Healthy Ingredient of the Week – Cantaloupe

Cantaloupes always remind me of summer, and they’re really the perfect food for this time of year. They’re light, refreshing, and contain over 90% water, so they’ll help keep you hydrated on hot summer days. Although their light coloring doesn’t easily give it away, cantaloupes are actually packed with nutrition. They’re excellent sources of Vitamins A and C and good sources of potassium and fiber, and they’re lower in sugar than many other fruits. In order to find the juiciest, tastiest cantaloupe at the store, follow your nose – cantaloupes are at their peak when they give off a sweet-smelling odor.

Cantaloupe Cooler

1 ripe cantaloupe, cut into 1-inch cubes\
2 ½ cups 100% orange juice
Crushed ice

1. In blender or food processor, puree cantaloupes and ½ cup orange juice until smooth.
2. Pour puree into a pitcher and add remaining orange juice.
3. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice. Serves 8.

Recipe adapted from Fruits and Veggies – More Matters  

Cantaloupe Salad

2 cups diced cantaloupe
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 handful mint leaves, chopped, plus sprigs, for garnish
8 ounces diced prosciutto (optional)
2 tablespoons olive oil
½ teaspoon granulated sugar

1. Combine all the ingredients in a large serving bowl and garnish with mint sprigs.

 Recipe from Food Network


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