Cool As A Cucumber

June 30, 2011


Yesterday my friend Jenn came into the bakery and gave me 3 big cucumbers. I actually haven’t ever LOVED cucs – they make me gag sometimes. I don’t like the texture. But one thing I do love to do with them is juice!!! Then I get all the cool flavor and none of the seedy mush.


This morning – I almost didn’t – but I did. I ran 3.75 miles!! It was COLD outside!! Only in the 60s and I had a pretty good run. I did a different route than normal [= more hills] but enjoyed the scenery. At one point I almost wanted gloves! Too cool. Too cool.

Back at home, I dusted off the juicer and got out the goods:


Cucs, celery, carrot, lemon, ginger and watermelon. Great combo!!!

Cucumbers are the best food to juice because they are CHEAP and yield a lot of liquid. Check out how much just the cucs made!


And then the rest (I also love celery for this reason. Kale = not so cheap to juice for such a tiny spurt of liquid)


Rainbow sherbet (which I have and always will pronounce “sher-bert”)


I located my biggest wine glass – an extra, extra large and poured it all in. Still had some leftover!


It was a lot to drink, but it went down fast. I figured juice would be good before a massage! Although…I hope I don’t have to go to the bathroom during it!


But of course, vegetables alone do not a breakfast make. I also had a slice of Cinnamon Raisin Walnut with PB&J and some berries + mango on the side.


And before my run: Cville Cluster Granola + watermelon to get the gluclose juices flowin’!

I’m biking downtown, getting kneaded, having lunch and then headed to the bakery for the afternoon.

Have a great Thursday!

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1 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat June 30, 2011 at 8:13 am

You’re a great example for people who struggle to get their fruits and veggies in – you got more than most people just in your breakfast!


2 kate June 30, 2011 at 8:14 am

I love juicing and cucumbers are awesome because they give you so much juice, I need to add watermelon to my next juice I havent tried it before & that bread looks to die for have a great day!


3 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 30, 2011 at 8:14 am

Oh I’d love to play with a juicer! I hear the strangest combos make delicious drinks :)


4 The Healthy Hipster June 30, 2011 at 8:16 am

Cucumber & melon juice is my absolute favourite summer treat! Sometimes I even use it as as salad dressing. Nomm! :)


5 Donna @ Love, Run & Travel June 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

I’ve never tried juice like this before, definitely have to try it
Have a great massage – i always feel so relaxed afterwards :)


6 Cait @ Beyond Bananas June 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

I am a HUGE cucumber fan. I could eat them every day if I always had them on hand!


7 Aine @ Something to Chew Over June 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

I never thought of juicing a cucumber before! I bet that was really hydrating after your run :)


8 Cait's Plate June 30, 2011 at 8:18 am

Hahah – “getting kneaded.” I love that.

Have a wonderful massage, I’m so jealous!


9 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 30, 2011 at 8:21 am

“…vegetables alone do not a breakfast make” sounds like one of those things your 10-year-old self would give you a look of horror for saying. :)


10 Baking 'n' Books June 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

I need to pick up some watermelon at least once this summer!

That’s alot of vegetables! Then again, it takes out all the fiber/pulp I guess? Enjoy your massage – I want one so bad! Sounds like there’ll be a lot of kneading going on today :)


11 Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food June 30, 2011 at 8:24 am

Love all the veggies in the juice!

Oh, and I totally say and will forever say “sher-bert”! 😉


12 megan @ whatmegansmaking June 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

I agree with you on cucumbers…but only the big ones! You should try the little salad cucumbers (also called pickling cucumbers) from the grocery store. They’re crispy and crunchy and the only kind I like to eat. They don’t get big enough to get seedy and mushy. When I was little, we would grow cucumbers in the garden, and we would pick them when they were tiny, cut them, sprinkle them with salt and munch away. So good!!


13 Christie Inge June 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

Is there another way to pronounce sherbert? 😀


14 Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday June 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

I thought it was supposed to be pronounced with an ‘r’ too, like sherbert… even though it’s spelled sherbet.


15 Christie Inge June 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

Being a southern girl, I have never heard it pronounced without an “r” at the end and honestly just realized it even has an r at the end!


16 Karen June 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

Me too! I’m a midwestern girl, I pronounce it ‘bert’. Hmmm…


17 E June 30, 2011 at 9:13 am

I’m midwestern, too, & usually hear it pronounced ‘bert’, but I say it ‘bet’. 😉


18 Ella June 30, 2011 at 10:06 am

We always said it without the “r” in my house and were definitely in the minority. I liked pointing out its spelling tho to prove I was right – charming child, I know. I respect the “bert” pronunciation as long as the correct and true way/spelling is recognized 😉


19 Karen June 30, 2011 at 11:49 am

Ha…from one “charming” child to another, thank you :)


20 Rachel June 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm

There’s not an r at the end!


21 Jennifer June 30, 2011 at 8:25 am

Do you just throw all the veggies in to the juicer with the peel on? Is the juice sweet? I’ve never tried any kind of juice like that but I’ve heard it’s very good.

Enjoy being “kneaded” today. (haha)


22 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Yup – I keep the peel on. It’s only sweet if you add fruit. Mine was tart like ginger lemonade.


23 Lisa June 30, 2011 at 8:26 am

I don’t have anywhere near the level of creativity you have when it comes to your meals, I love the variety! Your breakfast looks delicious.

Enjoy the massage and the rest of your day! :)


24 Lauren @ Lawfully Wedded Wife June 30, 2011 at 8:27 am

Awesome breakfast! I would LOVE to get a juicer someday, great way to get veggies in I’m sure.


25 Ashley O. @ The Vegetable Life June 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

I always have and always will say “Sher-bert” too….. Sherbet just sounds wierd and wrong!


26 Lisa Fine June 30, 2011 at 8:32 am

That juice looks beautiful, but after a really bad allergic reaction to a carrot/celery juice years ago, I am a little bit scared of eating so many veggies at once. For most people it’s okay, but as someone who has reactions to many raw vegetables, it’s too much for my body to handle. Sigh.


27 Kassi June 30, 2011 at 8:33 am

My all time favorite juice is cucumber green apple. So good!! It is a little tart, but so refreshing.


28 Shelley June 30, 2011 at 8:34 am

Your breakfast looks sooo colourful with all that beautiful fruit! I have serious envy at the moment all your meals look so fresh and summery whereas on the other side of the world where i am it cold rainy and blah! Bring on the summer sunshine!


29 Margo @ peanut butter trees June 30, 2011 at 8:36 am

That’s so funny, I just picked up a cucumber the other day with big plans to break out my (also dusty) juicer tonight after a run! I’ve got carrots and celery leftover from making a pot of chili and was going to juice ’em all with some lemon. I agree that cukes and celery are awesome cuz they’re cheap and very liquidy. YUM!


30 Angela (Oh She Glows) June 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

I never juice kale either…I only ever get a few drops of green out. Cukes are awesome, same with grapefruit. So much juice!


31 Estela @ Weekly Bite June 30, 2011 at 8:37 am

I want some of that juice :)


32 Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg June 30, 2011 at 8:38 am

I’m the same way– but even the cucumber juice is iffy for me. There’s just something about that flavor!


33 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 8:39 am

I pronounce sherbet the same way and always will :)


34 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) June 30, 2011 at 8:40 am

I LOVE cucumbers and am loving them from my father-in-law’s garden lately! They are so refreshing! I hope you have a great day Kath!


35 Jenn June 30, 2011 at 8:45 am

please, help yourself to our garden…it’s a bit overgrown/overproducing with cucumbers, yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, snap peas, butternut squash (should be ripening soon too!)…and TONS of basil. something is eating the quinoa and my greens are nearly done.

you should see the zucchini and yellow squash i pulled from the garden yesterday upon my return from vacation! of course, the yellow squash is too hard to eat, but i think i will bake with the zucchini (hopefully, get to posting soon).

now off to vet with 3 dogs. have a good one.


36 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Maybe I can come over sometime this weekend and dig around!?


37 Jenn July 1, 2011 at 8:52 am

Sure. I’ll be at work, but just come and pick :)


38 Krissy @ Shiawase Life June 30, 2011 at 8:48 am

OMG I always pronounce ‘Sherbert’ that way, lol 😉 In fact, I was wondering why it kept telling me I was spelling it wrong until I remembered its SHERBET!!


39 Jil @ Big City, Lil' Kitchen June 30, 2011 at 8:51 am

I pronounce sherbert that way as well. Always have. :) I’m the same way with cukes. I do love how cool and crisp they are but the seeds are icky to me…yep, icky. haha Even in the “seedless” ones…I scrape out the seeds before I eat them – I do the same with tomatoes with too many seeds too actually. Texturally I just can’t do it.


40 Susan (Oliepants) June 30, 2011 at 8:52 am

We have the exact same juicer. I have to agree – I love juicing cucumbers. Lemon or lime is always an addition to ours to give it a nice tang! :)


41 Julie H. June 30, 2011 at 8:54 am

I’ve never juiced before. I imagine it would leave me hungry…. Looks interesting though! and no, not in a bad way!


42 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes June 30, 2011 at 8:57 am

I would love to try juicing one day! Its such an easy way to get all those veggie servings for your day. I love that plate…and pronounce “sherbert” the same way too :)


43 Kristina June 30, 2011 at 8:59 am

Oh dear…gloves in the 60’s??!? You need to come out to Minneapolis for some quality winter running…then you’ll know what it means to *really* need gloves! Not that I’m judging, I moved to CA for a year and after about 6 months I became a total wuss and thought I needed a winter coat when the temps hit 50…


44 The Teenage Taste June 30, 2011 at 9:04 am

I’ve always wanted to try juicing. Juice sounds like a great way to get a bunch of nutrients in one small glass. YUM!


45 Evan June 30, 2011 at 9:06 am

What a rainbow of a breakfast!

Watermelon + cucumber + ginger are my favorite things to juice together. So good for you, SO tasty!

Enjoy your massage – I bet after working in a bakery day after day, it’s very needed (kneaded?). :)


46 Julia H. (The Petite Spiel) June 30, 2011 at 9:11 am

That’s it. I need to buy some colorful plates for my family’s house. Everything you eat looks even more beautiful than it already does because you have such colorful kitchenware! JEALOUS RIGHT HERE :)

Hope your massage goes well…I sure could use one myself!


47 Khushboo June 30, 2011 at 9:16 am

That juice looks so refreshing especially after a run! I need to restart my juicing habits!


48 rumfunandsun June 30, 2011 at 9:17 am

My blender broke so I can’t even have smoothies right now. I refuse to buy one before we move in 9 days!

That plate is cute where did you get it?


49 lynn @ the actor's diet June 30, 2011 at 9:24 am

i don’t know if i love cukes. i think i don’t have strong feelings one way or another about them!


50 kathleen June 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

hi kath!

another veggie that is relatively cheap and makes A LOT of juice is romaine lettuce. i throw a whole head into my morning veggie juices. so much volume and so much nutrition!


51 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio June 30, 2011 at 9:39 am

Enjoy your massage.

Do you enjoy having a juicer? I don’t know how much I’d use it, but I’ve always wanted one.


52 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm

I do enjoy having one, but I”m not sure I’d buy another if it broke.

If the vita-mix or garmin broke, I’d buy replacements!


53 Sonya June 30, 2011 at 9:44 am

I know what you mean about the seedy cucumbers. Those were the only ones I ate until I started buying the english cucumbers. They are sold plastic wrappers. No need to peel. They are crunchy and taste better without the seediness.


54 Maria @ Beautiful Busy Bee June 30, 2011 at 9:47 am

I’m jealous of you!! It was 80 and humid this morning when I went running. Awful!! And it’s like that every single day. I also pronounce sherbet that way. :) Your plate is really pretty!


55 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 30, 2011 at 9:49 am

I hate cucumbers and celery, so juicing would be the only way I could tolerate them if I drank it fast :)


56 jennifer June 30, 2011 at 9:57 am

I pronounce the nonexistent “R” in sherbet too! So funny!

A long while back, you posted about the cute prints that you have in your kitchen, and seeing them in this post reminded me. Do you have that link offhand? I’d love one or two (or three??) in my kitchen!


57 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

They are by Victory Garden and were from OpenSky


58 jennifer June 30, 2011 at 1:59 pm

Lovely! Thank you so much!


59 Nikita June 30, 2011 at 10:03 am

Thats funny- just yesterday I purchased watermelon and cucumber with the idea of making slushy drink… I don’t have a juicer so I have to stick with fruits and veggies I can blend! Enjoy your massage!


60 Liz @ Tip Top Shape June 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

That juice sounds great. I just recently got into veggie juices and was surprised by how much I enjoyed them.


61 Ashley June 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

Love all of the colors on your breakfast plate! Have fun being kneaded…that sounds lovely!


62 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 30, 2011 at 10:21 am

I really want to get a juicer!! I’ve got a blender which I use daily and couldn’t live without, but I want to get into juicing and make creations like yours! I hope you have a wonderful run this morning. And have fun getting kneaded! 😉


63 Hillary June 30, 2011 at 10:27 am

“Getting kneaded”—how appropriate! ; )


64 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) June 30, 2011 at 10:29 am

Love that juice! Looks so good!

Enjoy your massage!


65 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles June 30, 2011 at 10:31 am

My cucumber starts seem to be lagging this year. Hopefully they will take off once it heats up later this week. I did notice the celery in the garden is ready for juicing though. Do you peel your lemon before you put in the juicer, or do you throw it in pulp and all?


66 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm

I don’t even know how to peel a lemon….so no :)


67 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife June 30, 2011 at 10:43 am

ooooh enjoy the massage!!


68 Paula June 30, 2011 at 10:53 am

Hahaha! I’ve always pronounced it “sher-bert” too.

I’m with ya on that type of cucumber, much better for juicing. Have you ever had Persian cucumbers? I’ve also seen them called snacking cucumbers – no seedy pulpy mush – the texture and flavor are great.

A massage sounds divine! Make sure you drink lots of water after :)


69 kaila @ healthy helper! June 30, 2011 at 10:55 am

Those berries look delicious! I have got to pick some up this week!


70 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 30, 2011 at 11:08 am

With the colourful plate and berries, your breakfast looks so psychedelic! 😛


71 Christin June 30, 2011 at 11:09 am

what a gorgeous and summery breakfast!! I love veggie juices and fresh berries in the morning when it’s warmer out…delish! :)


72 Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

The juice looks so delish. I really want to get a juicer. . . but I have no idea where to put it in my tiny apartment kitchen. Is the cinnamon raisin bread the one you make at GH?


73 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

Of course! Do you think I’d be buying grocery store breads with all the bread we have at the store!? :mrgreen:


74 Sonia (the Mexigarian) June 30, 2011 at 4:34 pm

Lol. Of course.

By any chance do you have a series of posts on how you came to the decision of opening the bakery? I’m new to your blog, which I am enjoying btw, and am curious to see how your bakery came to be. :) Thanks!


75 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Yeah, if you click the tag cloud “greatharvest” or on the bottom – the “Precious Posts” one with me kneading dough – that will take you to all of the GH posts :)


76 Sam June 30, 2011 at 11:11 am

Hi, Can you tell me the site that you use when you do a link to a song? thanks!


77 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm


78 Sam June 30, 2011 at 9:41 pm

Thats it, yes! Thanks


79 Namaste Gurl June 30, 2011 at 11:21 am

I haven’t juiced in the longest time– never have the supplies on hand! Thanks for reminding me to do so:)


80 Brittany June 30, 2011 at 11:37 am

Cukes are my favorite food and I will tell anyone who listens. They’re the epitome of refreshing and I always crave them late at night when I’m “thirsty”. I don’t know what I would do without them in my life. I often sing to my cucumbers because they make me so elated. Usually it goes something like: I love cucumbers, cucumbers are great, yum yum yum yum yum yum yay. Just an example. Hahaha.


81 Lauren June 30, 2011 at 11:47 am

you know, I don’t love cukes either. I always buy and eat them but I never really love them. I think I should try it in the juice form.


82 Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope June 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm

I’m with you on the pronunciation… no matter how many teachers have told me it’s wrong, I will always say it as “sherbert.” Love all the colors in that juice! Enjoy your Thursday! :)


83 Marissa June 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Blech, never been a fan of juice. Even fruit juice. I’d rather just eat the real thing! But good for you for running; I almost blew off my workout this morning, too. But then I just remembered how exercising is such a gift that I should always be grateful I’m able to do it. And besides, I felt so good once I was doing it!


84 Steph @ Beyond Organic For Life June 30, 2011 at 12:21 pm

Wow! I have to admit…I’m not the biggest fan of juicing. I’m trying to get better, though. I really want it for my kids. I think I’m going to have to scour the web for some kid friendly juice recipes. Anyway, I wanted to post my blog on here (hope you don’t mind…I’m new to this so I’m not sure of the ‘etiquette’) Thanks!


85 Christine (The Raw Project) June 30, 2011 at 12:25 pm

Great juice and lovely vibrant color on it. I have a similar juicer that I rarely use because of time and I hate wasting the pulp. But worth it when I want to make juice pulp crackers or carrot cake – yum!


86 Lee June 30, 2011 at 12:36 pm

I say sherbert too.

What do you do with the pulp?


87 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm



88 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

[I’ve tried making a few things with it – kinda like adding cardboard to a baked good!]


89 Ellie@fitforthesoul June 30, 2011 at 1:14 pm

ahhh I love juicing Kath!! I can tell that’s a delicious combo!! And it’s full of anti-inflammatory qualities which is very important for the mornings~oOOo I sounded nerdy for a sec 😀 hehe have a blessed day full of chillaaaxxin’


90 Rebecca @ How the Cookies Crumble June 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm

I love cucumbers. Especially cucumbers fresh from the garden. So summery and light!


91 Angel7 June 30, 2011 at 3:50 pm

What a healthy combination of veggies to juice! Great way to start the day–a breakfast of champions!


92 Mary Lou Baker June 30, 2011 at 4:38 pm

I’ve always said “sherbert” too, and I’m an English teacher. How embarrassing! I’m glad you pointed this out, but I don’t know if I can change at this point!!


93 Abby White@Eat, Drink and Be Aware June 30, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Good Morning Kath!

That juice looks so refreshing and I have that exact same flower plate. So cute! Great way to start the day.


94 Hannah June 30, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Love how colourful your eats always are :)


95 Amykinz June 30, 2011 at 6:57 pm

Do you think that veggie juice would also work as a smoothie? If I just put all the ingredients in a blender with some ice?


96 KathEats June 30, 2011 at 8:23 pm

I personally would not do that. I think all the fiber would just make it taste like a gross vegetable. A GREENS smoothie, yes, but not a whole veggie one.


97 Claire June 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Rheb’s, a candy maker in Baltimore makes a mixed chocolate and vanilla buttercream Easter egg which for some odd reason, they call “Sherbert” [It actually says” Sherbert ” on the label!]


98 Liz @ Something To Chew On June 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

This post reallllly makes me want to go buy a juicer :)

I also say sher-bert. I refuse to change!


99 amyjogo June 30, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Try Persian cucumbers. Also called snacking cucumbers, salad cucumbers or pickling cuucmbers. They are the small, very tender even with the skin, and are just so good. And if you really want a refreshing lunch, try slicing a persian cuke, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper, add some good feta crumbles and stuff into a pita. It is amazing. And makes such a refreshing lunch. We have had triple digit temps for the last four weeks – cooler the lunch, the better.


100 Catherine@happinessafterheartache June 30, 2011 at 8:45 pm

This breakfast looks delicious, as usual. I’m looking for new breakfast ideas, so I’m writing mango and berries and Cinnamon Raisin bread down on my grocery list.


101 Chetney (Czesia's Adventures) June 30, 2011 at 9:56 pm

I’m 22 years old and had no idea that Sherbert was not pronounced Sherbert, nor even spelled that way! My life is now changed! Sherbet….sounds weird!


102 Sportsgirl July 1, 2011 at 6:03 am

The perfect breakfast!


103 anna February 1, 2012 at 9:47 pm

Thank you for this recipe! I’m on a cleanse and had watermelon that i wanted to juice…I added kiwi to it b/c i wanted a little sweetness. It’s DELISH!


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