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I’m very fond of food, good food in particular. But sometimes, after overdoing it on the heavy stuff, I just want something refreshing.

One of my favorite snacks growing up was pepino con jugo de limon y sal. That’s Spanish for cucumber with lemon/lime juice and salt. I used to eat it all the time as a child. It’s healthy, light, and delicious.

Peel a cucumber and cut it into thin slices. Place slices on a plate, squirt on lemon or lime juice, and sprinkle on salt. I use a toothpick to eat it, but you can always use your fingers.

My college roommate, Kim, has moved to Mexico City and writes about a similar snack on her blog Addicted to Lime. Her husband’s version involves jicama and carrot with the addition of a chile lime dip.

Kim is the one who taught me about real food that didn’t come out of a microwave container. She introduced me to couscous, spinach that actually tastes good, and a variety of other things. If you are interested in true Mexican food and culture, give her blog a look.