9 things to do with melons
Melons make a refreshing, healthy snack on a hot summer day’and they’re also very versatile. Here are nine fresh and tasty things to do with melons
An easy low-cal snack
Due to melon‘s water content (as much as 90 percent-compare that to, say, a banana, which has 75 percent), they are especially low in calories. One cup (250 mL) of cubes has:
• Watermelon: 48 calories
• Cantaloupe: 57 calories
• Casaba: 50 calories
• Honeydew: 65 calories
Tip: Before cutting into a melon, wash and scrub it with warm water and a clean produce brush.
1. Melon Soup
Crave a cool soup? Blend cantaloupe with orange juice, a little lime juice, a small knob of ginger (minced) and a pinch of cinnamon. Chill and serve with a dollop of low-fat sour cream or yogurt.
3. Melon Kebabs
For a colourful picnic treat, alternate chunks of red and yellow watermelon, orange cantaloupe and green honeydew on bamboo skewers. Keep cool.
4. Melon Salad
An easy potluck salad: Toss watermelon chunks with cherry tomato halves, crumbled feta and lots of chopped fresh basil. Sprinkle with pine nuts, if desired. Drizzle olive oil and lime juice overtop.
6. Starter Salad
Arrange slices of honeydew and avocado on top of mixed lettuce leaves. Drizzle with an olive oil and vinegar dressing.
7. Melon Smoothie
Purée chunks of honeydew or cantaloupe with a banana, fresh berries and low-fat yogurt.
9. Easy Melon Appetizer
To make an Italian-style appetizer, cut a honeydew or cantaloupe into thin slices and remove skin. Wrap each piece with a slice of prosciutto (or cooked ham) and skewer with a toothpick.
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