Anyone else feel like they have just trekked across the Sahara every morning when they wake up? Just me? Honestly, all I can think about when I
stumble bounce enthusiastically out of bed (ha!) is “water…water…”. And so this drink was really born out of necessity. But the good news is, this hydrating cucumber cooler tastes amazing while doing something great for you. Win. Win.
I am not a fan of eating just cucumbers by themselves. Unless they have been soaking in brine for a while. But when I was in my third trimester with Richard and my feet swelled up like two balloons my midwife encouraged me to eat a cucumber a day. And apparently pickles didn’t count. So I had to choose between chocking down a whole, raw cucumber or balloon feet. Or just drinking copious amounts of this hydrating cucumber cooler. I went for the third option, and it did actually help the swelling.
If you can’t find frozen pineapple and/or frozen honeydew you can always freeze your own by cutting them up and flash-freezing them on a pan for about 30 minutes and then tossing them in a ziploc bag/freezer container. This is great to do over the weekend and then your fruit is ready to go each morning. And once you re-hydrate you will be able to enjoy that cup of coffee so much more!
While we normally drink this in the morning to get up and get going, we have also found it makes an amazing afternoon pick-me-up. So often I think we are really just dehydrated more than anything else and so when Lane and I are running low on energy or will power we whip up a hydrating cucumber cooler. Usually it hits the spot, plus you don’t have to deal with all the sugar/fake sugar and crash of an energy drink.
Just a couple of things to note:
- I don’t peel my cucumber since a lot of nutrients are in the peel, but I do either grate or really dice it. I’ve tried it both ways with similar results. For me, it just depends on if I want to lug out my big Cuisinart food processor at 6 a.m., or finely chop up a cucumber by hand.
- Pineapple tends to be SUPER frothy when its blended/juiced so you will want to strain this bad boy or you will end up with pineapple foam. Trust me, its not great. Another option would be to skip the smoothie and just make this into a juice – if you have a juicer. Obviously you want to use regular, not frozen, fruit if you go that route.
- Don’t skip the coconut water unless you really, really cannot stand the taste of it mixed in with stuff (or, you know, you’re allergic). I’m not a fan of drinking plain coconut water by itself (what’s with the funny aftertaste?). But that is part of where the hydration in this hydrating cucumber cooler comes from. I promise you won’t be able to taste it unless you’re like crazy hyper sensitive to the taste of coconut water.
Hydrating Cucumber Cooler
- 1 c frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 c frozen honeydew chunks
- 2 c grated cucumber about 1 cucumber
- 12 oz coconut water
- 1 lime juiced
- agave or stevia optional
- In a blender combine pineapple, honeydew, cucumber, coconut water, and lime juice. Add water to reach your desired texture (obviously more water = a more liquified smoothie). If you desire some additional sweetness add in agave or stevia, to taste.
- Blend until smooth. Pineapple is very frothy when its blended so you may want to strain your drink if you prefer a smoother texture. I like the frothiness, hubby does not so it just depends on preference. Enjoy immediately!
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