Get your beta-carotene on with this refreshing melon smoothie! Beta-carotene is an important antioxidant that helps our body produce vitamin A, which we all desperately need. Vitamin A is beneficial for vision health and our immune system.
Cantaloupe is great source of vitamin A (and vitamin C). I love blending this beautiful melon in a smoothie because of it’s high water content and natural sweetness. You don’t have to add a lot of water or additional sweetener.
Cantaloupe pairs well with a mild tasting vegetable like spinach. Spinach will give you a boost of calcium without making your smoothie taste like a vegetable. I promise you won’t taste the spinach at all!
Now go try this recipe today!
Here’s a quick safety tip regarding slicing a cantaloupe.
To eliminate the risk of bacterial contamination which usually occurs on the rind, wash the cantaloupe first. Just simply run the whole thing under cool water and use a bristle brush to scrub it with a bit of soap. This rinsing process will help remove bacterial contamination.
- ½ cup water
- 1 cup spinach
- ¼ cup melon, chopped
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 nectarine or peach
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1 teaspoon Spirulina powder (optional)
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- Blend all the ingredients in a high powered blender until you get a smooth consistency.
- Add ice if you prefer a colder drink.
For more beautifying green smoothies, try the Banana Blueberry Milkshake. It really does taste like a milkshake!