Melon is a yearlong herb. It belongs to the Cucurbitacae family, same as watermelon, pumpkin and cucumber.
I’m always conflicted when making a cantaloupe green smoothie. Part of me wants to see what delicious blend I can whip up. And then another part of me just wants to grab a spoon and dive in! Oh, yes, I LOVE cantaloupe!
Cantaloupes are the most popular melon the United States, mainly due to its sweet flavor.
The cantaloupe is grown in California, Arizona, and Texas, as well as in Canada and Mexico. The cantaloupe we know today was originally known as the muskmelon and is native to Iran, India and Africa.
Cantaloupe makes a creamy base for a green smoothie and adds a wonderful, delicate melon flavor. You can use honeydew melons interchangeably in these recipes as well.
Mint-Melon Detox Green Smoothie Recipe with Goji Berries
This green smoothie is absolutely delicious! I love the combination of fresh mint and sweet melon. The goji berries also complement the flavor and add protein.
This recipe uses water-rich fruits that are excellent sources of dietary fiber, making this a great detox smoothie.
Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Nutrients in apples may help lower cholesterol and promote weight loss. The dietary fiber in apples help fill you up and keep you feeling fuller longer.
I wanted to switch up my greens for this smoothie so I decided to use baby bok choy. Bok choy is loaded with protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A (as beta-carotene) and K, as well as folate.
I don’t use honeydew melon as much as I use cantaloupe, but the honeydew added a wonderful crispness to this smoothie. If you can’t find honeydew melon, however, you can use cantaloupe in this recipe.
Mint-Melon Green Smoothie Recipe with Goji Berries
- 2 cups honeydew melon, cubed
- 6 fresh mint leaves
- 1 and 1/2 green apples, cored
- 3 cups chopped baby bok choy leaves
- 2 tablespoons goji berries, soaked in water for 5 minutes
- 4 ounces (118ml) unsweetened almond milk
Start by adding the liquid to your blender (see my blender recommendations), followed by the soft fruit. Add the greens to your blender last. Blend on high for 30 seconds or until the smoothie is creamy.
Calcium: 23% RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance)
Vitamin A: 555% RDA
Vitamin C: 233% RDA
This smoothie is also a rich source of vitamins B1 through B6, vitamin K, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium and zinc.
Serving Size: One. (This recipe makes a large, 32-ounce smoothie. It is a meal-replacement smoothie and not a snack. I recommend drinking half right away and the other half about 30 minutes later. If it is too much for you, store leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.)