We served this delectable delight at AHS Smoothie Club to the skeptical masses and witnessed surprised faces as they drank down the green goddess of a beverage.
Maybe that was a little dramatic, but this smoothie IS DELICIOUS! and was voted as the top contender to be served at our Employee Wellness Fairs, which took place last week. More and more folks who passed by our table at the fairs tasted, with scrunched noses, expecting something funky, and smiling with pleasant surprise.
Where to start with all the awesome things about this smoothie and why it’s called Beat the Heat…
First, the ingredients:
- ½ Cucumber
- ¼ Lime (juice)
- 1 or 2 sprigs mint
- ¼ large or ½ small avocado
- Big fistful spinach
- Small handful almonds
- 1 date
- 1/2 cup coconut milk (full-fat)
- Coconut water
- Coconut beverage
- Pinch of stevia
Cucumber: This under-appreciated veggie-like fruit is cooling, alkalizing, and anti-inflammatory. It’s also rich in antioxidants and polyphenols. Made up of 90% water, insoluble fiber, soluble fiber, and a plethora of micronutrients, it’s a wonder this nutrition powerhouse doesn’t get more press. Add cucumbers to your salads, smoothies, and sandwiches; dip them into hummus; or set two slices over your eyes to reduce puffiness and hydrate the delicate skin there.
Mint: It seems counter-intuitive that a warm beverage would cool you off, but in the middle east and Greece, mint tea does just that. That’s because the menthol properties have a cooling effect on our bodies. This amazing herb brings a freshness to this drink, in addition to aiding in digestion, providing antioxidants, and some micronutrients as well.
Lime: Also an alkalizing food (although lemons getmost of the attention), this zesty citrus fruit not only lends a complex flavor to our smoothie, it’s great for cooking savory and even baking sweets. Last night, I made this delicious coconut-lime rice (using brown basmati), a lovely side dish to our summer squash and wild salmon.
Avocado: Rich in healthy monounsaturated fats and a creamy, delicious consistency, this ingredient rounds out this drink. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, avocado is said to provide a cooling energy when we become too hot or imbalanced with too much yang and not enough yin. Avocado also has a ton of potassium, an electrolyte that helps keep you hydrated on a hot day.
Spinach: Is there a debate about whether or not this superfood is awesome for your health? Not sure I need to say much here, but for this particular drink, spinach acts as yet another alkalizer, and it also intensifies the green color of the blend.
Almonds: We’ve covered the merits of almonds before, and we have them here in this smoothie because they have an alkalizing effect on the body. They are also acting as our protein source in this drink, which isn’t protein-heavy, but more focused on cooling, alkalizing, and hydrating.
Coconut Water: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: coconut water is like nature’s Gatorade. It’s rich in electrolytes, low in sugar, and high on taste. Great on a hot day or after a workout.
Give this one a try on a hot day of yard work or after a workout.