Cucumbers are a great addition to creative ethnic dishes, from salads to sauces. Chop cucumbers with radishes and toss with yogurt and spices for a refreshing summer salad or pair with melon and season with chili for a bold Mexican dish.
Popular diet advice includes eating healthy foods in a variety of colors, but registered dietitian Bonnie Taub-Dix writes that research shows white vegetables, such as potatoes, turnips and cauliflower, also have nutritional value. She notes that potatoes are high in potassium and fiber and can be paired with low-fat toppings and other veggies for lunch or a dinner side dish.
An Australian study in the European Journal of Nutrition revealed low-fat diet plans that contain 17% or 35% protein both result in a 9% decrease in body weight and a 4% reduction in fat-free mass among dieters.
Chickpeas can be used for more than just dip, this food columnist writes. Some dishes that will get you thinking differently about the ingredient are hummus with spicy tomato sauce and chickpea salad with tahina dressing.