A super-fruity Melon Smoothie with added banana, strawberry and natural yoghurt, to provide a refreshing boost of antioxidant deliciousness.
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Melon Smoothie with Banana and Strawberry – A delicious, fruity boost
If you love smoothies, this Melon Smoothie with Banana and Strawberry is definitely a glass to try. It’s fruity, refreshing and gorgeously full of antioxidants. Indeed… it may be just what you need to get through the winter slump.
Melon may not seem the obvious choice for a smoothie. But once tried, you may find it being regularly dropped into the blender. It brings a uniqueness of flavour that pairs with so many other fruits… Enhancing without over-powering, yet holding its own to be distinctly recognisable with every sip. Try once and Melon Smoothie will be understood.
What is the best melon variety to make a Melon Smoothie?
Different melons bring different qualities and flavour. From Honeydew, Christmas and Cantaloupe… to Charentais, Galia and Water melons… There are literally dozens of varieties out there… But which is best for making Melon Smoothie?
The honest answer is it comes down to personal preference and availability. Depending on where you live in the world, melons you can buy (or grow) will vary… Both geographically and seasonally. If you have a particular melon that is a favourite, then it’s probably the one to opt for… But equally, I am a huge advocate of trying something new… So, next time you see a melon that is different, give it a taste test!
But… when choosing the best fruit for Melon Smoothie, it’s also important to consider how the particular variety will pair for flavour and texture against other fruit in the blender. Most melons work fine as smoothie fodder… But the question to ask is ‘would I eat it side by side with X, Y or Z in a fruit salad?’. If the answer is ‘yes’… you’re probably good to throw it (and X, Y or Z) in the blender. For this particular Melon Smoothie recipe however, I used Galia Melon… which is rich and sweet, but also has a thickness of texture which when blended, is sustaining as well as delicious.
The particular question of watermelon in smoothies…
Now… I may be alone here, but Watermelon in smoothies is not always a good choice! Why? Because watermelon is extremely liquid and has quite a fibrous texture… Both elements (in my opinion) negatively impact the smoothie experience and will destroy any hope of achieving a rich and creamy glass. Sure, there’s the option to add milk or yoghurt or even banana. But (unless adding an awful lot), the result will still be watery. And watery yoghurt isn’t particularly appetising. Right?
While technically, blending watermelon on its own would still count as a smoothie, it’s honestly just ‘juice’. Keep watermelon where it can shine… In Watermelon Granita; Bacardi Coolers; and perfect salads of Watermelon alongside cucumber and salty Feta.
Are smoothies good for you?
Over recent years, the question of whether smoothies are good for you has been much debated. Without a doubt, eating fruit in any form will bring a welcome addition of fibre, vitamins and minerals to the diet… However, it is important to remember that fruit is also high in sugar. And blending fruit releases that sugar to create ‘free sugar’… which should be limited in the same way that we would limit sweets and cake.
Ultimately, it’s about balance. Smoothies are not the answer to improving our health. But drunk occasionally, they can offer a welcome boost of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. And since they are delicious, are definitely worth including in the ‘treat’ list.
What else is in this Melon Smoothie recipe?
Alongside Galia melon, my Melon Smoothie also contains strawberries, banana, lime, natural yoghurt and a hint of Maple syrup. The fruit choice is a magic combination, that complements in flavour as well as offering a gorgeous pink hue to the glass… Banana helps thicken the mix, but also brings some welcome potassium to stave off the winter blues.
The Maple syrup gives an earthy sweetness… But it is entirely optional to the recipe.
Why add yoghurt to Smoothies?
As mentioned, my Melon Smoothie also contains a small pot of natural yoghurt. This is there for several reasons…
- Texture and thickness
- Flavour (I used dairy free natural coconut yoghurt)
- Additional nutrition (which will vary dependent on the type of yoghurt used).
Is this recipe for Melon Smoothie gluten free, dairy free and vegan?
Yes. The Melon Smoothie recipe shared is entirely gluten free, dairy free and Vegan. And is made with a dairy free coconut yoghurt. However… If you prefer to use soya yoghurt or another alternative or even dairy yoghurt, it’s entirely up to you.
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Melon Smoothie with Banana and Strawberry
- 2 bananas peeled and cut into large pieces
- 8 to 10 large strawberries hulled
- ½ Galia melon skinned, deseeded and cut into cubes (or alternative similar small melon variety)
- 1 lime – juice only
- 125 g natural yoghurt I used natural coconut milk yoghurt
- 1 tbsp maple syrup optional
- Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy in glasses, with or without straws!
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