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Fueling the Fight: Cucumber Lime Agua Frescas

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 8:34 AM

Hot summer days call for cool and refreshing drinks. Break out of the same old, same old and try a new, fun drink that has cancer-fighting benefits to it! Lisa Zoberman, Registered Dietitian at NorthShore’s Kellogg Cancer Center, shares the perfect summer drink the whole family will enjoy!


Citrus fruits – like lime – are a good source of cancer-fighting phytochemicals called flavonoids. Flavonoids may inhibit inflammation and tumor growth, as well as boost our immune system and increase production of detoxifying enzymes in the body. Cucumbers contain fiber, vitamin K and about 90% water which can help us stay well hydrated during the high heat of summer.

Cucumber Lime Agua Frescas

Recipe makes 4 servings


  • 2 cucumbers, roughly chopped
  • Juice from 4 limes
  • 1 cup fresh mint leaves
  • 1 cup water

Optional: 1-2 tbsp agave syrup or sugar to taste


  1. Add the cucumber, lime juice, ¾ cup mint leaves, water and sweetener to a blender. Blend until the ingredients are combined.
  2. Pour the blender contents over a fine-mesh strainer into a pitcher. To ensure you get all the juices and no pulp, push the pulp with a spoon over mesh, allowing the extra juices to escape.
  3. Pour over ice and use remaining ¼ cup mint leaves as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Fork Knife Swoon.