I’m always conflicted when making a green smoothie with melon.
Part of me wants to see what delicious blend I can whip up. And then another part of me just wants to grab a spoon and dive in!
Oh, yes, I LOVE melons!
There are three types of melons that you can use in this delicious Melon-Cucumber Green Smoothie Recipe:
Cantaloupes are a rich source of vitamin A (as beta-carotene) and vitamin C. They also contain good levels of B vitamins, vitamin K, copper, and potassium.
Cantaloupes are antioxidant rich and may help fight infection and protect against damage from free radicals.
While watermelons are low in most vitamins and minerals, they are a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene (which your body synthesizes into vitamin A).
Watermelons with red flesh have more lycopene than tomatoes, which is a nutrient believed to protect against prostate cancer.
Watermelons contain two interesting nutrients which are found especially abundantly in the edible rind, citrulline and arginine.
Citrulline has been shown to boost heart health, the immune system and help with weight loss and type 2 diabetes.
Arginine boosts nitric oxide in the body which helps relax blood vessels and can treat and prevent erectile dysfunction (more). Arginine also removes toxins from the body.
3) Honeydew Melon
Similar nutrition as a cantaloupe and similar texture.
Melon-Cucumber Weight Loss Green Smoothie Recipe with Mint
This green smoothie is excellent for both weight loss and cleansing. It’s also delicious! Fresh mint and sweet melon are one of my favorite combinations.
Cucumbers are a good source of vitamin C and also contain vitamin A, molybdenum, folate, manganese, silica, potassium and magnesium. Cucumbers are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
- 2 cups melon (any variety), cubed
- 6 fresh sweet mint leaves
- 1/2 cucumber with peel
- 1 fresh banana, (or make this a frozen smoothie with sliced, frozen banana)
- 2 handfuls of fresh baby spinach
- 8 ounces (118ml) unsweetened almond milk
Directions: Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Nutrition Information: Calories: 353 | Fat: 1g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 82g | Calcium: 31% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) | Iron: 6.6mg | Vitamin A: 123 RDA | Vitamin C: 196% RDA
This green smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)
What About Food Combining? Aren’t Melons Supposed To Be Eaten By Themselves?
You might have heard about so-called food combining rules that dictate that melons should be eaten alone, and not mixed with other foods.
The reasoning is that because melons digest so quickly, mixing them with other foods (including other fruits) will cause digestion problems.
The truth is that your body is able to digest different foods together in the same meal. There is no physiological mechanism that separates foods into categories within your body.
The food combining hypothesis has been thoroughly debunked by modern science.
So don’t worry about mixing melons with other fruits and greens in smoothies.
Free Moon Phase & Element Printables!
Sign up for our weekly e-mail with insights on the moon phase, an intuitive reading, and tips on working with crystals and herbs. You can also download two printable sheets to enhance your daily practice.