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Hydrating Cherry-Cucumber Smoothie

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I’ve experimented a little with adding cucumber to drinks this summer, as it pairs well with fruit and really adds some extra hydration into the mix.  It’s one of the key ingredients in this super hydrating cherry-cucumber smoothie!

Coconut water is another fantastic pick when you’re looking to stay hydrated. I like to mix it with water and drink it in lieu of packaged recovery drinks after long runs. It’s also a good choice if you or your kids are hit with any stomach bugs that leave you dehydrated and weak.

Both coconut water and cucumber factor into this smoothie that I adapted from Whole Foods. Their recipe called for a bit more cucumber and no spinach. I include spinach into just about every smoothie I can, and due to the dark color of the cherries this is a perfect one into which you can sneak a little green.

This one would work with strawberries as well, and either fresh or frozen fruit can be used. The avocado will add a creaminess and thick texture, so even if you’re using fresh fruit you shouldn’t need to add ice.

Both of my kids really liked this one (and I can tell you they do NOT like the taste of coconut water straight up).

This refreshing and easy smoothie is gluten, dairy and sugar-free.

Further Food Nutritionist Commentary:

Cherries are a nutrition powerhouse, full of potassium to help lower blood pressure, vitamin C for improved immunity and wound healing, and the powerful antioxidants anthocyanin and quercetin. These antioxidants work together to help protect the body from cancer.

Besides the creaminess that Susan describes, the addition of avocado brings a good deal of vitamin E, fiber, and potassium to this smoothie. As a source of monounsaturated fats, avocado also helps the body absorb fat-soluble vitamins, such as the vitamins A and K in the spinach of this recipe.

By Emily Cooper, RD, LD

Hydrating Cherry-Cucumber Smoothie

  • Prep Time:5 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Servings: 2

Ingredients

1 cup pitted fresh or frozen cherries
1/3 small cucumber , peeled and seeded
handful of baby spinach
1/4 small avocado , peeled and pitted
1/2 cup coconut water

Instructions

Process all ingredients until smooth and serve immediately.

Process all ingredients until smooth and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Per Serving:  Calories: 87; Total Fat: 4 g; Saturated Fat: 1 g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g; Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 78 mg; Potassium: 568 mg; Carbohydrate: 18 g;  Fiber: 4 g; Sugar: 11 g; Protein: 2 g
Nutrition Bonus:
Vit A: 31%; Vitamin C: 22%; Iron: 6%; Calcium: 5%;
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