Cucumber Detox Water
I love the light “barely there” flavored fruits. They are so slept on! Cucumbers, pears, and any other similar watery fruit that you may find boring to eat just need a creative touch. Making a lightly flavored cucumber detox water is just the perfect use for them. Also try more healthy but satisfying drinks like Golden Milk, Loquat Tea, and Detox Tea!
I blended my fruit, with ginger and lime as support, and strain through my nut milk bag. You can also use cheesecloth or something similar, but I have found a nut milk bag to be indispensable for finely straining out anything my heart desires. A nut milk bag has a drawstring and is sewn in the shape of a bag. This allows you to strain a liquid without risking spillage. They are also very fairly priced! Here is my favorite on Amazon.
I have made this recipe using both sparkling and still water. Sparkling water allows you to add extra flavor and a bit of fizz to make things exciting, but isn’t absolutely necessary. The proportions in this recipe are for about two and a half quarts. The best part is that this cucumber detox water is super customizable! Take out and add ingredients to fit your needs and desires.
How To Make Detox Water?
If you are wondering where the detox part comes in, and what the secret ingredient is… Honestly there is none. But hold on! Every good detox requires water. Lots of it. More than you probably realize. Because any good detox, is just you using water to rinse your body from the inside out.
When doing hydration challenges, water cleanses, any similar trend, and just getting in your recommended daily water, the most common thing to hear is “Ugh! I hate how water tastes.” And then when they say “I’ll just drink lots of juice”, the hydration police attack them. I hate to play devil’s advocate, but they do have a point.
What Is the Purpose Of Detox Water?
A lot of juices, even natural fruit juices, have so much concentrated sugar. When drank at very high amounts, you’re adding so much sugar and calories that you are probably not considering. It’s good when you’re trying to add more fruit to your diet, because it tastes so good you have no problem eating it. However, you have to consider that when you eat a whole fruit, the pulp and skin probably have fiber that fill you up. On the contrary, I could definitely finish a gallon of juice in a day, absolutely no problem.
The beauty of this recipe is that even tho officially I do add a touch of sugar, you could definitely use stevia, monk fruit, or another similar sweetener. Here is a handy conversion for sugar to powdered and liquid stevia. If you do use sugar, it ends up having one and a half teaspoons of sugar per cup, which is 24 calories and 6g of sugar (please note that there is extra sugar from the fruit, which I’ve reflected in the nutrition information), which compared to orange juice, which has around 111 calories and 21g of sugar, is not much at all.
All of the ingredients in this drink also aid with your health. Pear, cucumber, and kiwi have lots of vitamins and minerals, and have a high water content on their own. Ginger is great for your digestion, and has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Limes are especially full of vitamin C and antioxidants, which is great for your skin and immune system. One cup of this drink actually has 25% of your recommended daily vitamin C!
What is Agua Fresca?
This cucumber detox water is made in the style of an agua fresca, which is Spanish for “fresh water”. Aguas frescas, most famously agua de Jamaica, which is made from a type of hibiscus (more info here), and horchata, are normally found in traditional Mexican restaurants, and can also contain other common tropical fruits, such mango, pineapple, and passion fruit. They are lighter than the average juice, made to be very refreshing and hydrating for someone taking a break on a hot summery day.
Lastly, I store this drink in an infusion pitcher. This has either a special lid or a slotted core, that allows you to place cut fruit inside, and also pour it out, without it dropping fruit into your cup and causing a mess. It also looks super sleek and cute. I could not find my exact pitcher, since it has been about a year since I bought it, but a similar one here on Amazon. I also found a 2 gallon one here, where you could triple this recipe and fit it quite comfortably.
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- Energy: 46 kcal / 192 kJ
- Fat: 0 g
- Protein: 0 g
- Carbs: 8 g
- Preparation: 15 min
- Ready in: 15 min
- Boil one cup of water on the stove, and add your sugar. Mix until completely dissolved, and set aside.
- Add all of your fruit and ginger to a blender and process until liquid. Arrange nut milk bag or cheesecloth over container and pour in a quarter of the fruit liquid, and squeeze until the contents are dry and crumbly. Repeat until you're finished.
- Add sugar mixture, and sparking or still water until your container is full. Stir to fully incorporate, add any cut fruit, and stick in your fridge. Stay hydrated!