- 2 large cucumbers, roughly chopped
- 2 large handfuls fresh basil (or oregano, cilantro, dill…)
- 2 ripe avocados
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime (or lemon) juice, or more to taste
- 1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil (or MCT oil)
- Black pepper and sea salt, to taste
- 1 cup ice cubes
spring onion, garlic, chili pepper
spring onion, basil, chopped pistachio nuts
Who’s in the mood for a cooling Avocado Cucumber Gazpacho to bring some much needed refreshment in this heatwave? It’s light and summery, yet creamy and filling at the same time. You could serve it as a quick lunch or dinner on a hot summer day, or as a festive appetizer all year long.
The gazpacho is packed with essential minerals and healthy fats to keep your energy levels high and give your fat-burning metabolism a natural boost. You could even add one to two teaspoons of MCT oil (super fuel for your cells!) to increase your mental clarity, beat sugar cravings and help your body to burn fat for fuel.
I usually garnish it with a crunchy topping like roughly chopped pistachio nuts or lightly toasted pumpkin seeds. That extra crunch makes it all the more satisfying :) You could serve it with your favorite crackers or sweet potato toast to turn it into a proper meal.
Avocado Cucumber Gazpacho (Vegan Keto, Low Carb, Paleo)
- Blend the roughly chopped cucumber with the basil, avocado, lime juice, olive oil or MCT oil, black pepper and sea salt. Mix until smooth.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings if desired. You could also add ½ stalk of spring onion, a small clove of garlic and/or ½ small chili pepper (seeded if you don’t like it super spicy) for extra flavor.
- Add the ice cubes and blend on high for 10 to 20 seconds.
- Top with finely chopped spring onion, basil and roughly chopped pistachio nuts. Serve immediately.
JULIE’S TIPS & TRICKS:
Did you know that cucumbers are almost entirely made up of water? Most of that water is located in the flesh of the cucumber, while the skin contains other valuable nutrients such as vitamins A and C, and caffeic acid, which helps to alleviate skin irritations and reduce swelling.
Cucumbers will also nurture you from the inside out since they contain important minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and silica. Silica is a trace mineral that is essential for the creation and maintenance of healthy tissue, including muscle tissue, ligaments and bones.
Enjoy your cucumber in a refreshing summer salad like this Cauliflower Rice Tabbouleh, an alkalizing juice like this Fennel Pear Green Juice (excuse the old-school video :)) or a tasty raw soup like this gazpacho.
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Nutritional value (per person)
Total carbs 21,8 g Fiber 12 g Net carbs 9,45 g Protein 4,5 g Fats 34,8 g Of which saturated 4,8 g Calories 387,1 kcal
Macro nutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (19,7%), protein (3,5%), fats (76,8%)