So what do you do when you have an abundance of cucumbers in your garden, all coming ripe at the same time? Make smoothies! I am a little pleased with myself, because I actually made this one up, and it was a bigger hit with the family than most of my other green smoothies. It has a light, refreshing taste, and a pretty color, too.
Into the blender (I have a Vita Mix), add the following:
- Milk (I use raw milk or a can of coconut milk)
- 1 cucumber
- large handful or two of greens–whatever is growing in your garden, such as kale, spinach, or lettuce (Or, a handful of frozen kale that you stored away when you had so much kale you didn’t know what to do with it.)
- squirt of honey and a shake of Stevia
- dash of salt
- mint leaves, to taste
Blend till smooth and taste–you can add more of any of the above ingredients as needed. This smoothie tends to separate quickly, but a quick stir with a spoon makes it right again.
*A note about mint* I get my mint off the back deck, from a pretty, wooden herb box that my hubby made. Of course, we found out the hard way that mint must be contained, or it spreads. When a relative gave us some starter plants, we naively gave it a home in our large garden plot. The next spring, we roto-tilled the soil, unknowingly spreading the roots all around. Mint was coming up everywhere and I was pulling it for the next few seasons. Now it is safely imprisoned in the herb box within a few steps of the back door for quick picking.
My son was out working in the heat just now, and I brought him a tall, cool glass filled with this yummy drink. He guzzled it down with glee. I walked away feeling happy that instead of a soda, he got a drink that not only refreshed, but also revitalized with lots of great nutrition.