This cucumber smoothie recipe is made with pineapple, banana, and spinach for a pretty green color and refreshing taste. Lime juice, coconut flakes, chia seeds, Greek yogurt, and mint leaves add bursts of flavor and nutrition!
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Hello from sweltering hot Minneapolis! We are on day 9 of a heat wave, and I’m making every effort to eat food that doesn’t require an oven.
This vegetarian cucumber smoothie happens to be the perfect thing to enjoy on a hot summer day! Some (hilarious people) might say it keeps me cool as a cucumber ;-). Not only can I whip it up without heating up my kitchen, but it’s also full of hydrating and refreshing ingredients.
I used crunchy cucumber as the base, sweetened it with banana and pineapple, and added some spinach for good measure. Plus, I threw in some chia seeds for protein and used mint, lime juice, and coconut for flavor. It’s so yummy!
Cucumber Smoothie Benefits
Drinking a cucumber smoothie is a great way to increase your vegetable and fruit intake. It’s loaded with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and can be very hydrating, thanks to the high water content of cucumbers. The ingredients in this beverage also provide antioxidants, which can help fight cell damage that leads to aging and disease.
Expert Tips and FAQ
For the full ingredients list and instructions, scroll down to the recipe card. In the meantime, here are my tips for making a great cucumber smoothie.
- Use frozen fruit for best results. This will ensure the smoothie is cold and creamy! However, you don’t need to use frozen cucumber.
- To make this smoothie vegan, omit the yogurt or use plant-based yogurt in its place.
- Do you have to peel the cucumber before putting it in the blender? It’s up to you. I personally prefer to remove the peel, but you can keep it on for some extra fiber if you want. If you don’t have a strong blender, I’d advise you to peel the cucumber.
- This recipe yield two smoothies. I recommend drinking it right after you make it, but you can keep leftovers in a sealed jar or container in the fridge for a day or two.
- My cucumber smoothie makes a balanced snack, thanks to the addition of chia seeds, yogurt, and coconut flakes that provide protein and fat. Check out my tutorial on how to make smoothies for more tips on building healthy ones.
- If you’re in the market for a blender, I highly recommend the Vitamix and NutriBullet.
More Healthy Smoothie Recipes
If you love this banana cucumber smoothie, check out some of my other smoothies while you’re here. Readers enjoy the Avocado Mango Smoothie with Spinach, Vegan Carrot Banana Smoothie, Strawberry Banana Beet Smoothie, and the Tropical Swiss Chard Smoothie.
Want more smoothie ideas? Check out my post on the Best Vegetables for Smoothies.
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- Combine all ingredients in a blender. Add 1/2 cup water, and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
- You do not need to peel the cucumber if you prefer to leave the skin on for extra fiber. Just make sure it’s well-washed.
- This drink is best enjoyed right away, but you can keep it in a sealed jar or container in the fridge for a day or two.
Stay cool (as a cucumber)! – Lizzie