Never have I ever had a cantaloupe smoothie before. We had such a sweet, ripe cantaloupe in the house the other day and I thought I would give the mix a go! It became a cantaloupe spinach smoothie with just enough sweetness and hidden protein to boot.
This simple cantaloupe smoothie recipe makes two smooth, light smoothies. If you prefer a thick, creamy smoothie, try frozen cantaloupe and use less almond milk. You can snag a few of my other favorite smoothie recipes here and a super delicious carrot cake smoothie here.
Cantaloupe recipes seem few and far between. I love ripe cantaloupe in melon skewers or wrapped in prosciutto with some fresh basil.
If you’re not sure how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe, here are a few quick tips I have for you. A ripe cantaloupe has a sweet smell, is still quite firm (softness means it’s overripe), and the skin should be mostly beige, rather than green.
Cantaloupe benefits are endless, some highlights include the high fiber, potassium, and vitamin c. It’s also super high in beta-carotene! Beta-carotene converts into vitamin A in your body.
So now that we’ve seen some scrumptious cantaloupe recipes, learned how to tell if a cantaloupe is ripe, and read about some of the cantaloupe benefits, let’s dive into a melon comparison.
Cantaloupe vs honeydew! They are both sweet. Honeydew is green, while cantaloupe is orange. Remember those cantaloupe benefits like vitamin C and beta-carotene? Cantaloupe has more than twice the nutrition of honeydew in these categories. Overall, honeydew is slightly sweeter and firmer!
Cantaloupe vs watermelon. Again, cantaloupe kicks watermelon’s butt in vitamin C content. Interesting to note though, watermelon contains lycopene, which research says may protect your skin against UV light damage. Cool, right? Watermelon’s bright pink color and the variety of large sizes it comes in are great indicators that the texture will be quite different than cantaloupe. It’s crunchy, yet super hydrating. It’s also the sweetest of the three melons mentioned.
Okay, enough melon research, let’s dive into this delicious cantaloupe spinach smoothie recipe, shall we?
CANTALOUPE SPINACH SMOOTHIE
This cantaloupe spinach smoothie is smooth and refreshing with just enough sweetness and hidden protein to boot.
- 1 c cantaloupe, chopped
- 1 c spinach
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 scoops of collagen peptides
- 1 c almond milk
- Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth.
Use more or less almond milk, depending on desired consistency.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 254Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 96mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 5gSugar: 11gProtein: 16g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.