Summer’s heat sucks my energy and makes me cranky, but my summer garden inspires me.

cucumber smoothie

I am inundated with cucumbers this year. Absolutely positively inundated. I cannot keep up! From only 2 plants, I’ve been harvesting many many cucumbers every day. And coming up with new and different ways to enjoy them.

I could have served this blended cucumber creation in a bowl and called it a cold soup, but what fun would that have been? A cucumber smoothie sounds so much more interesting. I threw some sorrel in because I grew it for the first time this year and I like it’s refreshingly sour flavor, but you could also try this with a handful of mint or basil, I think.

Since I’ve been on antibiotics for a couple of weeks for Lyme disease, I eat plain yogurt and other foods that are high in probiotics as often as I can. If you don’t eat dairy, some coconut milk might be nice in here.

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cucumber and sorrel smoothie

More Fabulous Cucumber Recipes:
Cucumber Aqua Fresca from A Box of Kitchen
Avocado and Cucumber Gazpacho from Running with Tweezers
Korean Spicy Cucumber Salad from Jeanette’s Healthy Living
Cucumber Sorbet from Healthy Green Kitchen

 

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21 Comments

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — July 20, 2011 @ 8:08 am

    I bet this drink is so refreshing…much needed in these crazy heat waves of Summer! :-)

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    I had it as an afternoon snack yesterday and it tided me over for hours. Very cooling, but pretty filling, too!

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    Tami — July 20, 2011 @ 8:11 am

    Regarding the Cucumber Smootie…

    What are the nutritional facts on it..

    how much fat, protein, sugars,…etc?

    Looks delish!

    Thanks!

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 8:17 am

    Oh gosh Tami…I have no idea. There’s a little fat and protein from the yogurt, and carbs/sugar from the honey, but otherwise it’s all cucumber/sorrel- so high in vitamins, but very low-calorie.

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — July 20, 2011 @ 8:12 am

    I will absolutely make this! I will have to sub some mint for the sorrel, but that’s perfect because I have WAY too much mint, and WAY too many cucumbers at the moment. Thanks for the idea :)

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 8:15 am

    Have fun with it Jen :)

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    foodwanderings — July 20, 2011 @ 8:45 am

    Winnie, such absolute gorgeous pics. screaming summer fresh!! Love that you have an entire vegetable garden you harvest from fresh cucumbers and more. I could have used some as I was running low on baby cukes for a condiment yesterday. Question what did you use as a garnish the bluish flowers?

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Shulie those are borage flowers…I grow lots of borage because I just love it and it’s edible. Aren’t they so pretty?!

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    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen — July 20, 2011 @ 9:37 am

    Oh gosh Winnie, I had no idea you were dealing with Lyme’s, I’m sorry. I hope the antibiotics help. Take care.

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 12:57 pm

    Hey Sylvie,
    Yes I have had it three times now. Was much sicker the other two times- this time, I just had the rash- feeling fine, but thanks for your good wishes :)

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    Adryon — July 20, 2011 @ 10:13 am

    What a great idea. Our cucumber plants are also very bountiful this year – and our mint has taken over our entire garden. We have more jars of pickles than I know what to do with.

    Lyme’s is no bueno. I got it 10 year ago and it sure stinks. I hope you feel better soon!

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

    I’ve made some pickles but I need to make lots more! I actually feel fine- saw the bull’s eye right away and had no other symptoms. I’ve had it before and was very sick, so I feel pretty lucky. One more week on antibiotics, then I am done.

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    Sophie Delphis — July 20, 2011 @ 12:33 pm

    This sounds quite delicious, and like a great tiding over afternoon snack.

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    Winnie — July 20, 2011 @ 12:59 pm

    Yes it really makes a nice snack!

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    Kelly — July 20, 2011 @ 1:38 pm

    This looks so refreshing and delicious!! Perfect! Love your blog so much and excited to be your newest follower! xoxo

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    Kelly Wilson — July 20, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Sounds yummy!

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    tami — July 20, 2011 @ 7:24 pm

    this looks delicious! thanks for including me in your post today, too!

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — July 21, 2011 @ 6:36 am

    This looks great! So fresh and healthy

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    Annapet — July 21, 2011 @ 8:34 am

    I did not grow cucumbers this year, and a good reminder not to plant more than two next season!

    Thanks for this post, I get to try sorrel differently. It’s one of my favorites in the garden since it returns season after season!

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    Lynda - TasteFood — July 21, 2011 @ 8:37 am

    I must use more sorrel! I hope you are feeling better, Winnie. Thanks for another beautiful recipe.

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    LiztheChef — July 21, 2011 @ 9:36 am

    Love the borage! Hope you are feeling better – the probiotics are a great help.