Cucumber lemonade with chia seeds
Cucumbers are an essential ingredient of our summer salads. Even 96% of this vegetable from the Cucurbitaceae family is made of water, so by consuming cucumbers you will hydrate your body and promote detoxification by their regular consumption. Cucumbers contain vitamins C and K, B1, B5 and B7 and potassium, magnesium, manganese, and copper. According to Ayurveda consuming cucumbers can stimulate the body to release the excess heat from the abdominal organs, thus reducing the bad breath. Because they contain fibers and water, and a few calories, they are a great choice for those who want to lose weight in a healthy way. But did you know that this summer vegetable is a great fighter against heart disease and cancer?
Chia seeds are the fruit of the mint family that grows in Mexico and Guatemala. History tells us that chia was a very important plant in the Aztec civilization. And after the extinction of Aztec civilization, chia remained in use in that region but was not known for the rest of the world until about a quarter of a century ago. Chia seeds, which are white or dark brown to black, have a high nutritional value. They supply the body with proteins, vitamins A, B, E and D and calcium, potassium, copper, iron, manganese and zinc minerals. Additionally, they are an excellent source of fiber – substances that promote digestion.
Lemonade with cucumber and chia seeds recipe
As far as summer drinks are concerned, besides cooling us, it is desirable to be rich in electrolytes (mineral substances), which we are increasingly losing with sweating. This is exactly the case with this drink, which you need: 1 lemon, 2 medium cucumbers, a few leaves of fresh mint, a handful of fresh parsley, a teaspoon of fresh ginger, a tablespoon of chia seeds, a pitcher of fresh water.
Put the lemon in the bowl of water, put the leaves in, parsley and grated ginger. Slice cucumber, chop it into slices and put it in the water. Add the chia seeds and let everything stand, while the seeds expand and then add a few cubes of ice – and you get an extremely healthy, slightly hot, refreshing summer drink full of electrolytes.