August 16, 2020

Recipe: Spicy Cucumber Mint Smoothie

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

cucumber mint smoothie

By: Mark Hyman, MD

Advertisement

Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic products or services. Policy

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).

Ingredients

½ teaspoon extra-virgin coconut oil
½-inch piece fresh ginger root, peeled
1 tablespoon raw almond butter
1 tablespoon chia seeds
¼ cup hemp seeds
¼ avocado
¼ cucumber, peeled
¼ 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: ¼ jalapeño chili, seeds removed

Advertisement

Directions

  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:

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

Advertisement

Recipe by Mark Hyman, MD

Related Articles

Bowl with raspberries, blueberries apples, almonds and chia seeds on a white tabletop
January 30, 2024
Recipe: Berry Smoothie Bowl

A creamy smoothie with crunchy toppings — in a bowl!

smoothie with acheta protein powder in scoop
January 24, 2024
What Is Acheta Protein? What To Know About Eating Crickets

This edible insect powder can be a good source of protein, fiber and other nutrients

cool tropical smoothie with straw
November 29, 2023
Recipe: Cool Tropical Smoothie

A zesty thirst-quencher that’s dairy-free and vegan

Person chopping a cucumber on cutting board.
April 2, 2023
6 Health Benefits of Cucumbers

Cucumbers promote gut health, strengthen your bones and lower your risk of heart disease

Peach yogurt smoothie.
February 13, 2023
Recipe: Peach-Vanilla Yogurt Smoothie

Enjoy as is or change it up by adding more fruit or using low-fat dairy

cocoa bliss smoothie
January 11, 2023
Recipe: Chocolate Cacao Bliss Smoothie

Creamy, healthy, chocolatey goodness

Berry vanilla smoothie in a mason jar ready for drinking.
December 14, 2022
Recipe: Berry Vanilla Banana Smoothie

Sweet, creamy and oh-so delicious

A green smoothie with strawberries in it.
September 26, 2022
Recipe: Creamy Strawberry and Greens Smoothie

Dairy-free and delicious!

Trending Topics

close up of keto gummies
Do Keto Gummies Work for Weight Loss? Are They Safe?

Research is inconclusive whether or not these supplements are helpful

Person in yellow tshirt and blue jeans relaxing on green couch in living room reading texts on their phone.
Here’s How Many Calories You Naturally Burn in a Day

Your metabolism may torch 1,300 to 2,000 calories daily with no activity

Older person postioned sideways showing dowager hump.
Dowager’s Hump: What It Is and How To Get Rid of It

The hump at the base of your neck may be caused by osteoporosis or poor posture

Ad