Do Monday’s stress you out? Chill out with cucumber basil soup. Cucumbers contain multiple B vitamins, including vitamins B1, B5 and B7, which are known to ease feelings of anxiety and stress. Given that cucumbers are 95% water, they can help you stay hydrated and eliminate toxins in the body. This is one of the first recipes I cover in our Intro to Raw Class, primarily because it’s so simple to make but it’s also really delicious. The cashews in the recipe gives the soup a creamy texture and while it is 100% raw, it has a pinch of cayenne pepper which has the effect of warming the body when consumed. I peel the cucumbers to make the soup taste less bitter but whenever using cucumbers in salads or other recipes, I try to leave the skin on because the skin is packed with vitamin C (approx. 10% of your daily-recommended dose). This recipe serves four and should be consumed within a few days.