This week my mom showed me how to cut cucumbers for kids...so they will actually eat them! And I am thrilled to be sharing this simple and quick trick with you!
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Why we love cucumbers
We love cucumbers because they are easy to slice, chop, peel and incorporate into your recipes. They also make for a great snack on their own, paired with hummus or your favorite salad dressing. While I've never pickled cucumbers on my own, pickled cucumbers are certainly a delicious way to eat this yummy vegetable. In fact, Ali with Gimme Some Oven has an incredible recipe for Easy Refrigerator Pickles that is worth checking out!
Cucumbers are also incredibly nutritious! Cucumbers are low in calories but high in many vitamins and nutrients. According to Healthline, cucumbers contain antioxidants which may help reduce the risk of chronic disease. They are also composed of about 96% water, which helps increase hydration. To encourage kids to eat cucumbers, we love this simple trick to cut cucumbers creatively for kids!
Should you peel cucumbers before slicing?
When deciding how to cut their cucumbers, some people wonder whether it's safe or recommended to eat a cucumber's peel. According to LiveScience, a cucumbers seeds and peel are the most nutrient-dense parts of the cucumber, so eating the peel has added benefits. That being said, some people aren't super fond of the texture of the cucumber's peel and choose to remove it. So it's really up to you whether or not you choose to peel your cucumber.
How to cut a pretty cucumber for kids
To give our kids a fun and appealing snack, we used Mimi's trick to peel, score and slice cucumbers. They turned into adorable floral-like slices that my kids were thrilled to eat. In fact, my daughter ate them so quickly that my son barely got any! Take a look!
Check out our recipes with Cucumbers
- Bow Tie Pasta Salad
- Watermelon Salad with Feta and Cucumber
- The Best Vegan Romesco Sauce with Quinoa and Veggies
- Panzanella Salad with Chicken and Mozzarella
- Three Bean Salad