What happens when you mix melon, spinach, coconut water, cucumber, and chia seeds? You get what might just be the most refreshing smoothie ever.
This green smoothie is perfect for when you really need to rehydrate: Cucumber is a whopping 96 percent water (and contains vitamin C and anti-inflammatory caffeic acid), while coconut water is rich in potassium, one of the important electrolytes lost in sweat. That means you can think of it as a natural alternative to a sports drink. If you make sure to choose coconut water that's not from concentrate and doesn't have added sugar, it's way healthier for you. Blend and sprinkle with some chia seeds for a superfood boost: These little seeds are packed with alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) which your body can't produce on its own and must get from food—and is linked to a lower risk for cardiovascular disease. (Plus, you can make these delicious desserts with them. Double win.) Finally, green melon adds a little (natural!) sweetness that makes this nutritious smoothie go down easy.
Because there's only about 5g of protein in this smoothie, your best bet is to pair it with a protein-filled snack (like these 7 High-Protein Snack Recipes) if you're drinking it post-workout. An even easier option? Toss in a scoop of protein powder. And if you're missing one of the ingredients, don't fret. Try swapping the coconut water for regular water, or swap out the spinach for one of these other healthy greens.
Hydrating and getting your daily dose of greens has never been so easy.
Cucumber Coconut Water Green Smoothie
- 1 cup spinach, packed
- 1/2 cup melon, chopped
- 1/2 cup cucumber, chopped
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 TBS chia seeds
1. Add spinach to the blender first, then melon and cucumber, followed by the rest of the ingredients.
2. Blend until smooth and enjoy!
P.S. You can make smoothie prep even easier by packing the produce in airtight freezer bags so they're ready to go whenever. Add liquid ingredients first, then solid ingredients, and blend. Get started with these Freezer Smoothies That Make Mornings Easier.