For many, cucumber juice is simply another trend, just as celery juice or the infused water. For others, it is a way of life or -even better- a way of eating. Be that as it may, the approximately 126,000,000 results that appear on Google when someone types the keywords "cucumber juice" prove that there must be something interesting about this juice. Some call it a "magic elixir", others a "health bomb". For me, it is still an easy and nutrient-rich juice that really has the power to hydrate our body and boost it with valuable nutrients. So, shall we go find out a few more things about it and see how we can make it taste a little bit better (because -let’s face it- its taste is not one of its strong elements)?
- Cucumber juice is a very good ally in your weight-loss efforts since it’s very low in calories (only 18kcal / 100ml) and has many antioxidants. In fact, according to experts, it can help us stay properly hydrated, while boosting our metabolism.
- It is a very good way to hydrate your body. Well, we are talking about cucumber which consists of 97% water. It’s definitely a lot. If you want to discover other foods that are rich in water, click here.
- Cucumber juice acts as a shield for our body thanks to the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements it contains, such as potassium, manganese, and zinc which boost the immune system.
- It seems that it can give energy to our body, thanks to the B-complex vitamins it contains.
- It is good for the skin since cucumber contributes to its hydration thanks to its high water content. Finally, for the exact same reason, it has the power to refresh us on hot summer days.
So far, so good. But how is cucumber juice made? "Very easily!", I will answer you! Add 2-3 washed and peeled cucumbers into a blender and…cheers! Since it may seem a bit...bland and since I like to share a few tasty alternatives with my friends (I'm a cook after all), below you will find some ways to make the taste of this juice "more bearable" or even "delicious"!
- Let’s start with the raw material: You should choose the best and freshest cucumbers of your area!
- Add lemon juice or lime. Preferably fresh lemon to take advantage of the vitamin C that it contains.
- Then, add a few peppermint leaves…
…and now, beat everything together in the blender. The following steps (if you want to follow them; if not, simply enjoy your juice)?
- Add a pinch of salt (maybe even less). For God’s sake, don't add any yogurt or garlic…Why? It will be like drinking tzatziki!
- Add a little sugar or a little honey to sweeten it (if you want to).
- Add a little zest of lemon or lime (again, if you want to).
I won’t give you specific quantities; that depends on your tastes. Just experiment and discover the best possible version for you. I’m sure there is one!
Extra Tip: If you have a juicer, you can simply not peel the cucumbers. Otherwise, if you have a blender, it is very likely that some hard pieces will affect the texture of your juice and the final result. A small strainer can be the solution to the problem.
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