Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Cucumber

Cucumbers are a quintessential healthy summer food – they’re low in calories (a whole cucumber only has 45!), have a high water content, and just make you feel refreshed.   Cucumbers are a good source of Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, and magnesium, and an excellent source of Vitamin K, which plays a key role in blood coagulation and bone metabolism.  The ½ cucumber called for in the following recipe will provide you with almost 1/3 of your Recommended Daily Intake of Vitamin K, as well as a host of other healthy nutrients.

Migraine Reliever Smoothie

½ pineapple
3-4 kale leaves
1 stick celery
½ cucumber
¼ lemon
½ inch ginger root
ice cubes

Put  all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.

Recipe adapted from Juicing for Health.


One response

  1. For an alternative to plain ice water, try adding a thin slice of cucumber. It gives off an interesting taste and frees up your lemons for lemonade!

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