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August 26, 2011

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I woke up NEEDING that cantaloupe smoothie I had yesterday.

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I don’t love cantaloupe (which is why one has been simmering in our fridge for over a week) but I sure love it in smoothie form. It might be the Vega Tropical mix that makes this taste so good. I don’t believe in buying protein powder, but I do believe in using it if it falls into my lap. I’ve always loved the Vega products for their taste – and they are vegetarian based without protein isolates and mostly real food.

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‘Loupe Smoothie

  • 1 big wedge of cantaloupe (without the rind!)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/2 packet Vega Tropical mix
  • 1/2 banana
  • Handful ice

Toppings = Warrior Crunch, floating and sinking blueberries and Krissy’s Clementine Cashew butter!

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Coconut tea by Adagio on the side!

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Friday = Body Pump + bakery time. And a low-key night since we have an event early tomorrow morning.

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1 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) August 26, 2011 at 8:05 am

I would never think to put cantaloupe in a smoothie- then again, I never imagined spinach would make it in, either :)

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2 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) August 26, 2011 at 8:06 am

I really loved the Tropical flavor too! Much better than Chocolate, the one I got in my swag bag last year. I’m an h-dew fan myself.

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3 Aine @ Something to Chew Over August 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

I’m not mad on cantaloupe either! Everything is good in a smoothie though :)

Have a great day!

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4 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

You would like my protein powder (maybe. Is that presumptuous?)! I found that mixing your own super blend is super cheaper and more fun than buying premixed and I can’t get enough of mine- super tasty.Turns out I don’t like a lot of food that has protein in it so I use mine almost every day.

Also, totally making a cantaloupe smoothie this morning. Thanks!

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5 Katherina @ Zephyr Runs August 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

This status brought to you by the word super!

Not intended.

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6 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:09 am

haha. I don’t think I’d buy protein powder. I just think eating real food makes more sense!

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7 Cathy August 26, 2011 at 10:40 am

I agree Kath. Loved the breakfast!!

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8 Aimee August 26, 2011 at 10:56 am

Maybe your food philosophy has changed in the past year, but didn’t you buy a huge tub of Vega back when you were friends with Emily from Daily Garnish and you all went to hear Brendan Brazier? I think it’s fine that your stance has changed I just remembered that post when Vega came up today.

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9 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 11:47 am

Yes, I did buy that and my views have changed. I bought it for the taste – I still think the Vanilla Chai makes smoothies taste amazing – but I decided when it was gone not to re-buy because whole proteins (like milk, yogurt, cottage cheese) are probably a better option for me.

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10 Katie @ cooklaughmove August 26, 2011 at 8:07 am

I adore smoothies and I love cantaloupe, but I really dislike cantaloupe smoothies!

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11 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey August 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

I love cantaloupe, but it doesn’t love me (mildly allergic = itchy throat). I’m much more of a honeydew person… maybe I should try that in a smoothie? :)

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12 Cait's Plate August 26, 2011 at 8:13 am

I’m not a huge smoothie person because I usually prefer to chew my food – but that really just looks incredible.

I was thinking the other day (and this morning’s post proves this point) how you not only make delicious things, but you’re also awesome at food styling. I need to take lessons from you.

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13 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:29 am

Thanks!

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14 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 26, 2011 at 8:15 am

Oddly, I don’t love the vanilla and chocolate Vega, but I am all about their “fruity” flavors… and I don’t like the “fruity” flavors in any other powder.

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15 Donna @ Life of a Happy Blonde August 26, 2011 at 8:17 am

You have me intrigued with cantelope in a smoothie! It would have a nice consistency? Lol i’m still a little hesitant!
Might have to give it a try and clementine cashew butter? Be still my beating heart :) :) :)

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16 Baking N Books August 26, 2011 at 8:17 am

What exactly are “soy protein isolates”? I buy occasionally Le Sol veggie burgers that have “soy protein” and then mostly vegetables, etc. Is that the same as the “isolates”? And I eat tempeh which just says soy/soybeans…

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17 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whey_Protein_Isolate

(Soy protein can be isolated too)

To me, this crosses the line of real food. I cannot do this in my kitchen.

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18 Baking N Books August 26, 2011 at 8:51 am

That link is to Whey – not Soy. Is the information transferable? What about tempeh then that is just soy or soybeans?

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19 Ally August 26, 2011 at 9:44 am

There’s nothing wrong with soybeans. And I buy processed products a lot, I’m not as healthy as Kath I guess. I wouldn’t make it an issue or worry, but that’s just me. As my BF always says, when it comes to food I look at the forest, not the trees!

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20 Carley August 26, 2011 at 11:00 am

I guess if I got products for free all the time I wouldn’t have to buy my protein powder either. Apparently “healthy” doesn’t matter if it is free????

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21 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

I wouldn’t eat an isolated protein product if it were free. In this case, I think Vega is fine, but I still wouldn’t buy it. This was in my HLS swag bag – not a year’s supply I got for free. Whole protein is cheaper than powder (just eat dried beans)

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22 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 11:46 am

(Agreed about whole soy – tofu, tempeh, soy milk are minimally processed)

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23 Cathy August 26, 2011 at 10:46 am

Kath, so no Boca Burgers either? I thought these were healthier than red meat burgers. I’m confused. I used to make chili with soy protein from WF instead of hamburger.

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24 Baking N Books August 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

Hi Ally – I know! I still eat them in moderation. I was actually just asking more out of curiosity – kind of a research-all nerd ;)

Cathy – Lean red meat is healthy in moderation! There’s just 1 ingredient! and it’s a source of protein, iron, vitamin B12, etc. But stick to lean cuts that you know where they are coming from preferably (with no added hormones, etc. on the label). Just don’t eat it everyday -or the ones from McDonalds (added salt and who knows)’…;)

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25 Cathy August 26, 2011 at 12:40 pm

I dont eat fast food. I know to look for hormones etc especially in chicken. Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.

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26 Samantha August 26, 2011 at 1:22 pm

I wish I could be more conscious with responsibly raised meats and seafood. But my budget just doesn’t allow it. Organic dairy and meats are either not existent in my locale or I just cannot afford the cost. The price difference can be enormous to someone who is financially struggling to live. So unfortunately I don’t buy the best of the best. To be honest, this pattern of thinking is what lends to an orthorexic state of mind to those with brains wired that way. I often have binges because of all the “rules” and personally I think I’m going on a food-labelling strike and saying the hell with it and eating whatever I want. No rules. Anything goes.

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27 Cathy August 26, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Samantha, I hear where you are coming from. We have WF’s here but I can not shop there. I just go and get a “treat” once every few months. I am a single lady and I struggle too financially. Kath is very luky to afford all that she does. I try to eat healthy but it is outrageously expensive.

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28 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 11:43 am

No, I don’t buy Boca burgers, Luna or Clif bars. I don’t think it would HURT if you had them a few times a year (if someone made a Boca burger for me at a dinner party I’d eat it no problem) but I just don’t think they are real food. I’d rather have a 3 oz burger of grass-fed local beef.

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29 mel August 26, 2011 at 11:58 am

I am a veggie and try to avoid having too much dairy so I do buy protein powder (hemp or jay robb egg white) and I buy Dr Preggers veggie burgers when I don’t have time to make my own. I know some think meat and dairy are better alternatives, but for me this works. Personally meat grosses me out and dairy bloats me. I also eat tofu and temph a few times per week but use almond milk v.soy milk. Everyone just has different preferences!

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30 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 12:03 pm

If I were you I’d probably add some in too

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31 kaila @ healthy helper! August 26, 2011 at 8:18 am

Mmm I love tropical smoothies! I’ve been using my amazing grass orange creamsicle powder like its my job!! So yummy!

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32 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 26, 2011 at 8:19 am

I’m definitely going to miss cantaloupe when summer is finished! I used to hate it as a kid (I was all about the watermelon – not that this has changed much!) but I love it with a bit of honeydew now. So refreshing!

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33 Khushboo August 26, 2011 at 8:27 am

I also much rather ‘drink’ canteloupe than ‘eat’ it! As much as I lurve nut butter, I can’t get myself to eat it with canteloupe!!

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34 Katie @ Nourishing Flourishing August 26, 2011 at 8:31 am

The tropical flavored Vega is awesome. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but you’re so right — cantaloupe would go perfectly with it — I’ll be trying that! :)

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35 Ellie@fitforthesoul August 26, 2011 at 11:57 am

Y’all are making me so curious now! haha. I always eye the Vega powders at the store but never get them b/c it’s pricier than I like it to be. But I guess in the end, adding cantaloupe to any smoothie sounds really good! I can see how that would be delicious.

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36 Meaghan O'Connor (My Spoonful of Inspiration) August 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

Happy friday! :) I love cantaloupe, but I couldn’t imagine putting it in a smoothie. Protein power and body pump make you sound so legit.

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37 Hannah August 26, 2011 at 8:37 am

Bahaha I honestly thought from the title that this was going to be about some infectious disease!

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38 Rebecca August 26, 2011 at 8:39 am

Man, I forgot I was going to make this baby for breakfast!! I love the idea of a cantaloupe smoothie and I was pretty impressed with the Vega mix too. Was this one refrigerated overnight?

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39 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 8:46 am

Nope, just made this AM

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40 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 26, 2011 at 8:41 am

I’m obsessed with warrior crunch and it’s super cinnamon-y flavor. Yum!

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41 Holly @ The Runny Egg August 26, 2011 at 8:45 am

I love cantaloupe if it is the perfect ripeness — where it practically melts in your mouth. I’ve never tried it in a smoothie but it sounds very refreshing!

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42 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 26, 2011 at 8:47 am

Cantaloupe smoothie is such a unique idea! I’ll have to try it soon!

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43 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats August 26, 2011 at 8:50 am

I’ve thought about using cantaloupe in a smoothie (I LOVE cantaloupe!), but I’m afraid it will be too watery!

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44 Brittany @ Itty Bits of Balance August 26, 2011 at 9:02 am

I no cantaloupe fan either, but I feel like it would be great in a smoothie.

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45 Sweet and Savvy August 26, 2011 at 9:06 am

Why have I never put cantaloupe In a smoothie? Looks awesome:)

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46 Sabrina August 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

Oooooohhh thinking about putting cantaloupe in a smoothie gives me the heebie jeebs. Actually, cantaloupe in general kind of gives me them, unless it is slightly underripe. It’s just so… SLIMY!

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47 Sabrina August 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

PS- when I first saw the post title I thought it had something to do with a wolf (lupo in Italian). I must be reading too many Italian kid’s stories these days!

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48 Minnooo August 26, 2011 at 9:09 am

Can’t say that cantelope is my fave…but you make it look good!

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49 Lynda @ healthy hoboken girl August 26, 2011 at 9:10 am

Warrior Crunch…great food for a great cause! Breakfast looks lovely!

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50 Cat @Breakfast to Bed August 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

I like salted cantaloupe. My husband thinks it’s evil, yet eats 1000 year eggs. I don’t get it.

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51 Ashley August 26, 2011 at 9:33 am

Hehehe, I’ve always disliked Vega products for their taste! But I do love me a cantaloupe smoothie!! :)

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52 Emily August 26, 2011 at 9:41 am

LOVE cantaloupe! In every form :)

Check out my blog post covering our local GH! Yay for amazing bread!!

http://www.emloves.com/2011/08/great-harvest-bread-co.html

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53 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes August 26, 2011 at 9:43 am

Yum! I loves me some canteloupe! Never tried it in a smoothie before though, I will have to stat :)

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54 Lindsey August 26, 2011 at 9:49 am

I am not a melon fan in general either, but I should try them in smoothies! I think its the texture of them I don’t like.

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55 lynn @ the actor's diet August 26, 2011 at 9:54 am

yum! i’m big on ‘loupe – but i usually just eat it straight up, with a spoon.

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56 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

Have a great workout today! Rock it!

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57 Angel7 August 26, 2011 at 9:59 am

I am not a big fan of cantaloupe either. It is not on top of my fruit list.

If you say the smoothie was excellent with cantaloupe, then I am sure that I would have liked it as well.

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58 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife August 26, 2011 at 10:23 am

I like honeydew WAy more than cantaloupe!

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59 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com August 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

Cantaloupe in a smoothie sounds so refreshing and delicious :)

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60 Lindsay @ Lindsay's List August 26, 2011 at 10:33 am

oh yum…I love every single ingredient in that smoothie! We grew cantaloupe in the garden this year, so I’m making it today for sure!

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61 Andrea @ The Skinny Chronicles August 26, 2011 at 10:35 am

Congrats on the house Kath! Muy cool. Can’t wait for more photos when the time is right.

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62 Susan (Oliepants) August 26, 2011 at 10:59 am

I would never really think to add the cantaloupe in my smoothie but I think it would be great actually. I think it would really give a mellow creamy flavor! Perfect!

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63 EMU August 26, 2011 at 11:11 am

Thanks for the tip on adding cantaloupe to a smoothie! I am going to try that. The other way I like to eat cantaloupe is cut up in a fruit salad with other fruits and a squeeze of lemon. That keeps it from being sickly sweet. Some many fruits taste better cut in small chunks or blended into a smoothie.

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64 Kori August 26, 2011 at 11:23 am

I’m like you, Kath in that I never really liked cantaloupe or melons when I was a kid, but I love to use them in smoothies and in salads now. My favorite melon smoothie that I created has honeydew, kiwi, green grapes, cucumber, and lime–another take on a “green monster” smoothie. :) I also LOVE cantaloupe with prosciutto, parmesan, and fennel. The sad thing is that I haven’t had any of those this summer! I better get on it soon before fall is officially here!!

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65 Sarah@The Flying ONION August 26, 2011 at 11:24 am

I made a cantaloupe soup for a friend’s bridal shower and it was so delicious. It veered on the side of sweet–think smoothie form–and it was such a hit. Delicious and totally refreshing!

I don’t know why I don’t use cantaloupe for smoothies more often..yum! :D

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66 Alexa @ Simple Eats August 26, 2011 at 11:27 am

Love cantaloupe, but never thought to put it in a smoothie. Genius!

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67 Shaya August 26, 2011 at 11:50 am

I believe in protein powder!! Just as a supplement and not as the main source of protein, but I do think it’s one important way for vegetarians/vegans to get the nutrients they need.

Also, it helps to bulk up and flavor smoothies to help them stick to you longer.

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68 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen August 26, 2011 at 11:51 am

I need to try this smoothie b/c I’m not a huge fan of cantaloupe (or most melon) either. I have a cantaloupe on the counter that is past it’s prime b/c I’m too lazy to cut it and am not that psyched to eat it. I don’t know why I continuously buy it!

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69 Samantha August 26, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Looks delicious, I love cold cantaloupe, it tastes so much better, particularly when in ice-cream form ;)

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70 Jenn August 26, 2011 at 12:05 pm

yeh, so failed attempt again…levi decided to nap at 10am. FUssY! hope it was a good workout.

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71 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Missed you! Next week.

FYI, Donna’s closed till Tuesday!

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72 Ashley@FoodNFitnessDiaries August 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I’ve never tried melon smoothies before… I always think of berries, peaches, and bananas when I envision my fruit smoothies. I definitely need to try this! :)

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73 Allison@ Happy Tales August 26, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Loved reading all the comments in this post, Kath. I’ve met a lot of RDs who feel the same way (as I’m guessing they probably should!)

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74 How to Make Buttermilk August 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Wow, this looks great! I am not a big fan of loupe, but willing to give this a try because it looks so good and so many people are raving about it. So glad I found your site! Thanks for sharing.

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75 Emily@SavoryandSavage August 26, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hmm, a cantaloupe smoothie… I usually don’t eat much melon but this one sounds really appealing.

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76 Tricia August 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm

Cantaloupe Martinis are good too ;)

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77 Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled August 26, 2011 at 1:32 pm

This the first time I’ve seen anyone pulverize a cantelope for a smoothie, but I think it’s absolutely brilliant. I’m not a cantelope person myself (prefer my melon in water version), so this would be great when the kid and hubby don’t eat an entire one.

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78 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin August 26, 2011 at 6:37 pm

I don’t buy protein powder either because I know I get enough protein in my diet without it plus it can be so expensive!!

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79 Elizabeth August 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Kath, since you didn’t refrigerate overnight, were the oats cooked or right out of the container?
Maybe I need a video…=(. BTW the video on making the banana oats was very helpful! Step-by-step made it so easy!! Thanks!

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80 KathEats August 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Yep, they were just raw rolled oats. Delicious and doughy!

I know I should make more videos..

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81 Casey August 27, 2011 at 10:22 am

We have a ton of cantaloupe in our freezer right now. It’s perfect for making smoothies!

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82 Deliciously Organic August 27, 2011 at 7:08 pm

I’ve never thought of putting cantelope in a smoothie. Great idea! I’ll have to give it a try. Gorgeous photos, btw. :)

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83 Allison August 27, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Cantaloupe is my go-to fruit this summer- I’ve been eating 1/2 of one almost every morning!!!

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84 Koko @ KokoLikes.com August 27, 2011 at 9:46 pm

YUMMY! I would never think to put cantaloupe in a smoothie since I don’t love it, but now am going to give it a try!

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85 Ashley August 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Thanks for the great idea! I made one this morning and it came out fabulously delicious (: This recipe is perfect for breakfast before school – I just throw the ingredients into my ninja, pour the smoothie into a to-go cup, and hightail it to school.

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