This cucumber and lemon juice recipe makes a refreshing beverage to overflow your body with nutrients.
Is Cucumber a Fruit?
Often mistaken for a crisp vegetable, cucumbers are actually fruits because they grow from the ovaries of pollinated female flowers. Cucumbers are related to squash, which are also fruits and not vegetables. (Surprise!)
There are three main varieties of cucumbers: slicing, pickling, and burpless/seedless.
“Slicing” cucumbers, like the name indicates, are specifically bred for culinary use. This variety is harvested green/immature because it develops a bitter taste as it ripens.
The ones used for pickling vary in shape and come in a noticeably smaller size. The fruits are typically thicker, and they have bumpy skin instead of smooth like the regular kind.
Burpless/seedless cucumbers have no seeds, which is a special breed we often don’t see at supermarkets. They are sweeter and have thinner skin than other varieties.
Do Cucumber and Lemon Juice Have Detoxification Properties?
If you come here for a tasty detox water recipe, we’re sorry to inform you that it’s not. This cucumber and lemon juice recipe is nothing more than a formula for a refreshing beverage.
What you might be looking for is “cucumber and lemon water.” It is known as a special concoction, rumored to have detoxification properties, but is it?
The logic behind “detoxing” is when we steep fruits in plain water, it can flush toxins out of your body. The thing is, “there is little to no evidence that detox diets remove any toxins,” says nutritionist Adda Bjarnadottir.
Regular consumption of this fruity water, on the other hand, is known to improve digestion, moods and promote weight loss. All of this is true, which would also happen if you were to drink… lots of water.
The bottom line is that you can benefit from drinking detox water, as you would with just plain water. Our beverage, however, is even better than detox water.
How Healthy Is Our Juice Recipe?
Unlike detox water with fruit slices steeped in it, our drink is made from the actual juices of cucumbers and lemons. One serving of this cucumber and lemon juice can provide you with the following benefits:
If cucumbers are famous for one thing, it is their fluid content, which makes up 98% of this crisp fruit. Eat/juice 6-7 average-sized cucumbers, and you can meet half of your daily recommended water intake.
The downside to cucumbers is that they have a limited nutritional profile compared to other fruits. We fixed that by including a healthy amount of lemon juice.
This yellow fruit has been known to have remedial effects on our health, thanks to its nutritional content.
For starters, lemons are rich in vitamin C, an antioxidant that bears certain health benefits:
According to Healthline, anemia is a condition that commonly stems from iron deficiency. By consuming iron-rich foods and foods packed with vitamin C, you can have sufficient iron and thus ward off anemia.
The fruit is also rich in citric acid, which gives lemons their signature tanginess and has a remedial effect. One study showed that citric acid helps prevent kidney stones by creating a less-favorable environment for the condition to develop.
One glass of beverage made out of this cucumber and lemon juice recipe gives you around 71 calories. Most of it comes from sugar, which accounts for less than 10 grams per serving, way less than what’s recommended:
Calories from Added Sugar (10%)
Daily Recommended Added Sugar
How Long Does It Last?
We stored our leftover juice in the fridge covered with cling wrap, and it tasted fine after 4 days. The juice was a little light in color, but the flavor remained unchanged.
Here’s how to keep your juice as long as possible:
Wash your hands thoroughly before juicing, as well as any kitchen equipment (spoon, bowl, glasses, containers, etc.). This basic act eliminates bacteria present, which, if skipped, can result in a spoiled drink.
To reduce the chance of bacterial contamination, limit as much air exposure as possible. You can use an airtight container, a Ziploc bag, or simply place cling wrap over the holding glass/cup.
Tuyet Pham is an award-winning Saigonese chef who believes that joy is the secret ingredient to delicious food. At Healthy Recipes 101, Tuyet personally tests and simplifies every recipe, ensuring maximum flavor with minimal effort. With a background at prestigious French restaurants P’TI Saigon and Le Corto, Tuyet knows how to make every dish exceptional.
Luna Regina is an accomplished writer and author who dedicates her career to empowering home cooks and making cooking effortless for everyone. She is the founder of HealthyKitchen101.com and HealthyRecipes101.com, where she works with her team to develop easy, nutritious recipes and help aspiring cooks choose the right kitchen appliances.
Lizzie Streit is a Minneapolis-based dietitian and founder of It’s a Veg World After All. She completed her MS in Human Nutrition from Drexel University, and is an expert in culinary nutrition, recipe development, and nutrition communications. Lizzie’s philosophy is centered around making nutrition recommendations, and especially the advice to eat more vegetables, approachable and realistic. She is excited to be working with the team at Healthy Recipes 101 to ensure that their recipes are both nutritious and delicious.