A few weeks ago I was at the grocery store, and the checkout girl asked if I had a rabbit when she she rang up four cucumbers and two bunches of celery for me. She couldn't believe it when I told her I make my own cucumber water. She said the gym she goes to offers it after workouts, but she had never heard of anyone making their own. When I told her how easy it is, she tried it, and now she tells me that her fridge is always stocked with it.

This water is super easy to make, and you can change up the ingredients. Sometimes I add a yellow bell pepper to the mix, sometimes I make a half-tea, half-cucumber water combo. I've even steamed carrots and added them to the mix along with the water the carrots steamed over. You can run the water through a strainer if you don't like a pulpy drink, but you should keep it in because the fiber is good for you.

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    You Need a Cucumber.

    This is an English cucumber. It has fewer seeds than a regular cucumber and makes you, well, less gassy! I use a whole one in this recipe, but you can start with a half or a quarter and add more if you want.

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    Add some celery.

    I usually add four to five stalks.  These don't have the leaves on them, but if they do, keep them on.  They're all going to get blended anyway.

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    Cut up your veggies.

    Cut the celery and cucumbers into smaller pieces.  Don't worry about the size, just make sure they're smaller so they blend easily.  Add some lime juice and about 3 cups of water, and blend. It's easier if you take out the clear center cap from the lid of the blender, but cover the hole with a towel to keep from painting your kitchen green!  Keep blending.  Still need to blend.  This will take about 5 minutes and drive your neighbors and everyone in the house crazy.  It's worth it.

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    Ta Da! You have cucumber water.

    At this point, you need to add water.  I usually add 2 parts water to 1 part cucumber/celery mash.  Chill and enjoy!