For hot summer days, turn to this refreshing green gazpacho recipe to cool you down and re-hydrate you in the most delicious way possible.
Green Gazpacho Benefits
Cucumbers support digestive health, elimination, and help reduce bloating from water retention. They are traditionally used in Ayurveda to treat constipation. Cucumbers also contain a number of antioxidants, including cucurbitacins, glucosides, lignans, apigenin and flavanols like firestin. These are known to have strong cancer-fighting abilities since they can protect DNA and cells from damage due to oxidative stress.
If you’re worried about bone health, add more cucumbers to your diet. One cup provides 22% of the recommended daily value of Vitamin K, which is needed for strong and healthy bones.
Celery is another green to add to your diet if you want to soothe and support the digestive system. It helps reduce inflammation body-wide, including our gut, and also supports liver health.
This Celery Lemonade is another easy, quick, delicious way to get more celery in your diet.
Basil adds fresh fragrance and flavor, as well as anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial benefits. If you love basil, you’ll love this cashew basil pesto.
Fennel is another veggie to add to the diet if you want to keep your bones strong. It contains calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and Vitamin K, which all play a role in bone health.
It’s also contains potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. (About 10% of RDV per cup).
But, fennel is probably best known for its role in supporting digestive health. Besides being a source of fiber (11% RDV per cup), eating fennel or fennel seeds stimulate the secretion of digestive juices, aiding in digestion. Fennel can also be helpful in dealing with indigestion, as it helps neutralize the acid in your stomach after meals.
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I typically get my produce at the farmer’s market, but Amazon Fresh has fast delivery on organic produce in a pinch.
The edible flowers add a fun little pop of color, but of course are not crucial for the recipe if you can’t find them. I get them at the farmers market, they are very inexpensive. The yellow flowers are brassica or broccoli flowers, and the pinkish ones are radish flowers.
For the coconut milk, salt, olive oil, and any other dry goods, I always get them at vitacost, which is typically 25-50% cheaper than grocery store prices, for the same organic and natural brands. I’ve linked to my preferred brands below:
For salt, I primarily use Himalayan pink salt, which contains dozens of trace minerals, and adds beautiful flavor to every dish.
For olive oil, I have tried so many, and find this Gaea olive oil to be my favorite. I like that it is in a dark glass bottle to protect the antioxidants in the oil, its a nice deep yellow color, and it is very tasty. I find compared to other olive oils, it’s truly high quality at a good price.
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- 1 organic cucumber, chopped (about 3 cups chopped)
- 2 organic celery stalks, chopped
- 2 cups baby spinach (optional)
- 2 cups basil leaves
- 2 Tbsp. lime juice
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 cup fennel, chopped
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut milk or cream*
- 1/4 tsp. salt, or to taste
- coconut cream/milk
- chopped cucumber
- coconut flakes
- pumpkin seeds
- edible flowers
- Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth. Salt to taste. You can serve as is, but for a colder, more refreshing soup chill for at least 2 hours.
- When ready to serve, divide into two bowls. If desired, garnish with your preferred toppings.
- *For the creamiest texture, use the cream on the top of a chilled can of coconut milk.
- You can add a little heat, by adding 1-2 tsp. chopped jalapeno.
- You can make the soup heartier and more filling by adding a cup on white beans, like cannellini or navy beans.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a 28-day healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. Her most popular program is EatSLIM, a 10-week online group glass that guides participants to develop healthy eating habits that stick – and lose weight, boost their metabolism, improve their digestion, and quit sugar.
She writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.