Raw Food Recipes by Marcy Denise: Cucumber Cooler

Cucumbers are excellent for body hydration and overall skin health, and are also wonderful for flushing toxins from the body. Pineapples are high in bromelain which greatly helps with digestion. Cilantro is excellent for aiding the body in removing heavy metals. I love adding ginger root to many of my juices, not only for its anti-inflammatory properties but also because it’s greatly immune boosting. Lemon peel purifies the blood vessels, detoxifies the skin, helps lower cholesterol, and has components that fight cancer. A powerful combination!

‘Cucumber Cooler’

Revitalizing blend rich in antioxidants, perfect for a hot Summer day.

half of 1 large Garden cucumber, cut into spears (skin left on)
half of 1 medium to large pineapple, rind removed, core left intact
half of 1 small lemon (peel left on)
1/3 cup cilantro, stems left intact, tightly packed
1 large Golden Delicious apple, cored and quartered (skin left on)
1-inch piece of fresh ginger root (skin left on)

Process all of the ingredients through a juicer of your choice. Stir gently and serve!


A few tips…

To help limit your exposure to harmful pesticide residues and waxed coatings often associated with conventional produce, try to purchase organically grown fruits and vegetables as often as possible.

The listed ingredients should roughly amount to 16 ounces of juice, depending on how much liquid your cucumber, pineapple, lemon, cilantro, apple and ginger root piece yield. It is best to serve fresh juices soon after they are made due to oxidation and degrading of nutrients. However, they can be tightly sealed and placed inside of the refrigerator for short-term storage (a day or two).

While the final outcome will somewhat vary each time a juice is made, produce size (as well as quality) does play an important part. In the list of ingredients, I noted half of 1 large Garden cucumber, cut into spears (skin left on). A large Garden cucumber would equate to a cucumber at least 2 inches in width and 8 inches in length. Half of 1 medium to large pineapple, rind removed, core left intact: Pineapple types vary as does their size. An average-sized pineapple would equate to at least 5 inches in width and 7 inches in height (excluding the green top). Half of 1 small lemon (peel left on): A small lemon would equate to at least 2 inches in width and 2 inches in height. 1 large Golden Delicious apple, cored and quartered (skin left on): A large Golden Delicious apple would equate to an apple at least 3 inches in width and 3 inches in height.

Save the leftover pulp for adding to soups or as an ingredient in making breads or crackers. No need to throw that extra goodness away! The leftover pulp can last a day or two if stored in a tightly sealed container and kept inside of the refrigerator. If you are not able to use the leftover pulp in that amount of time, storing it inside of the freezer may be a better option.