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Great Cantaloupe Melon Smoothie Recipes

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By Heidi Kristoffer

Fruit is an important part of a healthy diet.  The U.S. Department of Agriculture recommends one and a half to two cups of fruit daily.

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Cantaloupe is a summer time staple.  It’s sweet, fresh and tasty.  Great as a snack or a healthy alternative to sugary desserts, they can also have some awesome health benefits:

Vitamin A

They contain beta-carotene which gives the melon its color and is a great source of vitamin A.  Good levels of vitamin A maintains healthy tissue, helps keep bones strong, improves retina health, and boosts the immune system.  Beta-carotene can help prevent asthma in some people.  Some studies also suggest that beta-carotene can help in the prevention of various cancers.

Vitamin C

They are high in ascorbic acid, or vitamin C.  This is an antioxidant, which protects your DNA from damage.  Vitamin C also helps your body maintain healthy bones and skin.  The fiber and vitamin C in cantaloupe can help decrease blood pressure, which can reduce risk of stroke.

Potassium

Potassium can be found in cantaloupes as well, which supports the metabolism.

Fiber:

The fiber in melons, combined with the moisture, helps maintain healthy digestion.

Electrolytes:

They, along with other melons, have a high water content with natural electrolytes which makes it a great snack during the hot, summer months.

Green Smoothie Recipes With Cantaloupe:

Cantaloupe Strawberry Smoothie
– 1/2 medium/large cantaloupe, rind removed
– 1 cup organic strawberries
– 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)
– 1/4 cup filtered water if needed

Cantaloupe Mixed Berry
– 1/2 medium/large cantaloupe, rind removed
– 1/2 – 1 cup organic raspberries, blueberries or blackberries.
– 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)
– 1/4 cup filtered water if needed

Cantaloupe Grape Smoothie
– 1/2 medium/large cantaloupe, rind removed
– 1 cup organic red seedless grapes
– 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)
– Do not add water to this recipe.

Cantaloupe Apple (or Pear)
– 1/2 medium/large cantaloupe, rind removed
– 1 organic apple with skin, cored
– 2 cups fresh organic baby spinach (or other leafy green)
– 1/4 cup filtered water if needed

Choosing the Right Melon:

Ripe fruit should feel heavier than you might think based on their size.  If you tap a knuckle on the melon, it should sound deep and solid, if it sounds hollow, it may not be ripe yet.  The rind will likely be cream-colored or golden.  Green or gray melons are not yet ripe.

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