I chose cantaloupe as todays nutrition gem because I had one a few days ago and it. was. de-lic-ious. Not that I didn’t already know that but they are now in season and they are juicy and refreshing!
Besides being absolutely delicious, cantaloupes are, of course, good for a few other reasons: Think weight management, lower blood pressure and potassium/vitamin A powerhouse.
Cantaloupe a high volume food. This means that it is a food with high volume and low calories (a lot of water and fiber). Fabulous for anybody trying to lose or manage weight because the food will fill you up and be good for you, while not sky rocketing your calorie count. An entire large melon has about 275 calories and 90% of it is water.
It is rich in potassium and vitamin A, which makes it a key component for keeping healthy blood pressure, and supporting your vision and immune system. One cup of cantaloupe has a whopping 427 mg of potassium, and 3,000 mcg of beta-carotene, a carotenoid which your body converts into vitamin A. In addition to being a great antioxidant, beta carotene (vitamin A) protects against cellular damage, which means that it has the power to fight some forms of cancer and also plays a role in protecting against heart disease; Cancer and heart disease being two of the top killers in our country.
It makes great juice and is super easy to blend. Try blending it with watermelon and then finishing with sparkling water, a splash of fresh lemon and a hint of grated or juiced ginger. Perfect summer cooler! And SUPER healthy. (Just read that recipe in a book I have). I’m going to make a batch soon. I will probably add mint. YUM.
I love to eat cantaloupe just as it is. If I want to sweeten it, I’ll drizzle a little raw honey over it. Yummy with a little shake of cinnamon too. It’s great for the summertime because of it’s water content; stellar for keeping hydrated! Hydration equals delicious, dewey, shiny skin. Who doesn’t want that?! And because it’s high volume, low caloric content, it is going to be great for keeping in shape, so you can show off your hot summer bod! Delicious dewey skin…Hot summer bod… Yes, please!
You are what you eat.
Nicole Schutz. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Over and out.