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)
wow am a juice person but never heard about these smoothies am excited to try them out a friend send your link for me on fb page today
Wonderful! Thanks for taking the time to share - be sure to let me know which one is your favorite. 🙂 I find the fiber in smoothies sticks with me longer than juice… I'd be interested to hear if you notice a difference.
Nice I am excited to try this one and others of yours. The ones I do regularly are repetitive, variety is welcomed. Will let you know my experience. I do find with my banana, protein powder, rice milk based smoothies curb my urge for "junk food".
Thanks Karen - I hope you enjoy it! I know what you mean about curbing the urge for junk food. My peanut butter kale smoothie helped me kick my ice cream habit! 🙂
Great....I'm a real ginger advocado fan so I'll definately be trying this one 🙂
Hope you like it! 🙂
I've been juicing for a couple of years, and it's wonderful health wise. Thank you for so many new a wonderful smoothies to try. And try them I will, just made grocery list of all I need . Plu made copies of all. Thanks Again!
Wonderful! Enjoy! 🙂
Joyce Malle Fortson
OMG!!!! Beyond amazing and extremely refreshing. Super filling too. I just made some for hubby and I and we both loved it. We omitted the avocado and added more ginger because we love a that extra kick. This will be a daily thing for us. Even our 8yr old son who doesn't eat anything green, and hates veggies actually enjoyed it.
Glad you like the recipe Joyce! I'm curious, why did you opt to leave out the avocado?
Joyce Malle Fortson
I only had half of an avocado left and I was saving it for my salad. LOL. I love avocado salad. I need to get some more avocados so I can try it with avocado next time I make the smoothie.
Ah - I understand! Ha ha. The avocado adds a bit of creaminess...
Could the dates be left out? I like the idea of ingredients but do not care for any sweeteners in my smoothies.
That's certainly your choice. I add the dates because the other ingredients do not have as much natural sweetness as other combinations might. I use dates because they are actually good for you compared to other options: https://nutritionfacts.org/video/the-healthiest-sweetener/
I love your blog post, Cucumber Ginger Green Smoothie, and we would love to feature it on our website, GreenThickies.com. Would it be OK for me to use one of your photos within my post? I will of course link back to your post.
Thanks so much
Thanks Katherine - and thank you for asking. You are welcome to share a photo and link back to this recipe on your site. 🙂
Great! Thanks a lot Margaret. 😀
I absolutely love this smoothie; it is so fresh and light, but yet satisfying - really great combo of ingredients. Even my little kiddos liked it! I'm always looking for nourishing healthy foods for them to eat that they actually enjoy, and this one hit the mark 😉 Thanks for your recipes, inspiration, and encouragement here. I look forward to seeing what else you have on your website! 🙂
THANK YOU! It's so nice to hear when folks enjoy my recipes. Thank you for taking the time to comment. 🙂