We’re still waiting on summer to arrive in the Pacific Northwest, but the summer fruit is beginning to show up in our stores and at the farmers’ markets! One of our favorite summer treats is a melon smoothie. It makes a refreshing treat after playing or working out in the heat, or works well as a light snack before dinner.
There are some that advocate eating melon separately because it digests more quickly than most food. I won’t go though all the research here, but I wanted to mention it in case you are a researcher like me. We eat it alone or with other light fruit when we can, but we’re not opposed to eating it with other food if it is more convenient.
Melons are also packed with fiber and vitamins, but are low in calories. Look for good ripe melons that sound hollow when you tap them and smell fresh and sweet. Ripe cantaloupe should also have a orange/yellow undertone, rather than a green one.
All you need is a melon and a blender. My pictures show cantaloupe, but honeydew and similar melons work well too.
If you have a high-speed blender, be sure to include all of the seeds as well. They add a creamier texture to the smoothie.
Add a cup of ice and blend until you have this…
Half of a melon makes about 1 quart of smoothie, which is enough for 2-3 people.
Let me know if you try it!