Melon is a summer staple that provides sweet refreshment along with some amazing health benefits.
Watermelon, even at 92 percent water, is loaded with vitamins A, B6, C and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium and niacin. Similarly, cantaloupe is also packed with vitamins A and C and minerals folate, magnesium and potassium.
Use these simple ideas to make the most of your melon leftovers or to create a fun twist on these summer classics:
Melon soup: Blend cantaloupe (half or whole, depending number you are serving) with a cup or two of orange juice, a little lime juice, a small amount of minced ginger and a light sprinkle of cinnamon. Chill and serve with a dollop of low-fat Greek yogurt.
Watermelon salsa: In a food processor, combine a can of black beans, a jalapeno, a small raw onion, a little cilantro and a clove of garlic. Pulse until finely chopped, then add watermelon cubes and pulse briefly. Chill, then serve with chips or grilled chicken or fish.
Melon salad: Mix watermelon chunks with cut cherry tomatoes, crumbles of feta cheese and fresh basil. Sprinkle with sunflower seeds or walnuts and a drizzle of olive oil and lime juice. Chill before serving.
Melon wrap apps: Thinly slice honeydew or cantaloupe and remove skin. Wrap each slice with cooked ham or prosciutto, holding the wrap together with a toothpick.
Cup of calories
With 90 percent of melon’s content being water, it’s a great low-calorie snack. One cup of cubes has:
Watermelon: 48 calories
Cantaloupe: 57 calories
Casaba: 50 calories
Honeydew: 65 calories