Happy Friday! I really believe things happen for a reason like this Citrus Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie.
Last weekend I bought a cantaloupe at the market. Stunner! I know. I hadn’t bought any melons this summer though because they were never ripe. For a girl who always eats cantaloupe or berries with her morning breakfast, imagine my excitement when I finally found a melon to bring home so I could get out of the bluebs.
I had a half eaten container of strawberries at home and planned to keep my melon in the fridge a few days before cutting it up and prepping it for the week. My rule is usually to wash, cut & prep all produce when I get home from the market. Otherwise it’s a rare chance it will happen. After a few days passed, I cut the melon & to my horror it had nearly over ripened.
So much for breakfast for the week. I wasn’t about to waste a perfectly good ripe melon much less one I’d been waiting all summer for. What to do? What to do? Make a smoothie of course!
My Mom got me into making smoothies when I was visiting her in Wisconsin in July. Since then I’ve been so obsessed with juicing, I almost forgot about the smoothies I’d been wanting to make. Lucky for me I had plenty of produce aka orange and greenage stocked in the fridge to give me options for a melon quickie fix.
The star ingredient was the mint. I wasn’t expecting the mint to compliment the citrus and cantaloupe, but it did in a big way. Honestly, the mint was more of “hey I have mint, it’s gonna go bad so let’s toss it in and see how this goes.” That spontaneous mint surely was sealed the deal. It gives the flavor an extra unexpected something. This smoothie is sweet and sour. It’s a serious thirst quencher, packed with all the vitamins. Thank goodness my melon over ripened otherwise I never would have made this beauty. Hope you enjoy!
- 2 cups cut cantaloupe
- 1 cup orange juice, no sugar added (I use Evolution)
- ½ orange, frozen 10 minutes
- juice of 2 lemon wedges
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 5 mint leaves
- 2 large handfuls of ice
- Place all ingredients into a food processor
- Blend until smooth
- Serve immediately & enjoy
1 serving is 137 calories
How do you avoid wasting produce? What’s your favorite melon? What’s the most spontaneous thing you’ve put in a recipe that worked out?
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