cucumber mint summer slushie

cucumber mint summer slushie // the muffin myth

I used to be straight up addicted to slushies. I mean, what’s not to love about an icy cold slushie on a hot day? Root beer was my flavour of choice, and brain freeze was frequent.

I still treat myself to a proper slushie once in a while because what fun is life if you can’t have the occasional rootbeer slushie on a hot day? But in general, sweet sugary drinks aren’t my thing (and artificially sweetened drinks *definitely* aren’t my thing).

cucumber mint summer slushie // the muffin myth

Want a slushie that’s deliciously refreshing, naturally sweetened, and actually good for you? Hello, Cucumber Mint Summer Slushie!

Cucumbers are sooooo nourishing, and they’re totally in season at this time of year. They’ve got a range of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits, and their phytonutrients are linked to anti-cancer benefits. Did you know that cucumbers are technically a fruit? They’re in the same family as melons, summer squash, and winter squash.

cucumber mint summer slushie // the muffin myth

Cucumber blended up with a handful of fresh mint, a squeeze of lime, and just a touch of honey makes for an incredibly refreshing, and nutritious, summer drink. Feel free to switch up the herbs depending on your tastes or what you have on hand. I’ve also made this with cilantro or Thai basil in place of the mint, both of which are delicious.

Pro tip: for a grown-up drink, a bit of gin blended in is just right.

MM_Know_Icon_FINALThe phytonutrients found in cucumbers (cucurbitacins, lignans, and flavonoids) provide us with valuable antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer benefits. Cucumbers are an excellent source of vitamin K. They are also a good source of copper, potassium, manganese, vitamin C, phosphorus, magnesium, biotin, and vitamin B1. Cucumbers also contain the mineral silica, which is important for nail and hair health.

cucumber mint summer slushie // the muffin myth

One year ago: Brown Rice Sushi Bowl
Two years ago: Yoghurt Fruit Popsicles 

cucumber mint summer slushie
 
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This is pretty much as easy as it gets. Just toss everything in your blender and let it do the hard work! I don't bother peeling my cucumbers because there are a lot of valuable nutrients in the peel. I give 'em a good scrub to get the waxy coating off, and cut into manageable chunks for the blender. You can, of course, peel your cucumbers first if you prefer.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 medium long English cucumber (300g)
  • Juice from one lime (about 4 Tbsp)
  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 3-4 cups of ice cubes
  • ½ cup cold water
Instructions
  1. Place everything in the jug of a blender.
  2. Pulse a few times to get things going, then blend until smooth.
  3. Add a bit more water to loosen it up if necessary.
  4. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.

 

Comments

  1. says

    I have to admit to being a bit of slushie addict myself, only now I use my toddler as an excuse (he won’t touch them) to indulge. I’ve never tried a cucumber veion, but now that you mention it, of course they are going to be utterly quenching, cooling and refreshing x

  2. says

    This sounds great! I make a really similar one, with the addition of avocado and coconut water (no honey) but I like the idea of this lighter, slushier version. Avocado makes it creamier, more like a smoothie, but this sounds so refreshing. Yum!

    • says

      Oooh, avocado sounds good. I’ve done that in a smoothie before and it did indeed make it extra creamy. This version definitely does the trick for a slushie fix, though!

  3. Heather says

    And I thought cucumbers were just water! Thanks for the info and recipe. I’ll tend my garden ‘s cukes more carefully now.

    • says

      I will admit to having taste tested the gin addition and can highly recommend! I also love a slice of cucumber with my gin drinks (not a tonic girl, I find it too sweet). If you like that, you’ll love this!

      • says

        I will indeed. I might have to make one up tomorrow! I always have all of the ingredients and MIL just brought back some Dutch jevenver from their holiday in The Netherlands x

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