Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: None
My current culinary focus is salads and cold drinks, since we have been getting the heatwave from hell here in Britain! I love the sun, but it is a tad too hot for me really right now. So I made this iced drink the other day, which is delicious and refreshing, and also reputedly good for summer skin. The reason for this is that it contains cantaloupe melon and carrots, both of which are orange in colour, so give you a big beta-carotene boost! (This vital vitamin is present in all yellow, orange and red fruits and veg, and is what gives them their pigment). I heard that this vitamin is quite effective for preventing skin burning in the sun and helping to develop a tan instead. This was of great interest to me, since I have that fair Northern European skin that frazzles very easily! I haven't been sunburnt yet this year, and I have been getting a lot of beta-carotene in my diet, so maybe it is working. (I am not suggesting that anyone just drinks this and uses no sunscreen though, don't get me wrong!) In any event, skin protector or not, this drink is certainly very refreshing on hot days.
Ingredients (Serves 2)
- 1 medium-size ripe cantaloupe melon
- 1 lime, juiced and chopped into wedges or strips
- 1 small carrot, chopped
- 1 tbsp agave nectar (or other syrup of your choice)
- Around 12 ice-cubes
1.) Scoop flesh out of melon and place with carrot, lime juice, syrup and ice in blender.
2.) Blend for 1-2 minutes until liquid and ice is crushed, but not melted.
3.) Sieve it before serving, if you want it thin and smooth. Otherwise, leave it as it is, as I prefer to do, so that it is like a thick fruit smoothie with ice (then you get the healthy fibre still in it!)
4.) Garnish with wedges of lime, and enjoy immediately!
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