This blog was written by University of Utah student and Harmons dietitetic intern Sharee Thompson.
Cantaloupe is peak of season right now and an absolutely perfect snack for these super-hot summer days.
Did you know?
Cantaloupe is the most popular type of melon in the USA? This probably comes as no surprise. Not only is it a delicious and refreshing fruit, but it also provides a wide range of nutrients which have been shown to be beneficial to our overall health.
What are the health benefits?
Cantaloupe contains two protective phytonutrients, carotenoids and cucurbitacins, which are linked with the prevention of diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disorders.
Just one cup of cantaloupe contains 54 calories, over 120 percent of your daily needs for vitamin A, which promotes healthy vision and skin, boosts immunity, and reduces inflammation. In addition, cantaloupe contains 108 percent of daily needs for vitamin C, which is necessary for the growth and repair of all body tissues, 1.5 grams of fiber and is a great source of potassium.
How do I pick a ripe one?
Smell it. If it’s ripe, it should have a sweet smell.
It should feel heavy for its size.
It has a rind that resembles raised netting & a stem end that yields slightly when pressed in with your thumb.
For a fun and creative summer treat that both adults and kids can enjoy, try these nutritious cantaloupe yogurt popsicles.
In your blender, puree 4 cups of cantaloupe chunks until smooth.
Mix 1 cup Greek yogurt, 1 tbsp honey, and 1 tsp vanilla together.
Layer cantaloupe puree and yogurt in your popsicle maker, add sticks, and freeze for 3 hours. Enjoy.
We’re so lucky here at Harmons to have our local grower, Stirling Farms, provide such mouthwatering cantaloupe. Get yours today.