Summer is here and staying hydrated is a key part of summer wellness. It is important to not only drink plenty of water, but also eat hydrating foods. I love making smoothies for breakfast or even as a sweet-like treat. One of my favorite summer ingredients to add to my smoothies are cucumbers.
Cucumbers are currently in season and are super hydrating. I like adding them to my smoothies for an extra taste of freshness and hydration. It makes me feel like I’m drinking cucumber water at a spa. See below smoothie recipe incorporating cucumbers as an ingredient:
Handful of Frozen blueberries
1 cup Frozen greens (spinach, kale, etc)
4 slices Cucumber
1/5 Avocado or a scoop of almond butter
Handful of Goji berries
Splash of Cinnamon
Scoop of Collagen fuel vanilla coconut protein or other protein powder
Approx. 1 cup of Coconut water (add a little at a time until you get the right consistency)
I like using frozen berries and greens in my smoothies. This avoids the use of ice and makes the smoothie thicker and have a better consistency. Frozen produce are also full of nutrients. In comparison to fresh produce at the grocery store, which are picked far before they ripen so that they ripen at the store, frozen produce are picked when they are ripe at their optimal nutrient levels. Additionally, frozen produce is generally less expensive than fresh produce and of course, keeps longer. Berries also contain relatively low sugar content in comparison to other fruits. This smoothie is primarily greens and only contains a small amount of berries, which prevents this turning from a healthy smoothie into pure sugar.
I love adding avocados to my smoothies. It adds a bit of healthy fat and makes the smoothie thicker and more filling. I sometimes add protein powders to my smoothie. For this smoothie, I like Collagen Fuel Vanilla Coconut – it is delicious and full of collagen which is great for your hair, skin, and nails. I LOVE coconut water. It is hydrating, contains electrolytes, is natural, and a great add to smoothies. My favorite brand is The Harmless Coconut. It is USDA Organic, and tastes so fresh. A lot of Coconut waters are not organic or don’t require refrigeration and I can definitely taste the difference.
Mix these ingredients up in your blender and enjoy!