Apr 30, 2014

Cantaloupe smoothie

 

It feels like the worst April ever in my city, unimaginably hot these days.  To add to my woes, I suffered a hit in an amusement park that has left me with a broken rib. I expect it should heal in two months. Added to this are children having summer vacations who keep darting in and out of home in between their endless rounds of play – more thirsty than hungry.  Finding simple recipes to hydrate the children and the rest of the family while trying to ‘bed-rest’ my broken rib is quite a juggle.

In summer, we are naturally inclined to drinking more fluids to overcome thirst, cool the body and keep us sane! I am experimenting with more smoothies, shakes, juices as tasty ideas to rehydration and energy. This Cantaloupe smoothie is the result of one such experiment. When the fruit is made into a smoothie, it is more refreshing and filling. The well ripened fruit gives the drink an amazing flavour and we do not miss the sugar at all.

Cool chilled smoothie

  • Cantaloupe or Musk Melon, as it is called in India, is more available in summer than other seasons. The melon is very rich in Vitamin A, C, Folate, Niacin,  Potassium.
  • These vitamins are important during pregnancy, so the fruit is a good choice along with others for a pregnant woman.
  • The sweet taste of the melon comes from sugars, so diabetics need to work with your nutritionist to find it’s appropriate use in your diet.
  • The fruit’s high moisture content makes it ideal for summers, for rehydration during workouts. The smoothie thus is a very good pre / post workout meal. Made even healthier with addititon of flax powder (Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids) or sabja seeds.

You Need

  1. Skim Milk – 500 ml
  2. Cantaloupe / Musk Melon – Skinned and chopped – 2 heaped cups
  3. Honey – 1 tbsp, optional
  4. Ice cubes – optional

Method

  1. Wash, skin and deseed the melon.
  2. Chop it into largish chunks and blend into a smooth puree in the mixer.
  3. Add 1/2 cup milk, blend again. Pour into a large jug, add the rest of the milk and stir to homogenise. Taste and add honey if needed.
  4. Chill for half an hour before serving. Serve with ice, if you like!

Enjoy the fruit and the smoothie!

4 comments:

Deepa Krishnan said...

Sounds refreshing!! good way to beat the summer heat. Will definitely try it.

Deepa
http://brahmarpanam.blogspot.com/

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

Love the smoothness of the smoothie. Nice to chill and cool down.

Sharmi said...

Hi Rajani,
How r u? Ya not getting time to post so just doing reviews :)

Jayanthy Kumaran said...

looks sooper cool
Tasty Appetite