Cantaloupe Smoothie

I love melons. Chilled chunks of cantaloupe and watermelon, combined in a big bowl, or served individually, makes a satisfying summer meal. I’ve already experienced adding watermelon to juices and smoothies. Watermelon/mint is a great combo for a refreshing smoothie.

I had not tried creating a smoothie from cantaloupe…until today.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Anthony William posted an easy smoothie recipe a few days ago, calling it Cinnamon & Vanilla Cantaloupe Smoothie. It looked wonderful and I was excited to try it.

Last night my daughter Adriel and son-in-law Nate gave Greg and me a HUGE cantaloupe, the biggest one I’ve ever seen. It was perfectly ripe and its sweet scent filled the house. I knew what I would be creating for Try This Tuesday!

Cantaloupe Smoothie by Anthony William

1 cantaloupe, roughly chopped (or half a HUGE cantaloupe)

1 cup of ice

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon alcohol free vanilla

1 – 2 tablespoons of raw organic honey, if cantaloupe isn’t very sweet.

Combine all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth and creamy.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

This yummy smoothie not only packs the flavor, it delivers health benefits as well.

Cinnamon has the highest antioxidant level among all foods. Cinnamon helps to ease nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, indigestion and arthritis. It lowers cholesterol and regulates blood sugar.

Vanilla has a calming effect on the nervous system and reduces anxiety and stress. The aroma of vanilla has been shown to induce feelings of happiness and relaxation. The active ingredient in vanilla…vanillin…soothes an upset stomach, aids digestion and eases headaches.

And cantaloupe is high in vitamin C, which is important for supporting the immune system and fighting bacterial and viral infections. This melon relieves nervousness and calms anxieties. It keeps the heartbeat normal and regulated when under stress, while keeping muscles relaxed and free from cramps and hypertension. Cantaloupe helps to remove excess sodium from the body, reducing water retention and bloating. (Info from Anthony William.)

I enjoyed sipping on this frosty, delicious smoothie this afternoon as the sky darkened and thunderstorms rolled through the area. The cinnamon and hint of vanilla turned the drink into a special treat that reminded me a bit of pumpkin pie…healthy pumpkin pie!

And…I have half of the cantaloupe left over, chilling in the fridge, to be enjoyed later.

Cantaloupe Smoothie

Melons

One of the things I love about this season of the year is the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables. At the top of my list, of favorite foods to enjoy while they are plentiful, are melons. I keep watermelon and cantaloupe cut up and ready to eat in the fridge.

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I was happy to discover that there’s a reason I crave these fruits…they are crucial to the healing process. Anthony shares, in Life Changing Foods, that all melons…watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, crenshaw, canary, Santa Claus, galia, charentais and casaba…are beneficial, especially when someone is struggling with health issues.

Melon flesh is so assimilable that our digestive system barely needs to process it before it enters the body. The fructose in melons leaves the stomach in less than a minute, then the rest of the fruit drops into the intestinal tract where it immediately fortifies and replenishes the body.

Melons

The highly active water in melons, full of enzymes and coenzymes, binds with poisons of all kinds, including molds, mycotoxins, viral neurotoxins, undigested protein toxins, ammonia gas, and bacterial toxins, and flushes them out of the body so that the immune system can restore itself.

The high electrolyte content in melons helps to protect the brain and the nervous system from stress related strokes, aneurysms and embolisms. Melons help to thin the blood, lowering the risks of heart attack and heart disease. They can reduce liver and kidney diseases as well.

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In addition, melons are one of the most hydrating foods available, and also one of the most alkalizing. The body’s detoxification process is heightened when eating melons, driving out traces of DDT, other pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals from deep within organs.

And because they are high in silica, melons are excellent for restoring ligaments, joints, bones, teeth, tendons and connective tissue. These fruits are also powerful glucose balancers, working to prevent insulin resistance and lower elevated A1C levels.

Melons

No wonder I am so drawn to melons! They are incredibly good for me and combat many conditions, ease many symptoms. Basically, melons are a tonic for whatever ails me!

I purchase watermelons and cantaloupes from the grocery store and the farmer’s market every week, and last year attempted to grow my own. I think I harvested a couple of cantaloupes and three watermelons, making purchasing them a better option for me!

However, I have one volunteer watermelon vine growing in the same spot as last year. It makes me think of my grandfather, Pop, who always told his grandkids, “Don’t swallow the watermelon seeds. You will grow watermelons in your belly.” I believed him for years, and spit seeds into his flowerbed every summer, creating lots of volunteer watermelon plants. I’ll take good care of this lone melon plant.

Chunks of cold watermelon are one of my favorite summertime snacks. When I add cantaloupe, papaya, strawberries and blueberries I have a gorgeous and satisfying meal that immediately refreshes and restores my body.

I am grateful for the healing benefits of melons.

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