I have always been a true believer in simple, easy recipes. Sure, every once-in-a-while it’s nice to cook a fancy meal or bake an elaborate dessert, but 85% of the time I prefer recipes that are simple, and don’t require any crazy ingredients.
Sometimes the best recipes are the ones with the shortest ingredient list. You don’t need to spend a ton of money or hours in the kitchen to pair together certain flavours that are just so right.
This smoothie is one of those recipes. Four ingredients – four! – get thrown in a blender and pureed for a few minutes. That’s it. Sweet and juicy cantaloupe, a tangy kick of fresh ginger, and fragrant, earthy cilantro mixed with a splash of milk. It’s such an odd flavour combination, but they go so well together.
Like, day-yum. So much yum.
I’m not sure what compelled me to add cilantro to the blender. I was clearing out my fridge and needed to use it up, so I shrugged and tossed it in. Turns out, it’s a great addition to a smoothie. It makes it a little bit tangy, a little bit earthy, and balances out the sweetness of the cantaloupe. The ginger adds a bit of bite, and the milk just smooths things out a bit.
Since cantaloupe’s are 90% water, this smoothie is a great way to fill up while enjoying all the health benefits. Throw in some protein powder and this would make a great post-workout snack. It’s flavourful, delicious, and healthy. Oh, and like I mentioned, it’s ready in 5 minutes.
I’ve been toying with the idea of jogging with Parker to work and back every day. I already walk him to and from work (he gets to hang out at the office with me) and if I upped the anti by running instead, I’d be getting a better workout. I miss sweating it out at the gym, and walking doesn’t give me quite the rush as running.
I’ll just keep a spare pair of pants and a shirt at the office. No one will know. There’s even a shower, so I really have no excuse.
When I finally do start running, this smoothie will be the perfect snack when I get home. Hydration, flavour, and health benefits, all in one smoothie!
Oh cantaloupe, how I love thee!
|Cantaloupe Smoothies with Ginger & Cilantro|| |
- 1 cantaloupe, seeded, peeled, and chopped
- ¼ cup tightly packed cilantro, rinsed & drained
- 1-inch piece of ginger, finely grated
- 1 cup skim milk
- Toss all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth and well-incorporated. Pour into two glasses and serve immediately.