refreshing summer cucumber drink

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Lanie G
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   Posted 8/7/2018 2:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I've been making a cucumber/lime/mint drink which really beats the heat. There are a few steps involved but the outcome is worth it, I think.

1 large cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks, or about 4 of the small cukes*
2 limes
a handful of fresh mint if you have any in the garden - and this is optional but really good for taste

Puree the cucumber pieces with a few fresh mint leaves in a food processor or a NutriBullet or a blender with some water. Strain this into a large measuring cup pressing the liquid out of the pulp as much as possible. Put the pulp into another cup. Re-strain the cucumber liquid again into a 2 quart pitcher. (Use a regular mesh strainer or cheese cloth.) Squeeze the juice out of the two limes into the pitcher and fill the pitcher with water to make almost 2 quarts. Best served ice cold.

* I peel the cucumbers if they have a waxy coating. Otherwise the peel is good and healthy to leave on but it will add more to the pulp and make straining longer.

What we now do is mix the pulp with plain yogurt which creates another interesting side to a meal.

Both are refreshing ways to deal with the summer heat. smile
Lanie
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Post Edited (Lanie G) : 8/10/2018 7:37:08 PM (GMT-6)


msOuchie
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   Posted 8/9/2018 1:32 PM (GMT -6)   
Mmm, that does sound refreshing Lanie. The directions sound similar to making almond milk. Most have the ingredients also. I will try it when I leave the hospital. I have not seen any cucumbers floating around here lately.

I hope that you people have stopped melting. smile

Lanie G
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   Posted 8/9/2018 1:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh gee I buy almond coconut milk in the store, never thought of making it! tongue I was inspired to make the cucumber drink myself after we went to one of those 'natural' cafes and saw they were selling cucumber water for something over $3 a glass. And that's all it had, cucumbers and water AND sugar, served with a sprig of mint. So, after experimenting at home I came up with the cucumber/mint/lime combo and have been making it all summer.

It's 85 today and drizzly here, not bad after the 90's in July, and of course all the other places around that are at or near triple digits. Having wild fires out west certainly don't help. sad

Hospital? What's going on?
Lanie
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msOuchie
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   Posted 8/10/2018 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
thats a terrible price for water and cucumbers. they should be Ashamed. probably the same price here. WHEN we went to Newfoundland though t he last week of June, the hotel had a large water dispenser full of lime, lemon and water which was FREE
for everyone as it should be.

yes, my 2Nd week in hospital and still kicking myself. I will ha ve to post or email
you soon about my newest adventure. ;-) Have great day Lanie! (b) 3

straydog
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   Posted 8/10/2018 3:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Lanie, I plan to go to one of farmer's market this weekend & will get some cucumbers. As much as I like them, this may become my new summer drink. It sounds really good. I admit, I am not one to walk around with a bottle of water in my hand. In this Texas heat, I really need something that I enjoy drinking. I like your price better than the $3 a glass!!
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Lanie G
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   Posted 8/10/2018 8:35 PM (GMT -6)   
I hope you do make it! Don't let the process of straining the cucumber mixture discourage you. Sometimes when I'm in a hurry, I strain it only once and then just stir the cucumber water in the pitcher with a wooden spoon so the pulp at the bottom mixes around.

I edited the original post to clarify things, by the way.
Lanie
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diabetes type 2 controlled by diet and exercise and
metformin
very low carb way of eating

Check out the following site for more info on blood sugar:
www.phlaunt.com/diabetes/
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