Recipe: Spicy Cucumber Mint Smoothie

It's packed with protein, healthy fat, vitamins and minerals

The best smoothies are nutrient-dense and full of protein, vitamins, minerals and healthy fats. This recipe is not only delicious — it also activates your metabolism, sustains energy levels and stabilizes blood sugar. Note: Soaking a smoothie’s seeds or nuts activates their enzymes and makes them easier to digest. Fill a bowl with enough filtered water to cover them, and soak for at least 30 minutes (preferably overnight).

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1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin coconut oil
1/2-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 avocado
1/4 cucumber, peeled
1/4 lime, peeled and seeded
1 kale leaf, stem removed
1 cup filtered water
2 to 3 ice cubes (depending on how cold you like your drinks)
8 to 10 chopped fresh mint leaves
Optional: 1/4 jalapeño chili, seeds removed


  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend on high speed until smooth.
  3. Pour smoothie into your favorite glass, and enjoy!

Nutrition information

Makes 1 serving (2 cups) 

Per serving:

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Calories 437
Fat 35g
Saturated fat 5g
Cholesterol 0mg
Fiber 10g
Protein 18g
Carbohydrate 20g
Sodium 21mg

Recipe by Mark Hyman, MD

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Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD, is Director for the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine and founder of The UltraWellness Center.
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