Recipe: Spicy Cucumber Mint Smoothie

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By: Mark Hyman, MD

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

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

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

Recipe by Mark Hyman, MD

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