We All Can’t Elope…But We Cantaloupe.

Posted on May 11, 2011

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Just one whole cantaloupe presented me with a lot of opportunities today. You might say I’ve got a case of the cantaloupe crazies. Yep, I ended up eating an entire cantaloupe today; 4 different ways.

Are YOU Mad For Muskemelons?

According to juicingforhealth.com, health benefits of cantaloupe, otherwise known as muskemelon, are pretty gnarly:

“The high amount of beta-carotene and vitamin C (anti-oxidant) in cantaloupe makes it an excellent fruit in helping to prevent many degenerative diseases.

  • Anti-coagulant: A unique compound in cantaloupe helps decrease the viscosity of the blood, hence preventing the abnormal formation of blood clots in the cardiovascular system.
  • Arteriosclerosis: Regularly consuming vitamin C retards the development of hardening of the arteries.
  • Cancer prevention: The high vitamin C content acts as a good anti-oxidant that protects cells from damages by free radicals. Regularly drinking juices high in anti-oxidants keep cancer at bay, especially against intestinal cancer and melanoma.
  • Cataracts: The natural vitamin A from beta-carotene in this juice lowers the risk of cataract and generally helps improve your vision too.
  • Cholesterol: Drinking juices high in anti-oxidant has been proven to fight the oxidative stress that is the main culprit in oxidizing the LDLs in the blood.
  • High blood pressure: Potassium in this rockmelon helps excrete sodium, thus bringing down high blood pressure especially in those with salt-sensitive hypertension.
  • Immune system: The strong content of vitamin C stimulates white cells to fight infection, naturally building a good immune system.
  • Insomnia: A special compound in cantaloupe relieves the nerves and calm anxieties. A help for insomniacs.
  • Menstruation problems: For women, drink this wonder juice around the time of menstruation and it will help reduce heavy flow and clots.
  • Muscle Cramps: A deficiency in potassium can cause muscular cramps and greater susceptibility to injury. Drink cantaloupe juice to prevent these.
  • Pregnancy: The high content of folate (folic acid) prevents neural tube defects in infants.
  • Quit Smoking: The natural nutrients and minerals found in this juice provides a synergistic combination that helps the body recover from nicotine withdrawal of one who is trying to quit smoking. Smoking also quickly depletes the vitamin A in a smoker, but cantaloupe juice can help replace it with its beta-carotene.
  • Stress: When going through a stressful period, keep this musky melon on the side and drink its juice regularly. The potassium content helps to rebalance and normalize the heartbeat. This in turn sends oxygen to the brain and regulates the body’s water balance.
  • Water retention: Especially in pregnant women. Muskmelon juice helps your body excrete excess sodium, thus reducing water retention.(1)”

Sweet Tuna Chow Chow

  1. 4 oz can chunk tuna in water
  2. 1 teaspoon original vegenaise (I used the kind by Follow Your Heart)
  3. 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  4. 1 cup cantaloupe
  5. Seeds of 1 whole cantaloupe
  6. 1/2 teaspoon Real Salt
  7. 1 teaspoon olive oil

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Throw ingredients 1-4 in food processor, process until ingredients are incorporated and desired consistency
  3. Wash cantaloupe guts off seeds (I used a strainer)
  4. Put seeds in paper towel and squeeze out excess water
  5. Put seeds, 1 t. EVOO, and salt in container with lid, SHAKE
  6. Spread out onto baking tray, bake until lightly browned (about 5 minutes, half way through you will want to toss and mix up seeds on pan so each side will brown)
  7. To get pretty canta-balls, use teaspoon size measuring spoon, and scoop like ice cream, SO FUNN

Sparkling KombuchaloupagneSparkling Kombuchaloupagne

  1. I have a not so fancy but super handy lil’ juicer by Cuisinart I fooled around with until I milked about 1/2 cup of juice from the remaining cantaloupe I had left. (pour this into pretty champagne glass first)
  2. 1/2 cup Multi Green Kombucha (I like the kind by synergy/GT’s)

Resources

(1)http://www.juicing-for-health.com/cantaloupe-nutrition.html

(2) My boyfriend JK for the clever title ; *) love you baby

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