This cucumber and lemon juice recipe makes a refreshing beverage to overflow your body with nutrients.
Is Cucumber a Fruit?
Often mistaken to be a crisp vegetable, cucumbers are fruits growing from the ovaries of pollinated female flowers. Cucumbers are related to squash, which are also fruits and not vegetables. (Surprised!)
There are three main varieties of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, and burpless/seedless.
“Slicing” cucumbers, like the name indicates, are specifically bred for culinary use. This variety is harvested green/immature because it develops a bitter taste as it ripens.
The ones used for pickling vary in shape and come in a noticeably smaller size. The fruits are typically thicker, and they have bumpy skin instead of smooth like the regular kinds.
Burpless/seedless cucumbers have no seeds, which is a special bred we often don’t see at supermarkets. They are sweeter and have thinner skin than other varieties.
Does Cucumber and Lemon Juice Have Detoxification Property?
If you come here for a tasty detox water recipe, we’re sorry to inform you that it’s not. This cucumber and lemon juice recipe is nothing more than a formula for a refreshing beverage.
What you might be looking for is “cucumber and lemon water.” It is known as a special concoction, rumored to have detoxification properties, but is it?
The logic behind “detoxing” is when we steep fruits in plain water, it can flush toxins out of your body. The thing is, “there is little to no evidence that detox diets remove any toxins,” says nutritionist Adda Bjarnadottir.
Regular consumption of this fruity water, on the other hand, is known to improve digestion, moods and promote weight loss. All of this is true, which would also happen if you were to drink… lots of water.
The bottom line is that you can benefit from drinking detox water, as you would with just plain water. Our beverage, however, is even better than detox water.
How Healthy Is Cucumber Lemon Juice?
Unlike detox water with fruit slices steeped in, our drink is made from the actual juice of cucumbers and lemons. One serving of this cucumber and lemon juice recipe can provide you with benefits from:
If cucumbers are famous for one thing, it is the fluid content, which takes up 98% of this crisp fruit. Eat/juice 6-7 average-sized cucumbers, and you can meet half of the daily recommended water intake.
Cucumbers can help you lose weight, as it has little calories and contains pectin— a soluble fiber. As you digest pectin, it absorbs moisture and expands, thus creating a feeling of fullness and preventing overeating.
Thanks to the soluble fiber, cucumbers can also keep your bowel movements regular and possibly prevent constipation.
The only downside to cucumbers is that they have a limited nutritional profile compared to other fruits. We fixed that by including a healthy amount of lemon juice.
The yellow fruit has been known to have remedial effects on our health, thanks to its nutritional content.
For starters, lemons are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that bears certain health benefits:
Vitamin C can boost the immune system by reducing free radicals, causing oxidative stress that damages your cells. Oxidative stress is the leading cause of severe diseases like cancer, diabetes, metabolic disorders, and more.
This nutrient also promotes heart health. It can help regulate cholesterol levels in your bloodstream and ease oxidative damage placed on the artery walls.
According to Healthline, anemia is a condition commonly stemming from iron deficiency. By consuming iron-rich foods and foods packed with vitamin C, you can have sufficient iron and, thus, ward off anemia.
The fruit is also rich in citric acid, which gives lemons their signature tanginess and has a remedial effect. One study showed that citric acid helps prevent kidney stones by creating a less-favorable environment for the disease to develop.
For more drinks that are packed with vitamin C, check out our best lemon juice recipe collection.
Cucumber Lemon Juice Calories
One glass of beverage made out of this cucumber and lemon juice recipe gives you around 71 calories. Most of it comes from sugar, which accounts for less than 10 grams per serving, way less than what’s recommended:
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How to Make Cucumber and Lemon Juice
Here are the steps of our cucumber and lemon juice recipe:
Step 1: Deseed the cucumbers
Slice cucumbers in half and use a spoon to scrape off the seeds, lengthwise.
Step 2: Juice
Start a juicer and feed it with the prepped cucumbers and basil leaves. Collect the juice in a large pitcher.
Step 3: Add other ingredients
Add lemon juice and sugar to the pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar.
Step 4: Pour and serve
Pour the juice into serving glasses and serve with ice or chilled.
How Long Does Cucumber Lemon Juice Last?
We stored our leftover juice in the fridge, covered with clingwrap, and it tasted fine after four days. The juice was a little light in color, but the flavor remained unchanged.
Here’s how to keep your juice the longest possible:
- Wash your hands thoroughly before juicing and any kitchen equipment (spoon, bowl, glasses, containers). This basic act eliminates present bacteria, which, if skipped, can result in a spoiled drink.
- To reduce the chance of bacterial contamination, remove as much air exposed to your drink as possible. You can use an airtight container, a Ziploc bag, or simply a cling wrap over the holding glass/cup.
Cucumber and Lemon Juice Recipe
- 30 oz cucumbers
- 6 basil leaves
- 3 tbsp sugar
- 2 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 cups ice
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- Deseed the cucumbers: Slice cucumbers in half and use a spoon to scrape off the seeds, lengthwise.
- Juice: Start a juicer and feed it with the prepped cucumbers and basil leaves. Collect the juice in a large pitcher.
- Add other ingredients: Add lemon juice and sugar to the pitcher and stir to dissolve the sugar.
- Pour and serve: Pour the juice into serving glasses and serve with ice or chilled.
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