Watermelon Cantaloupe Smoothie

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Mar 082016
 
watermelon cantalouple smoothie

This recipe combines two favorite breakfast fruits into a single healthy and really tasty smoothie. In my opinion, this watermelon cantaloupe smoothie may be one of the most healthy around.

Everyone “knows” that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” but do you know why?

In case you’re curious, here is an excerpt from a piece by John L. Ivy, PhD University of Texas at Austin:
…Breakfast is a critical meal because it influences practically every dimension of our being during the course of the day, including how we perform physically and mentally. Breakfast immediately raises the body’s energy level and restores the blood glucose level to normal after an overnight fast. It also raises the muscle and liver glycogen stores. Carbohydrate is the preferred fuel for muscle and the nervous system (2, 3). Low carbohydrate levels result in poor performance and rapid fatigue during training and other physical activities (4, 5). Perceived exertion is also elevated when blood glucose and muscle glycogen levels are low making exercise mentally challenging (5, 6). Therefore, starting a training session with low carbohydrate availability can significantly limit the quality of one’s training session and adversely impact training adaptation. A well-designed breakfast can provide an adequate amount of carbohydrate and other essential nutrients to raise the blood glucose levels and get a morning training session going with vigor and vitality, and without being overly filling.

Second, breakfast immediately lowers the blood level of the stress hormone cortisol, which peaks during the early morning hours (7, 8). We generally think of sleep as a non-stressful period. From a psychological viewpoint this is generally true. Physiologically, however, it is quite the opposite. Even though our metabolic needs decrease significantly while we are sleeping, the body still needs to maintain critical physiological and metabolic functions required to support life as well as those which foster daily recovery, tissue repair and growth and development – key components to training adaptation. The energy to support these functions come from blood glucose, liver glycogen and free fatty acids.”

I recommend you read the whole article as it is quite good. It can be found here

Now the watermelon cantaloupe recipe!:

  • 1/2 cup ice
  • 1/4 cup chunked cantaloupe
  • 1/4 cup chunked watermelon
  • 1/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries (if you use frozen, you won’t need so much ice)
  • 1/4 cup plain yogurt
  • Blend everything in your trusty smoothie blender. This watermelon cantaloupe smoothie recipe will provide over 100% of your daily vitamin C requirement.


    Watermelon Cantaloupe Smoothie

    Feb 102013
     
    watermelon smoothie

    Do you know how to select the best watermelon for a watermelon berries smoothie? Well, neither did I until I read this from Watermelon.org:

    • Look the watermelon over: a good watermelon should be firm and symmetrical, and free from cuts, dents, or bruises
    • Lift it: A watermelon is 92% water and it should be heavy for its size
    • Turn it over: The underside of the fruit should have a creamy yellow spot where it sat on the ground and ripened

    This site is a great place for all information regarding watermelons but for our purposes we will stick to using watermelon and mixed berries in a smoothie mix!

    Its also easy to turn this watermelon berries smoothie treat into a nutrition powerhouse just by adding a tablespoon of Chia seed. Chia is a natural seed that adds a large measure of nutrition including heart healthy, cholesterol fighting omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants. Even better, unlike Flax, Chia doesn’t have a taste of its own so adding it here won’t change the delicious results.

    Mix in your smoothie blender:
    1 previously frozen banana (peel and slice the banana before freezing!)
    -3 cups of fresh watermelon chunks
    -1 cup of frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, blackberries)
    -1 Tbsp. Chia seed



    Watermelon Smoothie Recipe

    Nov 202012
     
    watermelon raspberry smoothie

    Watermelons are the summer fruit. Catagorized as both fruit and vegetable, red and juicy watermelons just define a summer treat. Now add tangy and tasty raspberries in the same mix and the resulting watermelon raspberry smoothie is a summer treat that is really hard to beat.

    While this recipe calls for ice cream (and it is hard to describe how good it is), many calorie conscious folks will probably want to exchange the ice cream for frozen yogurt. Or, even non fat Greek yogurt will work.

    With just three ingredients, this recipe is a snap to put together.


    -2 cups of chilled watermelon chunks
    -1 cup of raspberries (fresh or frozen)
    -1 cup (about 2 scoops) of Breyer’s Fat Free Creamy Vanilla ice cream.

    In your smoothie blender mix the fruit and then add the ice cream.  Pour into a chilled glass, add a big straw and enjoy!

    Watermelon Raspberry Smoothie

    Jan 092012
     
    pineapple watermelon smoothie

    Juicer recipes are often the key to a healthy weight loss diet.  But, losing body fat involves eating fewer calories to lose weight along with healthy food choices like this Pineapple Watermelon Smoothie.  For example a health snack recipes often include apples (you know the old saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away) and pineapple and watermelon.  Combined they are all low cal, so that takes care of keeping down calories, but the three fruits combined also nourish your bladder and kidney. 

    So make wise choices if you are looking for ways to loose weight quickly.  In your smoothie blender mix:

    • 1 cup of watermelon chunks
    • 1 cup of pineapple chunks or slices
    • 1 cup of apple juice (or 1/2 cup of apple juice frozen concentrate)
    • 1 tablespoon Chia seed (suggest a tablespoon with this smoothie to nourish your body during your efforts to lose weight really fast)



    Pineapple Watermelon Smoothie