Cantaloupe Smoothie (Fail)

Hello there,

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, this week’s post should come as no surprise. I have been experimenting with this smoothie recipe since last week in an attempt to use up a not-so-sweet/flavourful cantaloupe.

What may come as a surprise though, is that this post will be my very first detailing of a recipe that I consider to be a fail. Yup. I just couldn’t make this one work. But I am posting it here, because that is the point of this blog. To share the good *and the bad*. Although this one is probably just bad in my opinion.

I should start this whole thing off by saying that I don’t actually like cantaloupe. Not at all.

But my husband loves it.

So I buy them, and he eats them, and I don’t, and everyone is quite happy.

But last week I bought one that turned out to be lackluster in every way. No flavour. No sweetness. No good.

Since my husband didn’t want to eat it, and *I* certainly didn’t want to eat it, we were now stuck with all this melon that I obviously wasn’t going to waste. So I decided to improvise and try to incorporate it into our morning smoothies.

I had enough melon for four rounds of smoothies, and it started off kinda shaky, and ended with a “meh”. Here are the four recipes detailing my experimental process:

Round One
The stars of this smoothie experiment

CANTALOUPE AND GREENS SMOOTHIE

Round One

  1. Place 12 ounces of coconut water into blender
  2. Add 2 big handfuls of red kale
  3. Add 1.5 cups of cantaloupe chunks
  4. Add 1 frozen banana
  5. Add 1 peeled lime
  6. Add filtered water up to the 38 ounce line on the Blendtec
  7. Blend!
Results: Yuck. Too watery and neither me nor my husband liked it.

Round Two
  1. Place 12 ounces of coconut water into blender
  2. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons each of ground flax meal and hemp seeds
  3. Add 2 big handfuls of red kale
  4. Add 1 cup of cantaloupe chunks
  5. Add 1 carrot
  6. Add 1 thumb size piece of ginger
  7. Add 1.5 frozen bananas
  8. Add a splash of lime juice
  9. Add filtered water up to the 34 ounce line on the Blendtec
  10. Blend!
Results: Better, but definitely not great. Still too watery.

Round Three

  1. Place 12 ounces of coconut water into blender
  2. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons each of ground flax meal, chia seeds, and hemp seeds
  3. Add 2 big handfuls of mixed greens (kale, chard, spinach)
  4. Add half a handful of alfalfa sprouts
  5. Add 1 cup of cantaloupe chunks
  6. Add 1 kiwi
  7. Add 1 frozen banana
  8. Add a splash of lime juice
  9. Add filtered water up to the 26 ounce line on the Blendtec
  10. Blend!
Results: Meh. The sprouts were not doing us ANY favours in the flavour department. The consistency was better though.
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Adding some kiwi to the mix

Round Four

  1. Place 12 ounces of coconut water into blender
  2. Add 1 or 2 tablespoons each of ground flax meal, chia seeds, and hemp seeds
  3. Add 2 big handfuls of red kale
  4. Add 1 handful of mixed greens (kale, chard, spinach)
  5. Add 1 cup of cantaloupe chunks
  6. Add 1 kiwi
  7. Add 1 frozen banana
  8. Add a splash of lime juice
  9. Add filtered water up to the 26 ounce line on the Blendtec
  10. Blend!
Results: This is good. The flavour is sorta balanced. The consistency is nice. The best version so far.
The final version
Overall, it’s still not a recipe that I enjoyed. But I made it work by the end, and at least we used up all that melon!

Have a great week!

-RawSeva

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