When we wake up in the morning, the first thing we always do is hydrate with a big glass of water. On days when we feel like we need something to give us an extra lift, this Refresher does just the trick.
Cucumbers are packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, and we love a little bubbly boost. For virtually zero calories per serving in this recipe, we love that this starts our morning off by refreshing us. Drink this and you’ll feel better if you’ve had too much salt the night before, since it helps fight bloat and under-eye puffiness and helps give skin a bright hue.
Serves 4 (8 ounces per serving)
4 medium cucumbers, peeled and chopped (makes about 2 cups [16 ounces] of fresh cucumber juice
Juice of 1/2 lime (about 1 tablespoon)
Lime seltzer (we use Polar Lime or Cranberry-Lime for an extra-fruity twist)
Mint, for garnish
Instructions for Juice:
Blend the chopped cucumbers in a food processor for 2 to 3 minutes, then pour the mash into a strainer placed over a bowl. Use a spatula to press the liquid from the pulp; this also makes the drink less frothy. For an even less pulpy liquid, use cheesecloth or coffee filters over your strainer.
We like to keep the cucumber “broth” ready to go.
Instructions for 1 serving of Refreshing Cucumber Detox Drink:
Fill a 12-ounce glass halfway with ice and then add 4 ounces of cucumber juice. Add 1/4 tablespoon lime juice. Top with 4 ounces seltzer or more if desired. Add a wedge of lime and a mint sprig.
Per serving: Calories 8, Total Fat 0g, Saturated Fat 0g, Cholesterol 0mg, Sodium 2mg, Carbohydrates 2g, Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 0g, Protein 0g
Percent Daily Value: Vitamin A 4%, Vitamin C 16%, Calcium 4%, Iron 4%
About the Nutrition Twins:
Tammy Lakatos Shames and Elysse (“Lyssie”) Lakatos, The Nutrition Twins®, are twin sisters and nationally recognized registered dietitians and personal trainers with 15 years of experience helping thousands of clients boost their energy naturally and get healthier, happier, and into tip-top shape.