Made with juicy, refreshing cantaloupe, banana, and freshly squeezed orange juice, this naturally sweet smoothie is perfect for summer. Not only is it an energizing and filling breakfast, but it also makes for a great afternoon snack, especially during a cleanse. You can have this smoothie ready in just five minutes and you can double, triple, or quadruple the recipe if more people express interest in it.
Melon mania is in full effect, given that summer is melon season. It may not seem like melons have a season to most people because cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon are available year round. They are freshest during summer, though, so get your hands on the freshest cantaloupe while you still can. Cantaloupe has a high water content (about 90%), which helps to increase your hydration efforts. It is also a great source of vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, protein, fiber, and antioxidants. Some studies found that cantaloupe helps to support eye health because it contains beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.
Because cantaloupe is so juicy, you don’t need a lot of liquid in this smoothie. You do need to add some freshly squeezed orange juice, but only one-quarter cup. This brings a little acidity to the party, but not so much so that it overpowers the cantaloupe and banana. Remember to peel, slice, and freeze the banana overnight. This will make the blending process easy, especially if your blender isn’t high-speed or can’t handle large chunks of frozen fruit.
- Prep Time:5m
- Total Time:5m
- 1 c cantaloupe, peeled and cubed
- 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen overnight
- 1/4 c freshly squeezed orange juice
- Add all of the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a large cup and enjoy.