Freshly-pressed cucumber juice is not only refreshing, it’s also good for you. This water-rich food is naturally cooling and hydrating. It contains vitamin C and is packed with beneficial minerals like silica, potassium and magnesium. Silica is believed to improve the complexion and youthful radiance of your skin. This week I have been juicing cucumbers and then blending them with half a pear and a handful of ice for a simple and refreshing smoothie. It’s been just the start I like on these beautifully warm days!
Cucumber Smoothie with Pear
Serves 1 (~120 calories)
1/2 Bosc pear
3-4 ice cubes, to thicken
To prepare the cucumber juice, place cucumber into your juicer (skin on). Or, peel the cucumber and place it into a food processor. Purée the cucumbers, about two minutes. Pour the purée into a cheesecloth or strainer and use a spoon to gently separate the mash from the juice. (If that sounds like too much work, peel the cucumber, slice into quarters, and blend it with a dash of water.
Blend cucumber juice and pear in a powerful blender until smooth and creamy. Thin with water or thicken with ice, if desired. Enjoy!
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