This is a healthy and delicious smoothie loaded with dietary fiber, vitamins and minerals that will help to keep your hunger satiated till the next meal. The addition of yogurt to this smoothie makes it all the more filling and adds a rich creaminess and protein punch to the smoothie. Both cucumber and grapes are loaded with dietary fiber and water that helps to improve satiety, aid digestion and promote detox. You can add this smoothie to your breakfast routine to cut out some empty calories from carbs and promote healthy weight loss. Adding honey to this smoothie adds a mellow sweetness and provides an instant burst of energy to the body to keep you active throughout the day.
Cucumber is one of the healthiest of fruits loaded with water, dietary fiber and minerals. High water content in cucumber helps to keep you cool and hydrated and prevent dehydration. Most of the health benefits of cucumber can be attributed to its high water content. Cucumbers are a great remedy for UTI (urinary tract infection). The water present in cucumber helps to flush out bacteria and other toxic substances from the urinary tract thorough urine and prevents the infection from spreading. Again, high water content in cucumber helps to flush out excess uric acid from the body and helps to prevent gout.
Grapes are rich in powerful antioxidants such as resveratrol and flavonoids that help to reduce chronic inflammation and protect the heart. Resveratrol also aids weight loss by reducing the cell’s ability to store fat and promoting the fat cells to disintegrate. Resveratrol is also beneficial for protecting the brain. It destroys the plaques and free radicals that damage the brain and increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Grapes are a wonderful source of minerals copper, iron and manganese that improves bone strength and prevents age-related degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis. Organic acids, cellulose and insoluble fiber present in grapes makes it a natural laxative food that helps to relieve constipation by adding bulk to stool. Just like cucumbers, grapes also have the capacity to reduce the level of uric acid in the body and flush it out from the body in the form of urine which in turn helps to relieve gout and reduces the risk of kidney disorders.
Yogurt not only adds a rich and creamy texture to this smoothie, but also supplies a wholesome amount of protein that promotes energy consumption in the body by boosting metabolism and helps to build lean muscle mass while burning fat. Just 7 ounces of yogurt contains 12 grams of protein. Being a fermented food, yogurt contains abundant amount of probiotics (healthy bacteria) which helps to improve gastrointestinal disorders such as bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc. Probiotics present in yogurt also helps to strengthen the immune system and reduce inflammation. Minerals calcium, potassium and phosphorus along with vitamin D help to strengthen the bones and prevent osteoporosis and weakening of the bones.
Here is the recipe…
- Grapes – 1 cup
- Cucumber – ½ cup
- Yogurt – ½ cup
- Honey – 1 tablespoon
- Pour grapes and cucumber slices in the blender.
- Then toss yogurt and raw honey in it and blend them well on high speed until smooth.
- Transfer the smoothie into your serving glass and consume it immediately to prevent the loss of nutrients in it.
- Drink this smoothie regularly to cleanse your system and thereby to lose your extra weight.
The grapes and cucumber smoothie is a perfect snack for aiding weight loss, improving digestion and promoting detox. The high water content in this smoothie cleanses the system and helps to provide healthy and clear skin. The recipe of this smoothie can be modified to suit vegans by replacing yogurt with almond milk and leaving out the honey.