This cucumber ginger smoothie represents a new direction in my smoothie-making pursuits. If you have tried my other smoothie recipes you likely noticed I often begin with rice milk and banana. I love how bananas serve as both a sweetener and a thickener.
However, in the interest of eating a variety of foods I challenged myself to explore other options. I was inspired by an info graphic on ForksandBeans.com. Similar to my Breakfast Smoothie Formula, the graphic provides a blueprint for creating a number of different kinds of smoothies. It gave me the idea to use avocado to thicken this cucumber ginger smoothie.
Health Benefits of Cucumbers
Selecting ingredients for a smoothie can be fun. I opted to create a cucumber smoothie because I thought the flavor would pair well with avocado. Cucumbers also offer amazing health benefits. Mercola.com shares nine reasons to eat cucumbers, including:
- To support brain, heart and digestive health
- Reduce cancer risk
- Ease feelings of anxiety
- Freshen breath
Cucumber Ginger Smoothie
In addition to cucumber and avocado, this cucumber ginger smoothie includes:
- Baby spinach
- Hemp seeds
- Medjool dates
- Ground ginger
The combination creates a light, creamy smoothie with a clean taste. Imagine sitting in the shade on a warm day as a light breeze whispers to you…
Note: I do not include nutrition information with my recipes because I subscribe to the theories presented in the book Whole and believe we should focus on eating a variety of whole foods instead of counting calories or keeping track of individual nutrients.