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Valentines Cucumber Bouquet

Posted Feb 07 2013 8:55am

It's easy to dismiss cucumbers as non-essential to kids health.  Like celery, the fact that they are so low in calories, gives them just a few nutrients per veggie.  But cucumbers are a perfect vegetable to introduce kids to healthy living! Not only are they mild in flavor and appealing to most kids, cucumbers have some unique properties not found in other vegetables.  

  • Reserachers have found:  lariciresinol, pinoresinol, and secoisolariciresinol—three lignans that have a strong history of research in connection with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers.
  • Fresh extracts from cucumbers have recently been show to have both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Cucurbitacins A, B, C, D and E are all contained in fresh cucumber. They have been the subject of active and ongoing research to determine the extent and nature of their anti-cancer properties.  ( source WH Foods ) for more cucumber ideas, check out our ! 

So, bring out the cucumbers!  

Valentines Cucumber and Vegetable Bouquet- Super Healthy Kids

We tried to cut our vegetables into flowers using our clay cutters  (mini metal cutters found in craft stores) .   Our supplies included:

  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • peppers
  • Green Skewers (I found these by the floral arranging supplies at Walmart)
  • a knife
  • our mini cutters
  • A valentines box to put the bouquet in

getting ready to cut vegetables

Because the mini cutters are "nesting"we had three sizes of flowers and hearts, allowing us to cut a smaller shape inside a bigger one.

Then we skewered the finished veggies and posted them into hummus!

valentines vegetables- Super Healthy kids

Warning:  The peppers are not good for this project. The skin wasn't thick enough to be skewered by my stick.  Plus, peppers are really tough to get a clean cut out off.

Tips to making it work:

  • Cut the carrots and cucumbers thick enough to hold the stick, but not too thick that it's too heavy and topples over.
  • Make your own hummus. Our hummus recipe is here.
  • Don't get sticks that are too tall.  They will also topple over- unless you are just presenting these as "suckers", I guess.

 For more healthy valentines ideas- follow our pinterest board!  

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