Friday, June 12, 2009

Heart of the Matter - The Best of June's Produce

Heart of the Matter is a food blogging event that promotes 'heart healthy' food. This month's theme was 'The Best of June's Produce'. For more information on this event please refer to Ilva's post in Lucullian Delights.

Where I live in Costa del Sol, all kinds of melon are in season now and there are lots of people on the beaches in their bikinis.

So what could be more delightful than an icy smoothie made from any kind of melon? Depending on how frozen your fruit is it can come out pretty solid like a sorbet or more watery and drinkable. When the fruit is very frozen you'll need a spoon to drink it!

Frozen Melon Smoothie

1.5 Servings


1 Cup Frozen Fruit (Buy fresh fruit, cut them into cubes and freeze them overnight!)

1 Cup Fruit Juice (Grape Juice, Pineapple Juice, Guava Juice work very nicely)

3 Ice Cubes

Just put everything inside a blender and wizz around until smooth. If the motor stalls, turn it off and move the liquid around a bit by tilting the blender and then wizz again. Repeat until it's all lovely and smooth.

The frozen melon smoothie in this photograph was made from honeydew melon, but my favorite is water melon & banana mixed with guava juice, with some lime juice squeezed into it. The proportions would be roughly 2 Cups frozen water melon, 1 banana, 2 Cups guava juice and the juice of 1 lime. Serves 2.

If you're taking certain kinds of medication for your heart and I've heard certain fruit are good for this like grapefruit and bananas - I'd make this smoothie using these fruits or fruit juices.


Ilva said...

It is perfect! Exactly what we need here and brilliantly simple to make too! Thanks a lot!

Elra said...

My son really loves smoothies, I pretty sure he will like your melon recipe.

Justin said...

i'm actually not a big fan of melon (horrible, I know), but for some reason this looks really good to me. maybe you're converting me.

Natashya said...

Mmmm, I could use one of these right now, it is so humid today.

Marta said...

It's a great idea to freeze the fruit overnight. See I hadn't thought of that! Here is Canada we have such limited access to fresh, seasonal fruit, that I always just buy the frozen stuff for my smoothies, but I had never thought of buying and freezing myself. Great tip!!!
You know, I've always meant to ask you: what does "third culture kid" mean? hahaha just curious :)

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Ilva: Thanks. I will try to participate in more blog events to help in keep things going. :)

Elra: I don't think any child will say no to this. ;)

Justin: This works wonderfully especially with a melon that isn't sweet (the way it's supposed to be) because you're adding sweetness with guava juice or another type of juice.

Natashya: That's exactly it. It's so humid this year that you need to sit around drinking icy drinks or you just feel...tired?:P

Marta: A TCK is someone who grew-up adapting more than one culture and who does not have 100% ownership of any of these. We're like a hybrid in this sense. Unless children of TCKs are also brought up in an environment that produces TCKs, they can have full ownership of one culture unlike their parents. :)

taste traveller said...

This looks beautiful, healthy or not! I think it's really interesting that so many "healty" foods are actually ones that look & taste really good too. It makes it easy to be a health buff! :-)

Trish said...'ve outdone yourself here. This looks so cooling and tempting right now. Well done!

Anh said...

This is surely a perfect drink for summer :).

Murasaki Shikibu said...

Taste Traveller: It's sinfully delicious - it doesn't feel healthy and I worry about it. ;)

Trish: It's yummy and we have this every evening. :)

Anh: Yes - we'll only stop making this when it cools down in October!

Lori said...

I love using a spoon to drink my smoothies. I feel like it is ice cream without all the calories.

♥peachkins♥ said...

This looks very refreshing..I love smoothies and shakes and all things cold..

Elra said...

I am sorry that you feel ill, I hope you getting better soon.
All the best,

michelle | bleeding espresso said...

Looks tasty and gorgeous too :)