It has been comforting to be back in New England for the change of seasons from Summer to Fall. Opening a window to let in the cool night breeze makes for beautiful sleep and the crisp air and fall foliage make hiking or a bike ride simply wonderful. Only thing that makes me sad to see summer go is the end of all the super fresh local veggies I’ve enjoyed over the past few months. But no worries, within a month I’ll be touring a new continent, Australia! Spring will be in full swing when I arrive, so I’m sure I’ll be juicing up some fresh local greens once again.
But back on the subject of being here in New England, my friend planted a lovely garden this past summer and has been generous with her produce. Recently she gave me a few of the last cucumbers she was able to pick this year. As a tribute and good bye to summer, I decided to whip up some Cucumber Dill Soup; a recipe featured in my book Raw Food Fast Food on page 7.
I made a light meal out of those cucumbers super fast, here’s how:
Cucumber Dill Soup
- 3 cups water
- 2 heaping tablespoons of hemp butter
- 2 large cucumbers, peeled and diced
- 2 tablespoons of fresh or dried dill (or your favorite spice)
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons of nutritional yeast
- 2 teaspoons turmeric powder (or just cayenne like me!)
- 1 teaspoon of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves (optional, fresh or dry)
- Pepper to taste
- Reserve 1 cup of cucumbers to add to the bowls after it’s blended.
- Blend the water with the hemp butter until smooth and creamy.
- Add the cucumbers, dill, lemon juice, nutritional yeast, turmeric and sea salt and pulse a few times until moderately blended, leaving it a bit chunky and textured.
- Add reserved cucumber chunks on top
- Garnish with lots of dill and a touch of black pepper.
Not only is this soup delicious but you won’t believe the health benefits that this simple, fast, raw meal provides. Let’s break it down:
Cucumbers are now known to contain lignans, which help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease as well as several cancer types, including breast, uterine, ovarian, and prostate cancers. In addition, cucumber phytonutrients play a key role in providing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits, supporting health alongside of the conventional antioxidant nutrients–including vitamin C, beta-carotene, and manganese of which cucumbers are an important source.
Hemp butter comes from hemp seeds, which are amazing. Hemp seeds contain amongst the highest percentage of Essential Fatty Acids in the entire plant kingdom. They are also high in fiber and contain vitamins E and C. Hemp protein contains all twenty-one known amino acids, including the nine essential ones adult bodies cannot produce. If that wasn’t enough, they are also rich in chlorophyll; a powerful antioxidant.
Last but not least, nutritional yeast. This is a tasty supplement you’ll find on the ingredients line up of many of my recipes. Nutritional yeast contains 18 amino acids (forming a complete protein) and 15 minerals. It’s also an excellent source of B-vitamins including B12 and it contains the glucose tolerance factor that helps in the regulation of blood sugar.
Not sure what feels better; my taste buds or knowing what an amazing gift I just gave to my body.
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Love yourself up!