Well for some people Summer is already here, and for some it is fast approaching! With Summer comes farmers markets with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, and so many fun BBQ parties!
When the weather gets warm, I start to crave cool treats like smoothies, ice cream, or just a big bowl of cut up melon. There are several varieties of melon to choose from, but the most common that will be at any party is delicious watermelon. It is fun to try different varieties of melon, last year I tried a Santa Claus melon. Have you tried Santa Claus melon?
This week while browsing the produce section, I saw cantaloupe… AND well, I had a craving. I know my recipe is simple, but it is refreshing for sure!
Before I share the recipe, I wanted to share an important food safety tip with you. Since this is the season to devour LOTS of melon….wait…I mean TONS of melon….it is important to make sure you are safe.
Since my background is in food safety, reading- learning-and sharing food safety information with you….is important to me! It actually floors me how many foodborne illness outbreaks there are everyday, some you may read on national news, and some you will not read about. Since I surround myself with food safety everyday, I follow some wonderful websites. My favorite food safety sites to get up to date information are Bill Marler, Food Safety News, Fair and Petting Zoo Safety, and Food Poison Journal.
Melon safety – Before you cut into any melon, rinse it off under hot water really well. Some melon is not rinsed after it is picked from the field. The chance of contaminants on the melon are higher if it is not washed. If the melon is not rinsed- and you cut into the melon- you transfer the foodborne illness into the edible portion of the melon.
Sometimes the simplest food safety tips, are also the most helpful. That is something my husband, managers I work with, and my friends tell me all the time!
Refreshing drink that is perfect for a hot summer day!
10 minsPrep Time
Blend all ingredients in a blender, and enjoy!!!
I don’t usually buy low calorie drinks, because I am not a fan of sugar alcohols. BUT I decided to try the low calorie lemonade at Trader Joe’s. It is good mixed into smoothies, but just plan, not really my favorite. Like I said, I am not a huge fan of the flavor of food or drinks that contain sugar alcohols. You could use a fresh lemon squeezed, and add some water for a little bit of liquid needed to blend the mixture.
Have fun with the recipe, make it your own. The ingredients are not exact measurements, just play with the flavoring to what you enjoy.
What is your favorite way to enjoy melon? What is your favorite variety of melon?