Good morning beautiful! I’m so happy that I get to start my day with you, you fresh, sweet, and lovely thing.
Can you believe that this frothy, coral colored fruit juice is made from four simple and incredible healthy ingredients? This is not your typical store bought, sugar laden juice folks. No sir. No ma’am. This melon juice is sooooo much better than anything you could bring home in a waxy paper container or a plastic bottle. It’s better tasting. Think fresh, like just cut grass. Ah, deep breath. It’s better for you. No preservatives or added sugar. It’s better for the environment. No containers to recycle or throw into a landfill. See, it’s just better.
As it just so happened, this melon juice wasn’t part of my plan this week, I had scheduled another recipe for today, which I’ll share next week. This melon juice was an accident, a delightfully tasty accident that I needed to share with you ASAP. Why the rush? Because I couldn’t stand the thought of you going through a beautiful May weekend without it.
So the accident, this is how it happened. Half of a seedless watermelon, a giant honeydew, and a spiny pineapple were hanging out on my kitchen counter. They looked bored. I kept eyeing all three and thought about turning them into a fruit salad, but that idea was leaving me less than excited; besides, it was smoothie time. You don’t eat fruit salad when it’s smoothie time. That’s the golden rule.
The next thing I knew, I was cubing the melons and the pineapple and throwing them into my Best Blendtec Blenders (affiliate). It was time to party! 45 seconds later I had the most intensely beautiful juice that I’d ever seen. The color was divine. Truly, it was. Just look at it.
I poured a sample into a glass and tasted it. It was good, but surprisingly (I say that because I’m not big on sweets) it needed a little sugar to make it perfect. So I added a date. A big, plump, sweet date. Bingo! That was all it took to turn good into great.
Because I used fresh pineapple, not frozen, my concoction was juice, not a thick and frozen smoothie. If you added frozen pineapple you’d get a smoothie. But here’s the thing, sometimes juice is a refreshing change of pace. You won’t get a brain freeze if you drink it too fast, and it’s easier to drink from a straw – if you drink from a straw.
If you’re anything like me, the last part of a melon always seems to end up sitting around until it’s too ripe. Melons are big, and after eating three quarters of one I tire of it. and so it sits. That’s why this melon juice is so awesome. You get the benefits of the fruit in a drink that you can sip all day long. You don’t need a fork and a dish to eat it, which means that you can put it in a travel cup and take it with you. And best of all, you won’t waste that last portion of the melon.
Why melons, pineapple, and dates are so awesome:
- High in lycopene which is important for cardiovascular and bone health
- Phenolic compounds in watermelon—including flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids—make this fruit a choice for anti-inflammatory and antioxidant health benefits.
- High water content helps keep the body hydrated
- Low in calories. 46 calories in one cup
- A good source of vitamin C, Potassium, and vitamin B-6
- High in fiber
- High water content for hydration
- Low in calories. 61 calories in one cup.
- A good source of vitamin C, manganese, copper, vitamin B-6, and vitamin B-1.
- Contains bromelain, which helps to digest food by breaking down protein, and has anti-inflammatory, anti-clotting and anti-cancer properties.
- Low in calories. 82 calories in one cup.
- Good source of iron
- Good source of potassium
- Rich in minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium
- Rich in dietary fiber
Pretty awesome stuff, right? This recipe made forty-four ounces of juice, so if you do the math you’ll see that there are four hundred and ninety calories in the entire batch of juice. Forty-four ounces gives you approximately five eight-ounce servings. One eight-ounce serving is approximately ninety calories. If you’re eating a healthy plant based diet you can certainly afford a serving or two of this healthy melon juice.
Store it in an airtight pitcher in the refrigerator for up to four days and enjoy a little burst of spring sunshine each and every day.
Spill, do you like watermelon? How about honeydew? Pineapple? If you say no to one of these I bet you’d still like this juice. Because when the flavors are all blended together they make a special kind of yum.
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