Holy smokes! Where have you been for the past 20 months, cucumber water? You are AMAZING! So refreshing, a hint of sweetness, and you make water a pleasure to drink again.
The one area in which I have felt the biggest hit in quality of life since going Paleo has been with drinks. I drink coffee and tea, but without sweetener, which make the drinks bland to me. Even after 20 months, I still miss my sweet drinks. I’ve had some Celestial teas, and the Very Blueberry is my favorite, but it’s not as good cold as it is hot (and it is quite heavenly when it’s hot!). Cucumber water, on the other hand, is freaking amazing.
I buy a cucumber once every two weeks for the office and I cut it up and put it into a cup of water I drink every day. I am able to reuse the sliced cucumber a few times and it still tastes good. Having a refrigerator in the office does make doing this easy. I will begin experimenting with some other fruits and vegetables as well.
Sherry drinks water with lemon in it all the time. I guess she’s been onto this trick for a long time while I suffered through with plain old water. I don’t know why I haven’t tried this sooner. I think Sherry even mentioned it to me, and I just dismissed it because I thought there’s no way any drink without sugar or sweetener could ever replace my beloved sweet drinks. Boy was I wrong!
My basic cucumber water recipe
- 10 oz water
- 8 thin slices of cucumber
Refrigerate for about 30 minutes to an hour for best results. I reuse the cucumber one more time after the first drink, and it still tastes good. The third time? Not as much cucumber comes through, so I stick with using cucumber slices only twice.
So there you have it! A drink that you can have that feels refreshing and delicious, and a PaleoMarine.com first: a recipe! I know; it’s kind of weak to call that a recipe, but baby steps. We’ve got to start somewhere.