The weather is getting warm here and it’s the perfect time to kick off a summer of refreshing smoothies!
To me, nothing tastes more refreshing than cucumber. There’s something about the flavor that just cools me down. Add in some blueberries and lime and mmmm, mmmm, mmmm! Delicious!
This blueberry cucumber green smoothie packs in a lot of veggies, nutrients, and fiber to keep you full for a long time. Add in your favorite protein powder and you have yourself a delicious meal replacement.
I added beans to this smoothie because, well, I love beans in smoothies and because they make a great thickener. You can skip them if you prefer but they really add a great boost of protein and fiber.
Blueberries are loaded with vitamin K, manganese, vitamin C and fiber. They are often ranked as having one of the highest antioxidant capacities among all fruits, vegetables, spices, and seasonings. In addition to their amazing antioxidant benefits, they also are high in cardiovascular, cognitive and eye health benefits.
Cucumbers are packed with phytonutrients that provide us with valuable antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits. They contain the antioxidant nutrients vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese.
In addition to having a wonderful smell and flavor spearmint contains vitamins, nutrients, and antioxidants. It also has many health benefits attributed to it including heart health, immunity, digestion, energy, and relaxation/stress reduction.
Limes are a moderately good source of vitamin C. They are packed with health benefits including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, digestion, energy boost, immunity boost, mental boost, and cleanse/detox.
Beans are loaded with protein and fiber making them beneficial for the digestive tract, blood sugar regulation, and cardiovascular system. The amount of protein and fiber per serving varies on the type of bean. Any of the “small” beans (small white, small red, black, red kidney beans) will give you about 14 grams of fiber and 8 grams of fiber per cup – at only 70 calories. That’s about half the daily recommendation of fiber for women.
Spinach has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits and is loaded with vitamins and minerals. It is also a great source of fiber and protein – both help to make you feel fuller faster and longer.
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Blueberry Cucumber Green Smoothie
- 3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
- 1/2 cucumber, medium
- 2 large mint leaves, or 2 tsp dried mint
- 1 tbsp lime juice
- 1/4 cup black beans (or any color beans), cooked, fresh or frozen (optional)
- 1 cup baby spinach or kale, packed
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder or extract (optional, skip this if you are using vanilla protein powder)
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (optional, the one I use can be found here)
- 1/4 cup water (more if using frozen fruit)
- 4 to 5 ice cubes (skip if using frozen fruit)
Instead of spinach or kale, try any of these other leafy greens found in the guide 19 leafy greens to use in smoothies.
Put all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy!
Want to know what I use to create these delicious smoothies? Visit my Resources page to learn more.
If you’d like to try other thickeners in smoothie check out my guide 23 thickeners to use in smoothies.