In the lovely island where I live, the temperatures have been escalating recently. I can start to feel that spring break heat wave which subtly reminds us that vacation time is coming, moreover…summer is just around the corner. Hence you will start to see fruit pop recipes, frosty shakes and sorbets popping all over the web… and in this blog particularly. For a little hint of those frozen favorites, here is a drinkable treat. I mean who doesn’t associate melons with summertime and cooling off? Well, to break a bit from tradition, instead of using watermelon I chose cantaloupe. And to make this into a thicker and creamier milkshake like treat I froze cubed cantaloupe overnight, added greek yogurt, bananas plus some milk and ice cubes of course. Enjoy! This naturally sweet shake is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is high in calcium and very high in dietary fiber, vitamin A & C.Plus if you divide the shake into 3 glasses, each will be around 156 calories – which makes this a lovely snack or frozen dessert treat! You can also do what I did, had my 1 cup serving and gave a 1.5 cup serving to my hubby so no milkshakes was spared!
Vitamin A & C facts – both promote immune health, help fight off free radicals and are involved in some of the most important biochemical processes in our body. Vitamin A is found in food in 2 forms as: carotenes (found in many orange colored fruits and vegetables) and retinol. As many of you know Vitamin A (in its retinol form) is essential for catalyzing reactions involved in color vision and low light vision. Besides that retinoic acid (another derivative of vitamin A) is used by many dermatologists to promote skin health, integrity, and to treat cases of severe acne. This is because it reduces the size and secretion of sebaceous glands, therefore less sebum will be accessible for bacteria to proliferate in. If is also believed to be an anti-inflammatory. Vitamin C is involved in collagen formation. Collagen is the MOST abundant protein found in the human body; is one of the building blocks of bones, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, skin, blood vessels, gut and even parts of the eye. It also has a popular role in dermatology since collagen has a unique role in wound healing, skin strength/elasticity and aging. Loss of collagen or skin elasticity is associated with the formation of wrinkles. Hence foods rich in vitamin A & C are now denoted as “anti-aging” foods.
Serving Size: 2 to 3
Yield: 2.5 cups
10 oz frozen canteloupe, about 1.5 cup
2 fresh bananas
1/2 cup non fat greek yogurt
1 cup non fat milk or non dairy milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
3-4 ice cubes
Peel, core and cube the cantaloupe into 1 inch cubes. Store in the freezer in an air tight container for several hours or overnight. Place the bananas in the refrigerator. Cold ingredients make a better milkshake. Blend all of the ingredients until smooth! Add more ice or cinnamon to taste.