CANTALOUPE (aka MUSKMELON): A FEW GOOD REASONS TO ENJOY IT MORE + SOME GREAT WAYS TO DO SO!!


I love fresh cantaloupe, especially on those hot summer days when my body is in need of a little extra hydration!

Try incorporating these guys into your dietary routine more often; they’ll provide your body with the following important nutrients:

  • Folate

  • Fibre

  • Vitamin C

  • Potassium

  • Calcium

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Phosphorus

  • Sodium

  • Zinc

  • Copper

  • Manganese

  • Vitamin B

  • …. Among others

Important phytochemicals include:

  • alpha-carotene

  • beta-carotene (cantaloupes contain the most of all melons)

  • beta-ionone

  • pectin

  • tocopherols

  • ….among others

The nutrients and phytochemicals offered by the cantaloupe can help with the following:

  • lower cholesterol levels

  • lower blood pressure

  • protect against heart disease and cancer

  • boost the immune system

  • aid liver health

  • protect against macular degeneration

…and they also have anti-inflammatory properties

When purchasing cantaloupe choose ones with a thick and coarse surface that have a fruity aroma and a round shape. A good cantaloupe will not have a stem.

They are best stored at room temperature, after approximately 4 days store in the refrigerator (they will last approximately another 5 days). Cantaloupe that has been cut can be stored, covered in the refrigerator for approximately 3 days.

When you are ready to enjoy, wash it under cold water before cutting and remove the seeds and strings.

Cantaloupe can be enjoyed on its own, sliced atop warm or cold cereal, added to fresh plain yogurt or try this great fruit salad with cantaloupe

2-3 cups cantaloupe, cut into pieces about 1 inch square

2-3 cups honeydew, cut into pieces about 1 inch square

1 cup pineapple, cut into pieces about 1 inch square

2-3 tsps. chopped fresh dill (use more or less, depending on how much you like dill)

Mix together and enjoy!

Sending A Wish Your Way For A Well BALANCED Day

Jenny

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