Cucumbers are lovely but they are less loved than they should be. We tend to relegate them to the world of crudité and salad toppers, but they can be so much more, offering real inner beauty, much like the teenage version of you.
I present this series of lesser appreciated ingredients in the plant-based world and 3 ways to fall in love with them. Cucumber is technically a fruit though we treat it mostly as a vegetable, it is bursting with minerals, like silica and folic acid for great hair and nails.
It also boosts hydration with a good electrolyte balance (hello, hangover cure) and supports our connective tissues like joints and ligaments. All these properties make for stellar pre or post workout smoothie.
Cucumber Basil Green Smoothie
Time: 5 mins
1/2 English Cucumber, washed and chopped roughly
1 small handful of frozen pineapple
1 large handful of spinach
6-8 leaves of sweet Basil
1/2 a lime juiced
100ml of coconut water
300ml of water
Normally recipes just say toss the ingredients in the blender until smooth, but I do feel there is an art in layering it. Pineapple goes in first, then the cucumber, spinach and basil so the frozen fruit can mix smoothly with the greens, then pour the liquids on top with the squeeze of lime.
If your blender is not powerful enough to handle liquefying greens, try adding only half the liquid and blend a bit, then the rest, thinning as needed until you get the consistency you want.
If you are watching your sugar intake, ditch the coconut water and save 6g of sugar, but the frozen pineapple really does wonders when blending the greens, helps it come together nicely.
Calories 120/Carbs 23g/Protein 5g/ Sugar 17g/ Fiber 4g