Whether you are looking to detox your body, get an energy boost, lose weight, or just simply want a healthy, refreshing beverage, cucumber juice is a great choice. Cucumbers benefits include the fact that they are 98% water, so they are a perfect choice to make a refreshing, low calorie drink. It’s also an easy way to try out the new juicing craze.
Good news! Not all of the super healthy juice drinks that are becoming more and more popular require using a juicer. For example, cucumber juice can be made with either a blender or food processor. This makes it easy to whip up and you do not have to invest in an expensive new kitchen appliance.
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Cucumber Juice Benefits
Cucumbers are technically a fruit that belongs in the melon family, but they are classified as a vegetable. They are vitamin and nutrient powerhouses that are good for helping everything in your body from head to toe and ailments such as hypertension and kidney stones.
How can cucumbers help me?
The list of cucumber juice benefits is impressive. Cucumbers are high in dietary fiber, folate, iron, pantotheic acid, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B6, vitamin C, and vitamin K. The high silica content found in cucumbers strengthens connective tissue, resulting in stronger hair and nails.
Here are even more Cucumber benefits:
- Cancer fighters
Cucumbers contain cucurbitacins, a biochemical compound found in plants that block the production of cancer cell development.
- Digestive system
Cucumbers have lignans, which are estrogen-like chemicals that also act as antioxidants. Your body’s digestive system uses these to flush out toxins.
Feeling depleted? Before grabbing a sports drink full of electrolytes, consider cucumber juice instead. They are full of electrolytes to help with hydration and keep the body’s fluid level balanced.
Do you want nicer skin? Look no further than your vegetable bin. The astringent properties in cucumber juice are good for oily skin and also cleanse pores. This is especially helpful for acne sufferers.
- Weight loss
Fat cells are packed with toxins which can cause cell inflammation. The high water content in cucumber juice helps rid the body of unnecessary toxins and decrease weight.
Breaking It All Down
Here are all the goodies you are putting in your body, based on 1 medium peeled cucumber. Pay attention to the calories in cucumber juice, as you will need more than 1 cucumber to make juice. The percentages are based on the recommended daily values with an average 2,000 calorie diet.
Minerals & Calories in Cucumber Juice
- Calories 24
- Calories from fat 3
- Calcium 21.8 mg (3%)
- Carbohydrates 4.3 grams (2%)
- Dietary fiber 1.4 grams (6%)
- Folate 22 µg (7%)
- Iron .4 mg (3%)
- Potassium 273 mg (7.8%)
- Protein 1.2 grams (2.4%)
- Vitamin A 144 IU (3%)
- Vitamin B2 (riboflavin) .1 mg (3%)
- Vitamin B6 .1 mg (5.1%)
- Vitamin C 6.4 mg (11%)
- Vitamin K 14.5 µg (18.1%)
How to Make a Cucumber Juice Recipe
Below is a video from bedeliciouslyhealthy which demonstrates how to make cucumber juice with a basil infusion with lemon and honey. It also teaches you how to utilize the leftovers to create an amazing cucumber face-mask.
Another Juice Recipe below for you to try.
Let’s get started. The steps in making the cucumber juice recipe are easy. The whole process should not take more than 15 minutes from start to finish. This recipe calls for 3 medium sized cucumbers, which will produce approximately 2 cups of juice.
Ingredients and Supplies:
- 3 medium sized cucumbers
- Cutting board
- Food processor or blender
- Sharp knife
- Mesh strainer
- Cheesecloth or coffee filter (can be optional)
- Large bowl and/or pitcher (with a lid)
Slice the ends off the cucumbers and discard. The top and bottom are inedible.
Peel the cucumbers with either a potato peeler or a sharp knife and discard the skin. Cucumbers have a protective wax coating. Although it is safe to ingest and full of nutrients, the wax will alter the texture of the juice.
Cut the cucumber in half, length-wise. Scoop out all of the internal seeds and discard. With the remaining pieces, cut into large, one inch squares. They can be cut smaller, but avoid anything bigger than one inch chunks. It will be too hard to blend or process.
Transfer the cucumber into either a food processor or blender; either appliance will work. Just make sure not to overload the machine otherwise the cucumber chunks will get stuck in the blades. If that happens, go in with a spoon to break up the pieces and separate them from the blades. On a medium or high speed, blend the pieces for approximately 2 minutes. Look for a pulpy consistency similar to a slushie or a frozen drink. It will not look smooth.
Place your mesh strainer over a large bowl or pitcher. I like to use a pitcher so I can just pop it into the refrigerator after I’m done. Make sure the strainer fits completely inside the rim, so that you don’t lose or spill any juice. Take your cheesecloth or coffee filter and line the strainer.
Note: you can skip this step if you do not have cheesecloth or a coffee filter, but the juice will not be as thin. Pour the cucumber juice over the strainer so that the juice will run through without overflowing. I find it useful to take a spoon to push the mixture through as well. Keep pressing with the spoon until there is no more juice. If the juice is too thick for your taste, you may want to add a small bit of water.
Refrigerate and cover the juice and serve either plain or over ice. You may want to add a fresh garnish such as a sliced cucumber, lemon, or even berries. Fresh cucumber juice can be stored in a sealed container for up to one week. I would not recommend freezing. This is definitely a juice better enjoyed when made fresh.
Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you find the cucumber juice to be too bitter for your palate, try adding a little salt. If you would like it to be bit sweeter, add 2 tablespoons of honey (after you strain the juice). Making ice cubes from cucumber juice makes an interesting addition to plain water as well.
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