You might have over-indulged on food, drink or just good times over the Christmas period, and if you’re now trying to live a little more healthily, a pleasant drink can help keep you in the groove.
Adding cucumber or mint, or both, to any drink makes it instantly more refreshing.
You’ll also benefit from some added nutrients and antioxidants, vitamin A and K in cucumber’s case, which benefits your skin and muscles, for a start.
Mint is well-known for its digestive benefits.
You can simply add cucumber slices and mint leaves to a glass of water. Or you can add them to a jug of water and leave them to do their thing for a while.
You can take this basic drink up a notch by using sparkling water, or if you aren’t so fixated on health, they are good additions to lemonade.
The EatingWell.com website has a recipe for cucumber juice, which adds apple for sweetness.
You’ll need two large cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped. A small Granny Smith apple, peeled and chopped, a cup of pure unsweetened coconut water and ice cubes for serving.
Blend the cucumber, apple and coconut water until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh into a jug. Fill two glasses with ice and divide the juice between the two.