May 23, 2011

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie

     Smoothies are a great way to start the day. They are quick to make and great on the go. They have lots of vitamins and nutrients and they taste good. They also make a good mid-morning snack. This smoothie of cucumber and blueberries is brimming with antioxidants. However, it is not a beginners smoothie. You CAN taste the cucumber.
    Cucumber is a naturally cooling and thirst quenching vegetable. Which makes this the perfect smoothie for hot, muggy mornings or afternoons.  Cucumber is a mild tasting vegetable, but every time I   put it into smoothies, I ALWAYS taste it.  I really like it in this smoothie because the blueberries keep it sweet. However, taste your cucumber before you put it in, if it is especially bitter you might want to make a different smoothie. A bitter cucumber is better thrown into a salad or trash can. 
    Also, most of the time, I don't add dairy to my smoothies. Feel free to add tofu in place of the dairy. If you don't have tofu on hand or dislike it...feel free to replace it with a little plain yogurt or keep it simple with cucumber, blueberries and juice.

Blueberry Cucumber Smoothie
adapted from Martha Stewart

Note: This makes excellent summer Popsicles. 

1 English cucumber, washed
1 cup frozen blueberries
1 cup white grape or apple juice
1/2 cup tofu or low-fat plain yogurt(optional)

Blend cucumber, blueberries, juice and yogurt until combined and smooth. Serve.

1 comment:

The Sorensens said...

I added cucumber to my family's smoothie last week to get a little more veggie into Mark's diet. It worked really well. Thanks for the idea.