Have you ever blended melon into a smoothie? It is SO good. This Melon-Vanilla smoothie is powered by cantaloupe and frozen banana and that’s all the sweetness it has in it. You really have to watch beverages to make sure that they’re not loaded with added sugars but when you make your own, you control the ingredients and can ensure they’re high in fiber and nutrients but low in all those extra added calories. Cantaloupe here adds a frothy-smooth texture to your beverage and is also packed with vitamin A, vitamin C and B-vitamins we all as antioxidants and fiber.
I like my smoothies to have a balance of carbohydrates, fat and protein so using a milk like regular milk (not skim) or soy milk will add a dimension of additional protein and fat. First thing in the morning or pre/post workout, protein helps with satiety and energy. I use a pure whey protein powder that has been micro or ultra-filtered and doesn’t have added sweeteners, color, flavor or vitamins. I alternate that type of protein with a vegan blend – consider pea, hemp, quinoa or brown rice varieties. Keep in mind that some vegan protein powders can be a little gritty due to a high fiber content so be sure to experiment with which source you enjoy the most. A drink like my melon-vanilla smoothie definitely calls for a smooth, light protein power that leaves no trace.
Whip up a melon-vanilla smoothie today and let me know if you love it!
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- Yield: 4 1x
- 1 cup unsweetened almond (soy or dairy milk)
- 1/2 frozen banana
- 1/2 cup ripe (chopped cantaloupe)
- 1 scoop protein powder if desired
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 3 ice cubes
- Blend thoroughly until frothy and serve immediately.
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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