Green Summer Smoothie: Cucumber with Mint, Lemon and Orange

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It’s July, it’s summertime, it’s hot … and I love it! Slow, hot days are followed by long, cool evenings – and both are filled with good friends, epic barbecues and an abundance of vegetables from the garden.

This year I was sure to plant plenty of cucumbers! I’m crazy for the slender, twisted Italian variety that are firm and flavorful – great for making simple cucumber salads and ideal in green smoothies.

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Of course there are a plethora of ways to make homemade green smoothies, but if you have an abundance of cucumbers this summer, here’s one of my favorite, simple recipes for a refreshing, healthy smoothie to enjoy on a hot day:

Green Summer Smoothie: Cucumber with Mint, Lemon and Orange

  • 2-3 medium peeled cucumbers (preferably organic or straight from the garden)
  • Juice from one lemon
  • Juice from one orange
  • Leaves from several springs of fresh spearmint
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1-2 tablespoons chia seeds (You won’t even notice the chia seeds and they add healthy protein and fiber to the smoothie.)
  • A sprinkle of organic powdered stevia or 2-3 fresh stevia leaves

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Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high until smooth and a bit frothy. If needed add a bit of water to get the mix started, but add sparingly so the smoothie doesn’t become diluted.

Variation: Add fresh ginger or fresh basil instead of the mint leaves.

Enjoy!

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