Cucumber Yogurt Cold Soup

This is a very light and refreshing cucumber summer soup and also extremely healthy! And did you know that cucumber is a fruit and not a vegetable?

Here is a short list of the impressive health benefits that a cucumber carries:

  • Keeps you hydrated. If you are too busy to drink enough water, munch on the cool cucumber, which is 96 percent water. It will cheerfully compensate!
  • Fights heat, both inside and out. Eat cucumber, and your body gets relief from heartburn. Apply cucumber on your skin, and you get relief from sunburn.
  • Flushes out toxins. All that water in cucumber acts as a virtual broom, sweeping waste products out of your system. With regular use, cucumber is known to dissolve kidney stones.
  • Lavishes you with vitamins. A B and C, which boost immunity, give you energy, and keep you radiant. Give it more power by juicing cucumber with carrot and spinach.
  • Supplies skin-friendly minerals: magnesium, potassium, silicon. That’s why cucumber-based treatments abound in spas.
  • Aids in weight loss. Enjoy cucumbers in your salads and soups.
  • Revives the eyes. Placing chilled slices of cucumber on the eyes is a clichéd beauty visual, but it really helps reduce under-eye bags and puffiness.
  • Stabilizes blood pressure. Patients of blood pressure, both high and low, often find that eating cucumber brings relief.
  • Helps digestion. Chewing cucumber gives the jaws a good workout, and the fiber in it is great for digestion.
  • Soothes muscle and joint pain. All those vitamins and minerals in cucumber make it a powerful enemy of muscle and joint pain.
  • Keeps kidneys in shape. Cucumber lowers uric acid levels in your system, keeping the kidneys happy.
  • Good for diabetics. Patients of diabetes can enjoy cucumber while also reaping its health benefits: cucumber contains a hormone needed by the cells of the pancreas for producing insulin.
  • Reduces cholesterol. A compound called sterols in cucumber helps reduce bad cholesterol.

As you can see the benefits are extensive! So pick a handful of firm, dark green cucumbers and pop them into your shopping basket. Congratulations! You have just bought yourself a fruit full of good health!

The other main ingredient of this healthy soup is Fage Total Greek Yogurt.

FAGE Total Strained Greek Yogurt is an extraordinary source of nutrition. Made from an authentic recipe that dates back to 1926 and using 100% natural ingredients, it contains no added sweeteners, thickeners or preservatives and no powdered milk, powdered cream or powdered protein.

Just whole milk, cream and cultures go through our unique straining process to create this blissful, low-calorie taste experience. In fact, approximately 4 pounds of raw milk are needed to make just one pound of FAGE Total Greek Yogurt. It’s part of what makes each thick, creamy bite full of inherent nutritional benefits – protein rich, gluten free, vegetarian, diabetic friendly and pregnancy friendly.

Sources:
2. Superb Health Benefits of Cucumber: Retrieved July 12, 2013

 

Ingredients:

3 medium cucumbers
2 green onions
1 tea spoon salt
1/2 tea spoon dill fronds, and a little more for garnishing
1 tea spoon fresh mint
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1/4 tea spoon olive oil
1/4 tea spoon apple cider vinegar
2 cups plain Fage Total Greek yogurt


How to make Cucumber Yogurt Cold Soup:

1. Wash cucumbers and herbs.

2. Cut cucumbers in quarters lengthwise, remove seeds and chop.  1/2 of one cucumber cut into thin strips and serve for garnishing.

3. Chop green onions and mint.

4. Place the first six ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.

5. Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, yogurt and blend until mixed well.

6. Chill in a storage container for 2-3 hours.

7. Serve in small glasses with a frond of dill and a cucumber stick for garnish.

Cucumber Yogurt Cold Soup

Hope you’ll make this smoothy-like soup and let me know what you think :)

Enjoy!

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Light and refreshing healthy summer soup. Made from fresh cucumbers, Fage Total Greek Yogurt and herbs. Garnished with slices of cucumber and dill.
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Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 3 medium cucumbers
  • 2 green onions
  • 1 tea spoon salt
  • ½ tea spoon dill fronds, and a little more for garnishing
  • 1 tea spoon fresh mint
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley
  • ¼ tea spoon olive oil
  • ¼ tea spoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cups plain Fage Total Greek yogurt
Instructions
  1. Wash cucumbers and herbs.
  2. Cut cucumbers in quarters lengthwise, remove seeds and chop. ½ of one cucumber cut into thin strips and serve for garnishing.
  3. Chop green onions and mint.
  4. Place the first six ingredients in a food processor or blender and puree until smooth.
  5. Add the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, yogurt and blend until mixed well.
  6. Chill in a storage container for 2-3 hours.
  7. Serve in small glasses with a frond of dill and a cucumber stick for garnish.

 

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