Cantaloupe Smoothie: Creamy or Frosty or Both?!

How to make a cantaloupe smoothie. Would you believe, just take a ripe cantaloupe and toss it in the blender? It’s that easy and unbelievably creamy for 100% fruit.

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Cantaloupe Smoothie
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Friday I sniffed it
in the grocery store,
turned it
in my hands, looking

for bruises

in the rough, webbed rind.

My mother's voice—the one

I carry always in my head—pronounced it fine. Ripe,

but not too soft.
- excerpt from “Cantaloupe”
by poet Lee Robinson
via Writer's Almanac

PUBLIC SERVICE MESSAGE:

ALWAYS WASH YOUR FRUITS and VEGETABLES!

Always, always wash the exterior of melons, other fruits, vegetables and all fresh produce, even if the skin won’t be eaten.

Why? Because if “something icky” is on the skin:

It can get onto your hands as you handle the produce
It can transfer to the cutting board as you prep it for cutting
It can be transported into the produce’s edible interior by the knife while cutting into its inedible exterior

And then you'll end up eating that something icky. ICK.

So. Wash your produce, okay?

This PSA is inspired by Cait, a long-time follower of Kitchen Parade, who reminds me again and again to always always ALWAYS wash fresh fruits and vegetables! Thanks, Cait, for making a difference!

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CREAMY CANTALOUPE SMOOTHIE

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 5 minutes
Makes about 4 cups
  • 1 ripe cantaloupe, either chilled or at room temperature, washed well before cutting

Cut off the melon skin with a knife in wide swaths, then cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh into large chunks. In a blender, blend til smooth. Serve and savor!

NUTRITION ESTIMATE (How many calories in a Cantaloupe Smoothie? How many Weight Watchers points in a Cantaloupe Smoothie?) Per Cup: 69 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 32mg Sodium; 17g Carb; 2g Fiber; 16g Sugar; 2g Protein; Weight Watchers 2 points

FROSTY CANTALOUPE SMOOTHIE

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to table: 4 hours
Makes about 4 cups
  • 1 ripe cantaloupe, washed well, peeled and cut into large cubes

Cut off the melon skin with a knife in wide swaths, then cut the melon in half and scoop out the seeds. Cut the flesh into large chunks and freeze the melon pieces for 3 to 4 hours or even a few days. About a half hour before serving (see TIPS), bring out to thaw at room temperature. In a blender, blend til smooth and frosty. Serve and savor!

ALANNA’s TIPS Both these smoothies are unbelievably creamy despite being 100% fruit. The melon flavor is most prevalent when the fruit is blended at room temperature but the cold and frosty versions are especially refreshing on hot-hot summer days. The hard-frozen chunks of melon are too much for a home blender; once they thaw a bit, the smoothie is still plenty frosty but doesn’t burn out the blender motor.


What's Your Favorite Smoothie?

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More Recipes for Ripe & Luscious Cantaloupe

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Try a cantaloupe, banana and Ocean Spray cranapple juce smoothie, this is heaven to taste. My family could not get enough of the blend. It is wonderful to serve for guest or any celebrated gathering. Just be sure to make enough to go go around.
 

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