Get Ready for Cucumber and Banana

Easy Cucumber Smoothie

Get Ready for Cucumber and Banana

This easy cucumber smoothie is full of fruity, refreshing flavor with pineapple and banana! It’s a great healthy snack or breakfast.

Here’s a deliciously refreshing veggie smoothie for you, with an unexpected ingredient. This easy Cucumber Smoothie! Cucumber isn’t the most ly ingredient in a smoothie.

But it adds an intriguing, spa- flavor to the puree! This tasty ingredient is full of nutrients and water to make your smoothie taste even better.

It’s perfectly creamy and a great way to load up on nutrients as a healthy snack or breakfast. Ready to get started?

Ingredients in a cucumber smoothie

There are lots of ways to make a cucumber smoothie, but here’s our favorite way! We to combine it with pineapple and banana to make a tropical flavored puree. Here are a few notes on the ingredients for this smoothie…and then you can feel free to get creative with add-ins!

  • Cucumber: Use either a standard cucumber or English cucumber. If you use an English cucumber, no need to peel!
  • Banana: All you need is a room temperature banana: no freezing needed!
  • Frozen pineapple: This ingredient is absolutely necessary: it adds the icy texture and a sweetness in flavor.
  • Spinach: Add a handful of greens for a beautifully bright color!
  • Greek yogurt: Greek yogurt adds a hefty amount of protein. We love using it in smoothies! There’s an easy vegan swap below.
  • Ice: This adds to the icy texture!
  • Lime juice or lemon juice: Adding citrus juice enhances the flavor, much salt would for savory food. If you don’t have a fresh lime or lemon, you can skip this!

Another great cucumber drink? Try Cucumber Juice.

Flavor variations and add-ins!

This cucumber smoothie has a few natural flavor pairings you can use to make it even more interesting! Of course we love it as it is. But there are a few add-ins that would be fantastic here:

  • Cucumber mint smoothie: Add a few leaves of fresh mint to make a super refreshing, spa- smoothie!
  • Cucumber mango smoothie: Use frozen mango in place of frozen pineapple.
  • Cucumber ginger smoothie: Add ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger to add a spicy undertone. It’s so tasty!

Make it a vegan cucumber smoothie

Want to make this cucumber smoothie into a vegan smoothie? Here’s what to do:

  • Substitute the Greek yogurt with coconut milk. This works well with the texture! See also our Coconut Milk Smoothie.
  • Add back some protein! The reason we love using Greek yogurt in smoothies is that its packed with protein to keep you full. Here are some ideas for adding plant based protein: try 1 to 2 tablespoons cashew butter or almond butter, or 2 tablespoons chia seeds.

What’s an English cucumber?

When it comes to buying cucumbers, we recommend grabbing an English cucumber! Here’s the difference:

  • English cucumbers are long and thin. The light green skin is very delicate and the seeds are small: which means you don’t need to peel or seed it before eating! The flavor is much sweeter than the standard cucumber. We love using this variety in all our cucumber recipes! Because the thin skin is very fragile, you’ll notice its sold with a plastic wrap covering the grocery store.
  • Standard slicing cucumber is not as long and has very thick, dark green skin and very large seeds. The thick skin and seeds can be bitter, so they’re often removed when cooking. We recommend removing it for this smoothie recipe. Most of the nutrients in a cucumber are contained in the skin, which is another reason we recommend using an English cucumber if you can find it!

Cucumber nutrition

Why add cucumber to smoothies? Here are the main benefits of eating 1 cup of sliced cucumbers, the quantity you’ll use in this cucumber smoothie (source):

  • Low in calories. 1 cup has only 16 calories.
  • High in Vitamin K and more. You’ll get 62% of your daily need, 14% of your daily Vitamin C, and 13% of your daily potassium.
  • Contains antioxidants and micronutrients.

This cucumber smoothie recipe is…

Vegetarian and gluten-free. For vegan, plant-based, and dairy-free, see the notes above.

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This easy cucumber smoothie is full of fruity, refreshing flavor with pineapple and banana! It’s a great healthy snack or breakfast. 

  • ½ cup Greek yogurt (or coconut milk)
  • 1 cup peeled* and chopped cucumber (standard or English cucumber)
  • 1 ripe banana, broken into pieces
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 handful spinach leaves
  • 10 ice cubes
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice or lemon juice (optional)
  1. Peel and chop the cucumber. Add all ingredients to the blender in the order listed. Blend until smooth.
  2. Eat immediately or store 1 day in a sealed jar; if it separates, shake to re-integrate it.

*If using an English cucumber, you can skip peeling it!

  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Blended
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Cucumber smoothie

More smoothie recipes

Want more healthy smoothie recipes? There are so many to try:

  • Greens & veggies: Kale, Celery, Pumpkin, Avocado, Avocado Banana, Green, Cucumber, Beet or Spinach Smoothie You’ll forget you’re eating all those healthy ingredients.
  • Berries: Strawberry, Mixed Berry, Fruit, Blueberry, Strawberry Banana, Strawberry Mango, or Blueberry Banana Smoothie Tart and full of sweet fruity flavor!
  • Creamy: Yogurt, Oatmeal, Oat Milk, Coconut Milk, Vanilla Protein, Chocolate Banana or Peanut Butter Smoothie Lusciously creamy and packed with flavor.
  • Fruits: Banana, Peach, Apple, Grape, Pomegranate, Acai Berry, Watermelon, Dragon Fruit, Kiwi, Orange, Mango Pineapple, or Pineapple Smoothie Juicy and lightly sweet: perfectly refreshing.

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Источник: https://www.acouplecooks.com/cucumber-smoothie/

Spinach Cucumber Smoothie

Get Ready for Cucumber and Banana

This Spinach Cucumber Smoothie is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. If you are looking for the best detox drink or simply want to live healthier then this is it! It’s also dairy-free.

Why to make spinach cucumber smoothie?

  • It’s a great way to start a day and get some nutrient in your body.
  • It’s refreshing – cucumber gives it that refreshing taste.
  • Perfect for detox – this spinach smoothie helps your body get rid of toxins.
  • It’s healthy – excellent source of vitamins, fiber and antioxidants.
  • I dare to say it’s the best green smoothie recipe!

So guys, if you haven’t tried adding spinach to your smoothie yet, here is your chance! Don’t be afraid. Combined with other ingredients you will get a vitamin bomb full of antioxidants and other nutrients good for your body.

By the way, we also Blueberry Coffee Breakfast Smoothie, Energy Boosting Smoothie or Raspberry Almond Smoothie (also dairy-free).

What are the benefits of spinach smoothies?

Now this depends on what you actually use to make them. The more ingredients (fruits, veggies, nuts, …) the more health benefits it will have.

Let’s talk about this spinach cucumber smoothie:

Spinach makes your hair and skin look healthier thanks to the high amount of Vitamin A it contains. It’s also a great source of iron and potassium.

Cucumbers are high in nutrients (Vitamin C, K, magnesium, potassium) and low in calories. They also contain a lot of water which helps you stay hydrated (check out the health benefits of cucumber).

Avocado – Did you know that avocados are great for cleansing your body from toxins? And so are cucumbers and spinach! Apart from that avocado is packed with antioxidants.

Apples are rich in fiber, reduce cholesterol, detoxify your liver, help control your weight which also makes this a great smoothie for weigh loss.

Now as you can see this spinach cucumber smoothie is packed with vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. Drinking it will also help your body cleanse from harmful toxins.

Do spinach smoothies taste bad?

No. They don’t. Try making this spinach smoothie and you will find out for yourself. I highly recommend following the recipe first and only after adjusting ingredients to your liking.

The important thing is to find a balance between the flavors. If you add spinach, try using fruits and sweeteners you to make it to your liking.

How to make spinach cucumber smoothie

You will need a blender or a food processor to turn your ingredients into a smoothie. This only takes a few seconds (depending on how powerful your blender). My blender only needs 15 seconds.

Now peel the apple and cucumber and dice both. Remove the stone from avocado.

Dates – sometimes the dates might be way too hard for the blender to process so to make it easier you just place them in a bowl, pour hot water over and let them sit for about 5 minutes so they have time to soften. Chop them roughly.

Now throw everything in the food processor and blend until smooth. This green smoothie is quite thick. If you don’t drink it right away, store it in the fridge.

Ingredient substitutions:

  • Apple – pear is also a delicious substitution.
  • Almond milk – cow’s milk.
  • Dates – these are here to sweeten your smoothie. If you don’t them, use a sweetener of your choice (honey, agave syrup, maple syrup …).

Print Email PinThis Spinach Cucumber Smoothie is rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fiber. If you are looking for the best detox drink or simply want to live healthier then this is it! It’s also dairy-free.

  • 1 Medium Apple
  • 1½ cup Spinach , packed
  • 1 Cucumber
  • 1 Avocado
  • 2 cups Almond Milk
  • 8 Pitted Dates
  • Peel and dice the apple and cucumber. Cut the avocado in half and remove the stone. Roughly chop the dates.
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
  1. If you own a powerful blender, you can keep the skins of apple and cucumber on.
  2. Make sure you wash the fruit and veggies before using them.
  3. This recipe yields about 4 cups – 2 portions.
  4. Almond milk can be substituted with cow’s milk.
  5. If your dates are hard and your blender not very powerful, soak them in hot water for a few minutes.
  6. The amounts and ingredients in this recipe can be adjusted to your liking.

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