Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie

cucumber-smootie
This 6 ingredient 5 minute smoothie was inspired by the cucumber.

Cucumbers they are vital to your diet because they are 95% water, and they detoxify your body, are also high in Vitamin A, B group and C; and another important substance called phytonutrients that provide anti inflammatory, antioxidant and anti cancer effects.
Did you know that they help nails grow strong and shiny.
Their cooling and calming effect is excellent at calming stressed or sunburnt skin, and reviving puffy, dark under eyes – just apply fresh sliced cucumber to soothe the affected area.

So whether you’re consuming cucumber or putting it on your face, the benefits are real, people.
This would be the perfect smoothie to add to your weekly line up for breakfast or post workout snacks. Pineapple and banana add citrusy sweetness, coconut milk lends to a creamy base, lime zest and juice offer plenty of bright citrus notes, and cucumber adds a subtle earthy flavor with a slew of health benefits (see above!).

Creamy Pineapple Cucumber Smoothie
cucumber

Serves: 1
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (52 g) sliced cucumber (skin on | organic when possible)
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) light coconut milk*
  • 1 heaping cup (190 g) cubed pineapple (if frozen, omit ice)
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) filtered water
  • 1 lime, zested + juiced (~1 tsp zest // 2 Tbsp (30 ml) juice)
  • 1/2 large ripe, peeled, frozen banana
  • 1 large handful (70 g) greens (spinach or kale | organic when possible)
  • 2-4 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add pineapple, cucumber, frozen banana, light coconut milk, lime zest, water, lime juice, greens, and ice cubes to a blender and blend on high until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed.
  2. For a thicker smoothie, add more ice. For a thinner smoothie, add more liquid of choice. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more lime juice or zest for acidity/brightness, banana or pineapple for sweetness, coconut milk for creaminess, and greens for more intense green color.
  3. Serve immediately. Leftovers will keep covered in the refrigerator up to 24 hours, though best when fresh.

Notes

  • For creamier smoothie, use canned light coconut milk. For a lighter smoothie, use coconut beverage from a carton, or sub coconut water!
  • For added protein, add 1-2 Tbsp hemp seeds or chia seeds, or your favorite neutral or vanilla-flavored protein powder. I don’t have any favorite powders at the moment, but Vega Viva Vanilla is the closest thing to palatable I’ve found.
  • Nutrition Information
    Serving size: 1 smoothie Calories: 225 Fat: 3.9 g Saturated fat: 3 g Carbohydrates: 52.2 g Sugar: 28 g Sodium: 79 mg Fiber: 7.9 g Protein: 5.2 g

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