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Cool as a cucumber juice recipe

Cool as a cucumber juice recipe

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Cucumber juice is incomparably refreshing. Paired here with sweet apples and a hint of lime and mint, it's the ultimate summer drink.

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IngredientsServes: 2

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 apples
  • 1/2 lime
  • 5 mint leaves

MethodPrep:10min ›Ready in:10min

  1. Process all ingredients in a juicer, shake or stir and serve.

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This recipe is part of "SparkPeople's Ultimate Grilling Guide: 75 Hearty, Healthy Recipes You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into." It is a tasty, cooling topping to spicy grilled meats. Download your copy today!

English cucumbers are ideal for this recipe because their skin is more tender and they have fewer seeds. If you can't find one, use a traditional cucumber but peel it and remove the seeds.


Cool as a Cucumber Juice Recipe

Isn’t the mother of invention born from necessity? I was a out for a little jaunt around my neck of the woods in wine country in the June heat when I decided that I need something cool and refreshing after my brisk steamy walk. Normally, I would reach for a glass of clear liquid, plain ol’ H20, but this was not a normal day in the vines. It’s hot, sticky and humid. Everything around me is green, in full bloom and full of life. That green theme continued when I got home and headed straight into the refrigerator to see what could cool me down and quench my thirst at the same time.

The result is something between water and juice, since neither really seemed like the right thing at the time. Juater? I don’t know. Call it what you will. I call it refreshing, light and oh so summer-y since I used what was in my crisper, which of course is what’s in season around me this time of year, as you would suspect from a nutrition girl.


How to choose the best cucumbers?

Make sure the cucumbers are looking fresh. They should have a bright color, and even colored skin.

Avoid those that have a dullness or some signs of sweating. More chances they are starting to spoil. Most times those are stinky.

Pick it up and make sure it's firm. If it bends easily, most times the insides are starting to get mushy.

Avoid ones with blemishes, soft spots, or even those starting to get yellow.

And do you store your cucumbers in the fridge? I usually did, but I find that they actually last a little longer on my counter top.

Even though most times I buy them to use them right away, a few times I had to let them sit for a bit.

The quality of the cucumbers make a difference to the taste, so really be careful of what you pick.

I make my juices to last no more than 6 days. Any juice I make pineapple, cucumber, lime. After 6 days flavor and quality starts to get compromised.

Make sure you save it in a jug or container that has an airtight cover. I love using mason jars for my juices/jams/sauces. Just about everything. They make it easy to grab and go.


Cucumber Juice Benefits

Cucumbers offer vitamins, minerals, and fiber and they are low fat, low calorie, and low carbohydrate vegetables! (Cucumbers are a keto-friendly food!) They also contain anti-oxidant properties which may help fight against free radicals, support weight loss, and help regulate blood sugar. (source)

Cucumbers have very high water content in comparison to many other vegetables which may help you stay hydrated during these warmer summer months. Also, it’s their high water content that makes cucumbers a great candidate for healthy juice recipes!!

For example. A green juice requires an enormous amount of kale or spinach alone to produce an entire glass of juice. If you use a cucumber as the base and add a handful of greens you’ll quickly make a full serving of juice with a more balanced & enjoyable flavor profile.

How To Make Cucumber Juice:

Alright, 5 minute countdown begins now! You can easily make your own cucumber juice at home in the morning before you dash out the front door to head to work!

You only need 1 cucumber, 1 lime or lemon, and 1 cup of water to make a healthy veggie juice! We prefer using 2 limes for bigger, bolder flavor but you do you!

  1. To make this cucumber juice recipe you need to wash the cucumber and limes (if you plan on using the zest!).
  2. Cut the ends of the cucumber off (1/2″ or so) and cut into 2-3″ pieces.
  3. Zest the lime, then juice it.
  4. Blend the cucumber & lime together with 1 cup of water.
  5. Stain & enjoy!

This recipe works in any blender- even a bullet blender (like a NutriBullet or Nutri Ninja) or in a juicer, so you most likely have the tools. We love our NutriBullet for early morning smoothies and juices, this recipe will fit in a Nutribullet perfectly!

Then to strain cucumber juice you can use a sieve / mesh strainer for a juice with pulp, or pour the mixture through a nut milk bag / cheesecloth for a silky, pulp-free juice.

To Peel Or Not To Peel The Cucumbers?

This is completely up to you! If you are sensitive to bitter flavors or if you are using the standard ‘slicing’ cucumbers, you may choose to peel them, however, it’s not necessary. Cucumbers are quick and easy to peel so it doesn’t affect the recipe much either way.

Leaving the skin on gives the juice an even prettier greenish hue. Plus, the cucumber skin adds more vitamins and minerals to the mix– go big or go home right? (source)

Cucumber Juice Variations

Like we’ve said many times in this post, cucumber juice is a fantastic base to add other veggies to. Cucumber have high water content and a mild flavor that pairs well with other fruits and vegetables. Here are several variations to cucumber juice that we’ve tried and loved:

  • Add an inch or two of fresh ginger for heat and zing!
  • Swap the lime juice & zest for lemon.
  • Peel and slice a few carrots
  • Use up the celery in your fridge before it goes limp– chop and add a stalk or two for a peppery bite!
  • Up your daily intake of dark leafy greens like kale, collard, or spinach by tossing a handful of fresh or frozen greens to your cucumber juice.
  • For natural sweetness, blend with an apple or an orange- or some frozen mango or pineapple.
  • Add a tablespoon of honey, maple syrup, or add a date to increase the sweetness.

ProTip: Cucumber juice makes an excellent healthy and flavorful cocktail mixer! Gin and cucumber go together like two peas in a pod. Vodka works awesome as well. You can even go wild and make a cucumber margarita– which is the ultimate cocktail to cure the hot summer heat!

English Cucumber vs. ‘Regular’ Cucumbers

Have you noticed the grocery store usually stocks two different cucumber varieties– one wrapped in plastic and one naked in the produce bins. What’s the difference?

English cucumbers are the variety that come wrapped in plastic and they tend to be more expensive. The skin of English cucumbers has a bumpy appearance, and it’s softer. They are less bitter and have a more concentrated ‘cucumber’ flavor if you know what I mean.

Regular cucumbers, or slicing cucumbers, are larger in size and have larger seeds than the English cukes. Slicer cukes have smooth skin that’s thicker and more fibrous. Either type of cucumber will work just fine! There is slightly better flavor and silkiness in English cucumber juice vs. slicing cucumber juice but it’s minimal.

More info here on the different types of cucumbers.

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I needed this cool cucumber Green Smoothie in my life today. After taking in so much junk over the holidays, I am left feeling tired and puffy. I whipped up this green smoothie this morning and I am already starting to feel better. It is so amazing how fruits and vegetables make you feel good inside and out. I don’t know about you, but when I eat healthy, nutrient-packed food I have more energy, I am more in the mood for exercise, my skin feels better, and I think more clearly. And sometimes I just need a jump start back into healthy eating. And that is exactly what this smoothie does for me. I am so ready to detox all the salty, greasy, sugary foods from my body and replace it with vitamins and minerals. This is one of our best breakfast recipes to do just that.

This smoothie is only 250 calories, but it actually makes a ton and leaves me feeling full. For even more sustainability and added protein add a little peanut butter. Also, feel free to substitute any of the fruit for your favorites. I found an awesome mix of greens in the vegetable section at Costco that I love for this smoothie. It is a pre-washed bag of spinach, kale, and chard, and it is awesome! I just throw in a couple of handfuls. By the way, have I mentioned what a big fan I am of my Blendtec? I used to have such a crappy blender so I am completely in love. It makes a perfect smoothie every time.


Be as cool as a cucumber with these 4 recipes featuring the humble kheera

Are you one of those people who consider cucumber to be just a side dish? Well, it’s time you switch it up in quarantine and try making dishes with cucumber as the hero. Because cucumber is one of the best things about summer and it is available around us. So, why not go on an experimenting spree with the cooling vegetable?

Cucumber is the perfect combination of cool and healthy. Here’s why
While you decide if you’re in for this cooking adventure, here are some health benefits of the ‘cool’ vegetable:

  • The high content of vitamin K present in cucumber is a brilliant bone health nutrient
  • It can cure any constipation woes since it provides both fibre and water
  • This vegetable provides a healthy dose of potassium and magnesium, which will help with lowering blood pressure
  • Flavonoids present in cucumbers possess antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, saving us from infections
  • This light veggie has only 16 calories per 100 grams and helps keep weight in check

Here are some of the ways in which you can enjoy the light but versatile vegetable this summer

1. Chomp on cucumber sticks
In between our meals we often feel peckish and crave finger foods. Cucumber sticks are the easiest solution for our snack woes. Just cut a cucumber into tiny sticks, sprinkle salt along with some pepper, and refrigerate. You can also make hummus to go with it! Chips got nothing on cucumber sticks.

2. Calm yourself down with this cucumber slush
Want a tasty, cool drink that helps you get healthy? Fret not! We got you.

To make this soothing cucumber slush you’ll need:

  • Half a cucumber
  • 1-inch piece ginger, grated
  • 1/4th teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 10 stalks of coriander leaves
  • Mint leaves
  • 10 curry leaves
  • 1 amla, grated
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 1 /2 lemon

Just combine all the ingredients in a blender with some cold water and squeeze the juice of lemon into it. Voila! Your calming slush with all the healthy greens is ready.

Cucumber Slushie. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

3. It’s time to mix it up with the cucumber egg stir fry
This wholesome one-pan dish is for people who don’t like the taste of fresh cucumber but love some crunch in their stir fry.

For making this dish you will need:

  • 2 to 3 cucumbers
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • Salt
  • Olive oil
  • Soya sauce (optional)

Instructions:

  • Cut the cucumbers lengthwise and scoop out all the seeds inside. Chop into slices and toss with some salt. (This will remove excess moisture, making the slices crunchy and bring out the natural sweetness of the cucumber.)
  • Beat eggs in a separate bowl and season with a pinch of salt. Set aside.
  • Sauté cucumber with garlic for a couple of minutes to heat it through thoroughly until it loses the raw texture and becomes crunchy.
  • Lightly push sauteed cucumbers to one side of the pan and pour beaten eggs into the empty side of the pan. Season them with salt.
  • Let the eggs settle, and then toss them with cucumber pieces together. You can also add soy sauce while it simmers if you wish to.
  • When the eggs are cooked to your liking, serve on a plate with some pepper on top.

4. It’s time to experiment with cold cucumber soup
Cold soup sounds strange initially, doesn’t it? But it’s perfect for those slow days when you want to enjoy the wholesomeness of soup-but in the chubti-jalti garmi.

To make this hot-cold delicacy you will need:

  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup mint, chopped
  • 1 bulb garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/4 cup plain non-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sea/rock salt
  • Blend the cucumber, mint, and garlic into a puree until smooth.
  • Pour cucumber mixture into a bowl and whisk in the yogurt along with lime juice. Add a pinch of salt and refrigerate it for 2 hours.
  • Voila! Here’s how you can enjoy a soothing soup in the prickly summers.

So folks, go crazy for cucumber this summer and enjoy this the refreshing taste this cool vegetable.

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12 Reasons Why You Should be Adding Cucumber to Your Drinks

H ave you ever noticed how adding a few slices of cucumber to a glass of water instantly makes it 10 times more refreshing? This got me thinking. In the hot summer months, why aren't we drinking cucumber in all our drinks? Cucumber lemonade, cucumber coolers, cucumber cocktails, cucumber everything.

Apparently, I'm not alone in my thirst quenching quest because there are a plethora of stellar cucumber drink recipes out there just waiting to cool down your summer. To keep you hydrated and happy, I rounded up the best cucumber drink recipes around so you can stay cool as a cucumber all summer long.


A Summery Spread That's As Cool As A Cucumber

Cream cheese, cucumber juice and a touch of onion. That may sound like an unlikely combination, but Benedictine is a Kentucky favorite. Gwynne Potts, a self-proclaimed aficionado, says it's delicious.

"The best thing to eat Benedictine on is just white bread," Potts says. "No special bread it only takes away from the Benedictine."

Potts, who grew up in Louisville, Ky., has been enjoying the creamy combo for six decades. For the first 18 years of her life, she says, Benedictine was like ketchup. She assumed it was eaten everywhere until, as a college student, she took a spring break trip to Florida.

"We couldn't imagine having lunch without Benedictine," Potts says. "We went from store to store, saying, 'Where's your Benedictine?' And they just looked at us. It was the first time I realized the whole world didn't know about Benedictine."

Years later, that's still pretty much the case. But this creamy, cool cucumber spread has persisted in Kentucky ever since Jennie Benedict, a famous Louisville caterer, invented it around the turn of the 20th century.

Benedict opened a tearoom on downtown Louisville's South Fourth Street in 1911. Back then, that was the city's bustling commercial center, packed with stores, cafes, theaters and hotels. Today, it's a few boutiques and several wig shops.

Susan Reigler, a former restaurant critic for Louisville's newspaper, The Courier-Journal, wrote the introduction to the re-release of Benedict's Blue Ribbon Cook Book in 2008. Reigler says Benedict's role in the city's culinary history was huge and that the roots of many of the city's flavors can be traced back to her recipes.

Of course, some of Benedict's concoctions have fallen out of favor — like calf brains and peptonized oysters for the sick. But Reigler says Benedictine has endured.

"I think it's just very different. It's very refreshing. It's a light spread," she says. "What could be more light and delicate than cucumber juice?"

One source of contention among Louisville chefs is whether to include the two drops of green food coloring that Benedict used in her recipe. The dye lets people know that it's not just a plain cream cheese spread, but the practice is no longer popular with chefs like Kathy Cary, who prefer more natural ingredients.

Cary has owned Lilly's, a restaurant that specializes in Kentucky cuisine, for the past 25 years. For her, the dish is truly a way to showcase both local cucumbers and local traditions.

"Mine is really about . celebrating the cucumbers," Cary says. "Obviously, no dye, no food coloring. And it's filled with texture, and sort of the crunch of the cucumbers."

Some cooks serve Benedictine as a dip, others as tea sandwiches with the crusts cut off. But Cary usually puts hers into a hearty sandwich with homemade mayonnaise, bacon, bibb lettuce and sprouts.

However you serve it, Benedictine is best accompanied with another Kentucky signature: bourbon.

Recipe: Jennie Benedict's Benedictine

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons cucumber juice

A few grains of cayenne pepper

2 drops green food coloring

To get the cucumber juice, peel and grate a cucumber, then wrap in a clean dish towel and squeeze juice into a dish. Discard pulp.

Do the same for the onion.

Mix all ingredients with a fork until well-blended (using a blender will make the spread too runny). Serve as a dip or as a sandwich filling.


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Nicole is a juice fanatic and overall fitness enthusiast who loves sharing her passion for juicing with others. When she’s not blending up a new concoction of her favorite fruits and vegetables, Nicole can be found behind the computer, writing about all things juice!


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