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?