Recipe – SUMMER COOLER DRINK

Summer Cooler Drink with the goodness of cucumber and fresh herbs, zesty flavour of the lemon, sweetness from honey makes an excellent and refreshing drink anytime, mainly, during summers. It helps to detoxify, fights constipation, purifies blood, boost immunity and increases energy levels. It also aids in weight loss and digestion. Use fresh herbs and organic cucumber for preparing this drink.

Cucumber with Mint, Coriander leaves and a touch of lemon, rock-salt, pepper and honey is a delight. Best to have it early morning on an empty stomach, half an hour before break-fast, once in a week. Do not grate the cucumber as the juice from the cucumber will be lost. Use fresh green leaves of mint and coriander; discard any wilted ones. You can substitute with parsley for coriander leaves. A pinch of pepper gives depth of flavour to this refreshing drink. I have strained it coz’ I love to drink it that way; however, do not strain the juice for a healthy version so that the fibre will be retained. You can substitute honey with sugar or agave nectar or can skip it out. Most importantly, it’s very delicious and has to be consumed immediately chilled or at room temperature.

Fresh cucumber, mint, coriander leaves juice with a pinch of pepper, tangy taste from the lemon makes a deliciously flavourful and cool refreshing drink.

total time : 15-20 mins, cuisine : indian, author : gloria

Ingredients

1/2 organic english cucumber or 2 persian cucumber
1/2 bunch mint leaves
1/2 bunch coriander leaves
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 cup spring water
honey as per taste
a pinch of crushed pepper
rock salt as per taste
few ice cubes

Method

Wash mint and coriander leaves nicely. Peel and quarter cucumber.

In a blender, add cucumber, mint, coriander leaves and blend by adding spring water till smooth.

Now, hand-squeeze lemon juice into the drink along with honey, crushed pepper and rock salt; give a quick mix.

Fill the glass with ice cubes and pour the drink. Serve immediately and enjoy!

my observations/notes :

can substitute honey with agave nectar.

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Recipes – CELERY CUCUMBER JUICE

Celery is a nutritional powerhouse on its own. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and is anti-inflammatory. The potassium in celery juice helps in regulating body fluid and thus stimulates urine production.
Cucumber keeps you hydrated and flushes out all toxins from the body. It helps digestion, skin problems and also aids in weight loss.
Ginger has many antiseptic properties.
It’s a healthy drink in the morning to kick-start the day. The taste of the celery is not overpowering hence it allows the cucumber to stand out. Juicing celery with cucumber becomes a great edible tonic. You can also use celery with 1 carrot or 1 small apple and 1 beetroot skipping cucumber. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach skipping celery

Healthy Recipes

recipe source : my own

Prep time : 10 mins, Serves :4-6

Ingredients
2 celery stalks
1 big cucumber or 4 small cucumbers
1 inch ginger
½ lemon
Method
Wash the vegetables well. Peel the cucumber and ginger. Cut the vegetables and keep them aside.
Start juicing the cucumber first followed by celery and ginger. Pour it in a jar. Hand-squeeze fresh lemon into the juice after the veg juice is done.
Drink plain or pour it over ice and enjoy. It’s cool & refreshing!