I’m really enjoying cucumbers lately. In fresh pressed juices, Cucumber water, cucumber salsa, ummm cucumber infused vodka… So I’ve taken some of the other flavors that pair so well with cucumber, lime juice and mint, and sweetened it a little bit to freeze into a popsicle. This is a nice cooling treat I’ll enjoy after a meal or after a run to help dissipate some of the heat of the mini heat waves we’ve had already.
The pops are very simple to put together since you just pour the mix right out of the blender into your molds of choice. I chose to try some traditional 4-ounce molds as well as some push pop-style silicone molds. Play around with the amount of sweetener to your taste. I’m going to use 1/3 cup agave next time. I find that because I’m not eating much sugar or other sweeteners these days I am more sensitive to sweet tastes.
Cucumbers are full of water and fiber which are essential for good digestion. The skin is particularly high in insoluble fiber which helps move food quickly through your digestive tract and out of your body. The many B vitamins cucs contain help with managing stress. The list of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant elements in cucumbers fight cancer, improve memory, lower risk of heart disease, and help control weight. That sure beats the sugar-sweetened artificially colored versions of this summer treat!
- 5 cups seedless cucumber, chopped
- ¾ cup fresh mint leaves
- ¾ cup lime juice
- ½ cup agave nectar
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- Purée the cucumber, mint, lime juice, agave, and salt in a blender until smooth.
- Pour the mixture into 8 4-ounce popsicle molds. Insert popsicle sticks and freeze 4 hours until firm.