If you’ve grown tired of the lone lemon or lime added to your water, it’s time to mix up your water routine. Add natural flavor to your water while enjoying the health benefits of strawberries and cucumbers.
Cucumber is a wonderful and nutritious vine plant. It contains vitamins A, C and K, among trace amounts of other vitamins. Cucumber also contains minerals, such as calcium. Antioxidants, such as vitamin C, help lower the risk of cancer. The vitamins and minerals in cucumbers help with digestion, healthy weight maintenance and stress. Cucumbers also reduce inflammation, making it ideal for the skin. They also work to help lower blood glucose levels because of their water content. One cucumber with its peel is approximately 45 calories.
Strawberry is considered a powerhouse fruit. Strawberries contain vitamin C, fiber, B vitamin folate, potassium, calcium, magnesium and phytonutrients. One cup of strawberries is about 50 calories and provides 100% of the daily recommended allowance of Vitamin C. Strawberries may help prevent certain cancers, regulate digestion, prevent heart disease, reduce cholesterol and boost the immune system.
Strawberry + Cucumber Water
All you need is 1/2 or a whole cucumber and a cup of strawberries to make your cucumber water for a pitcher. You can also just make enough for one glass. If you only intend on having one glass, simply add a 1-2 slices of cucumber and a sliced strawberry to your water.
- Rinse/Wash the fruit. Scrub outer layer of cucumber.
- If desired, peel your cucumber, or leave the skin. Some people prefer to scoop out the cucumber seeds. It’s up to you.
- Cut the cap off strawberries and slice them.
- Add water to a pitcher and sliced fruit.
- Let the water chill in the fridge.
Don’t let the mixture sit too long in the fridge. Overnight is fine. The more cucumbers and strawberries you add, the more flavorful it will be. If you’d like more strawberry flavor, add more strawberries and less cucumber. I think I’ll do that next time.
Be warned, this water is not sweet, but you do get the flavor of the added fruits that are loaded with vitamins and minerals.