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MIXED MELON MANIA SMOOTHIE

My kids are big melon fans.  For this delightfully simple, nutritious and refreshing shake, I combined watermelon and cantaloupe.  However, there are dozens of melon varieties and you could certainly use your current favourite!

I love to buy local fruit when available.  Watermelons are believed to have originated in Southern Africa, but have been grown in North America since the 1500s.  Here in Ontario, the season generally runs from July through September.

Cantaloupes have been grown in Canada since the 1980s and the Ontario season runs from mid-August to mid-September.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 2 cups melon (I like to use a combination of diced fresh cantaloupe and frozen watermelon)

  • 1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower

  • 1 cup canned organic coconut milk

  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • optional pure stevia, raw honey (nonvegan) or maple syrup to taste

If serving for a meal or more substantial snack, I recommend adding a protein boost.  Good options here include 2 Tbsp Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla protein powder or 2 Tbsp Further Food collagen peptides (nonvegan) or 4 Tbsp shelled hemp hearts or 1/2 cup Greek yogurt.