Tweak a Week #3 - Melons
Just in time for Summer! Melon – Melons are a high-volume foods, they contain a relatively high amount of water, fiber, air, and low number of calories. A large Cantaloupe contains only 277 calories; the typical serving of a wedge only contains 90 calories and is very satisfying and filling.
While the Honeydew melon is not quite as nutrient dense as the Cantaloupe, it is still a great choice and adds variety. Watermelon is often misunderstood and believed to be a less healthy fruit choice. This is not the case. All melons are rich in vitamins A & C, beta carotene, as well as lycopene, all powerful anti-oxidants. Melons are good for fighting all of the disease mentioned above as well. Don’t forget to include them in your healthy eating plan.
Mixed Melon Salad with Cilantro and Lime
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (about 2 limes)
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (could swap for mint), plus more for garnish, optional
Pinch kosher salt
2 cups cantaloupe balls, from about 1 cantaloupe
2 cups honeydew balls, from about 1 honeydew
2 cups watermelon balls, from about half a watermelon
Combine the lime juice, honey, cilantro and salt together in a small bowl and whisk until thoroughly combined.
In a large bowl, combine the cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon. Add the honey-lime mixture and toss to coat evenly. Garnish with additional cilantro, if desired. Chill the salad in the refrigerator until serving.