Packed with nutritious plant-based ingredients—including avocado, spinach and hemp seeds—this cucumber ginger smoothie is clean, light and creamy.
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
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…
Cucumber Ginger Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups water
- 1 lemon juiced
- ¼ avocado peeled and pitted
- 1 cup baby spinach
- ½ cup cucumber peeled and seeds removed
- 2 Medjool dates pitted
- 2 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- ½ tsp. ground ginger
- 2 dashes fine sea salt to taste
- 1 cup ice cubes
- Add ingredients to high-speed blender in the order they are listed.
- Begin blending on low and increase to highest speed.
- Blend of high for approximately 35 seconds. (Use tamper if necessary to ensure even blending)