If you find yourself holding onto every moment of summer, you’ll love this melon mint smoothie. First of all it’s super simple, really fresh tasting and, as long as you keep melon in your freezer, a way to sip on summer all year long.
Melons — cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon, casaba and the like — are a low-calorie fruit, with around 65 calories for a cup of melon cubes. Melon also has a fairly low glycemic load, which is not to be confused with the glycemic index. The load is what you’re looking for because that’s what makes the impact on your blood sugar response. The reason why melon is relatively high on the index yet low on the load is because it’s loaded with water, which makes it really hydrating.
Mint and melon is a bright and wonderful combo, and if you don’t have any fresh mint handy, a drop or two of mint extract will work just as well. And both blend great with plain Greek yogurt, as the tart yogurt balances the sweet and minty flavors. It also adds a lot of protein to this smoothie — often a cup of plain Greek yogurt will provide more protein than a scoop of protein powder.
Since there isn’t any real liquid base to this smoothie it can get really thick, so to thin out this smoothie, instead of water I used Bai5 in Malawi Mango. It’s a naturally-sweetened drink that I buy by the case from Amazon. It’s great to kill a sweet craving and it’s also good to splash into a fruity smoothie for a little added flavor. You also can add a splash of coconut water, green tea or fruit juice to thin it out.
If you use frozen melon you won’t need to add any ice but if you use fresh, some ice will help thicken up the smoothie.
So grab a smoothie, put on some shades and savor the waning days of summer.