Wake Me Up: Cantaloupe Strawberry Smoothie

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The internet can be a wealth of knowledge if you want to make a smoothie.  I have always been a milkshake girl.  Aside from cookie dough this is probably one of my top weaknesses.  I have never argued with replacing a meal with the thick cool richness of a milkshake.  When I want to be healthier I have a smoothie.

Years ago I started making smoothies and they typically consisted of the more mainstream combinations – yogurt, banana, and a frozen fruit, most likely of the berry variety.  But when I caved and got my vitamix, I was determined to get my money out of it.  I would glance through the refrigerator at the fruits and vegetables on hand and enter a couple into my google search.  See what people have posted and get ideas on what to make.  Sometimes the results were spot on, others I made notes on what to add and what to alter.  Unfortunately for me having not been a person who measures or follows recipes it continues to be a game of trail and error.  Luckily it works most of the time.

Recently I purchased a cantaloupe, and this year it has either been my bad luck or the melons just have not been the greatest.  We have eaten some cut up, but then they seem to sit becoming lost in the refrigerator and on the verge of slimy.  Cantaloupe is not something I would typically put into a smoothie, but I was pleasantly surprised with the result.  It was a definite win since it would have most likely been tossed otherwise.

The taste of cantaloupe though is refreshing and light so it blends well and provides a nice start to the day.DSC_9938DSC_9939

Wake Me Up

1 oz Almond Milk

1 banana

3/4 cup cantaloupe

5-6 strawberries

Blend the above together and enjoy one 8 ounce smoothie.

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Spinach & Cantaloupe Smoothie

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In continuing with my Smoothie week, I made one a couple weeks back that though not exactly picture worthy, the flavor and nutritional value were high.

Again the luck of not getting the best cantaloupe struck again.  The first day it was delicious, but as much as I enjoy cantaloupe this family of three cannot eat an entire melon in 24-36 hours.  Unfortunately the ripeness of this melon was great at first taste and when I decided to slice it and store it, but as it sat for two days it started to become more ripe and mushy.  As much as I enjoy melon I am a bit particular as to they need to have some texture to them if I am going to simply eat and enjoy.

I had my taste buds set on making a green smoothie that morning as I had some fresh baby spinach and I had not had one in awhile.  So as I do so often I simply started adding ingredients to my Vitamix container.

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Spinach Cantaloupe Smoothie

3/4 cup Milk of choice

1 Tbsp. Greek Yogurt

1 banana

1 cup spinach

1 c. Frozen Pineapple

1/2 -3/4 c.. Cantaloupe

Blend to a smooth and enjoy.

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