Melon Season is Here!

Nothing says the start of summer like the piles of round sweet melons  in supermarkets and farm stand tables.  Melons, including honeydew, watermelon, persian and casaba, are low calorie, affordable and offer a range of vitamins and minerals.

Waterrmelon is mostly water but its red flesh is a great source of   cancer fighting lycopene.  Cantaloupe  is the nutritional  rock star of the melon world.  The sweet rich orange  flesh is packed with  beta carotene, potassium, vitamin A ( 80% of RDA) and vitamin C ( 60% of RDA).  Since  both of these vitamins are closely linked  to  smoother less  wrinkled skin,  cantaloupes   should be part of  beauty diet.

In recent years there have been outbreaks of illness linked to cantoloupe contaminated during storage.  To reduce problems buy whole rather than cut-up melons and rinse throughly before cutting into them.  Most melons including cantaloupe  clocks in at about 30 calories /half cup and less than 8  grams of carbohydrate.  Nice.

What sets melons apart from other fruits is that they are usually served in thir natural state without the addition of  sugar and cream or butter.  Unlike apples, berries or apples that are baked into pies and cakes, melons are used au natural  for shakes  and snacks.   That being said one of my favorite summertime recipes is cold cantaloupe soup.  I first had this at the Ritz Carlton in Naples Florida and I  liked  it so much  I had it again every day  of that trip.   This recipe deliver a payload of calcium, protein and protein  as well the antioxidants in coconut  milk.

Cantaloupe Coconut Soup

Ingredients:  1/2 ripe cantaloupe, peeled and cut into 2  inch pieces, 1  15 oz can of lite  coconut milk, 1/2 cup  plain Greek yogurt, 2 teaspoons of brown sugar or 2 packs of Equal, fresh  mint sprigs

Directions: Drop cubes of peeled, seeded cantaloupe into food processor and blend until  almost smooth; add coconut milk,  yogurt and sweetener of choice  and process briefly to blend. Pour into little cups and top with a few fresh mint leaves.

I love to serve this makes as a cold soup with  tea sandwiches for a real girly lunch.  It also makes a wonderful  gender-free breakfast smoothie.

4 thoughts on “Melon Season is Here!

  1. Totally refreshed! Even tho I am a man but I am going to try the recipe. Who doesn’t want to refuel their bodies with all the timey good natural produces!!!!!

  2. Totally refreshed! Even tho I am a young man but im gonna try the recipe! Who doesn’t want to refuel their bodies with all the most seasony fresh naturally good produces!!!!!!

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