Freshen Up!

I get so excited when I make up a recipe that I really enjoy and feel is worthy of others tasting. It makes me dream for a fleeting moment that I’m a real cook. So, I have to share…

This concoction came about quite haphazardly. I had cubed some honeydew melon and stuck it in the freezer a few nights ago thinking it would be a refreshing, healthy snack. I thought it a novel idea since it wasn’t the typical frozen fruit of choice for dessert. (I’m always looking for healthier options to satisfy my sweet tooth.) It was eh. But it gets better…

This evening I was puttering about the kitchen putting away groceries and pulled the melon out of the freezer, ready to eat some more, when I thought: “I bet this would make a pretty fabulous smoothie.” And it did!! I put some melon in a blender, a scoop of vanilla whey protein powder, and milk. I have no specific measurements which, I know, is irritating. Sorry. But the beauty of it is that you can make it to the consistency of your choosing. I started off with very little milk and had to keep adding more as my melon was still too frozen and there wasn’t enough moisture for it to blend well.

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I like it thick. Really thick. You know, like when you’re tempted to turn the glass upside down to see if it will fall out or not? That is the only instance that I enjoy working to eat my food (unlike eating bone-in fish or shelling your nuts before popping them in your mouth). It’s like a game to get more smoothie in a mouthful without it slipping out of the glass and landing all over your face.

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I love this recipe because it tastes like a vanilla milkshake with a twinge of fruitiness but without the super sweet bad-for-you stuff. Plus, it has a entrancing subtle green hue, which you can’t really tell from my pictures.

So I think I’ll be stocking up on the melons while they are still available this summer! You could do some fun variations of this too. Use water or coconut milk and soy protein powder for a lactose free or vegan option. I also might add some savory spirits to this at some point.

Have you created a favorite recipe that you pull out every summer? Feel free to share!