What I'm Loving: 8.25.09

I don't think this is going to get me any fan press out on the 'net, but I have been completely digging cantaloupes this year - so much so that I have been eating about 1 entire melon per day, on average.  Cantaloupes are a nutritional powerhouse, with very few calories.  A cup of cubed fruit has more than a day's worth of vitamin A, nearly a day's allowance of vitamin C, 12% of your daily potassium needs, and 9% of a day's folate.  And all this for the low-low price of 50 calories, folks!  Even bestsellers like apples, pears, and bananas have at least 100 calories.

I have been just cubing these super-sweeties up and eating them for dessert or a juicy snack, maybe combining them with some fat-free Fage, but there are some creative ideas in the latest issue of CSPI's Nutrition Action Health Letter:

  • Spritz the chunks with lemon or lime juice, and eat as-is.  Lime sounds particularly good to me.
  • I never would've thought of this - top the 'loupe with shaved Parmesan and drizzle it with balsamic vinegar.  That sounds really interesting - I'm going to try that one today. 
  • Another one with cheese - fill half a melon with low-fat cottage cheese and a sprinkle of toasted sunflower seeds - yum! 
  • Cube it and serve it over a bed of mixed greens and some goat cheese, tossed with a red wine vinaigrette.  Another fruity salad - you know I've been lovin' up on those this summer.

Are you loving cantaloupe?  How are you eating it?