protein and other vegetable. Also great with cottage cheese!