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Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

Loreto August 23, 2017

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie is a refreshing super healthy way to start off your day. Beautiful ripe honeydew with its subtle sweetness, paired with the somewhat tart juicy kiwi all swirled with fruit juice, yogurt, and maple syrup gives you everything you may need to kickstart your day and metabolism.

Song of the day: “Dreamers” by The Royal Foundry.

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie blends fresh flavors and creamy goodness that leaves you feeling vibrant and healthy ready to tackle what comes your way in your day!

 

 

Honeydew is that pastel colored globe of earthy goodness that comes this time of year in our produce markets. Its thick strong skin leaves nothing but imagination to discover the wonderful texture and flavor of this incredibly juicy fruit. Here are seven things you may want to know about honeydew melons:

  1. Where did honeydew come from: Well as far as we know it was cultivated centuries ago in southern France and Algeria.
  2. The honeydew family:  Honeydew is part of a melon family known as the Cucurbitaceae (Gourd) family, divided into two groups, fruits (melons), and vegetables (squash, pumpkins, and cucumbers).
  3. The relation between cantaloupe and honeydew: Yes they are related. A wedge of honeydew has enough vitamin C to fulfill half the daily amount, also has only 64 calories and 14 grams of natural fruit sugar. Cantaloupe has over 120 per cent of the recommended daily amount of vitamin A, with 108 percent of the recommended amount of vitamin C with the same amount of calories.
  4. How to choose a ripe honeydew: Look for the waxy not fuzzy surface of the melon. When you press into it, it should bounce back, and it should feel heavier than its looks in size. One thing I do is smell the navel of the fruit. If it is sweet and aromatic, then I feel it is good.
  5. Cooking with melon: Typically it is eaten raw cut up or in fruit salad, and as we have done a smoothie. It can also be wonderful in chilled soups. Whether using it in a savory or sweet in a warm way is really up to the freedom of your creativity, and I feel it is well worth the adventure.
  6. The abundant capital of honeydews: Cavaillon, a town in Provence France, claims itself to be the capital of Honeydew production. There is a funny story about the novelist Alexandre Dumas. They say he asked for 12 melons a year until his death, in exchange for his work which was donated to the town public library. Fascinating!
  7. Honeydew “The Temptation Melon”: Typically the flesh of the honeydew is green, but I bet you didn’t know that some are orange on the inside. You may be thinking it is a cantaloupe, but know it still has the appearance of the honeydew on the outside, but inside is orange, go figure! This mutant of a melon is called “The Temptation Melon”. There is a new temptation and that is the marriage of honeydew and kiwi!

Enough facts, let’s just use this melon and create  Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie!

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

I think the key elements to a smoothie is first of all fresh fruit, some fruit juice, milk, something sweet and healthy like honey or maple syrup, and for the creamy factor, yogurt. You can take it to a luscious more delectable level and use ice cream, but Nicoletta and I are keeping it healthy and fresh. The only other thing I like to do is put in some ice cubes.

With all that being said, Nicoletta and I decided that honeydew was going to be our main fruit and that some added kiwi will add a nice crisp bite to the mix and keep that lovely color. The fruit juice is a mango peach orange blend. You can use whatever juice your heart so desires, or simply what you have in your fridge. The yogurt, a creamy plain organic, and I only use organic milk as I have become very fond of it. To sweeten the pot some wonderful maple syrup.

I love the simplicity of a smoothie. Nicoletta and I have of late boarded the smoothie train. I feel it has increased my health and metabolism. Whether I have concrete evidence of this is irrelevant. The truth is, it is what I feel and that is good enough for me. In go all the ingredients and a few good pulses and twirls till it becomes smooth and creamy, a little garnish of fresh basil, and your key to a wonderful day. I add the ice cubes last and only a few will do ya.

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

The honeydew kiwi combination gives the color of this smoothie a wonderful pastel calmness. I love the freshness of this smoothie. The honeydew shines through with that sweetness that is subtle and so delicious. Combine in the kiwi and that tart kick is a nice way to break up the flavor profile. The yogurt and its acidity marry very well with the combination of tastes, and the maple syrup smoothens everything over making it a dream like experience. The textures are magnificent. The bits and pieces of melon and kiwi play on the tongue, and that yogurt is so smooth and velvety which makes it feel like a waltz of texture and experience. Those surprise hits of basil awaken the sense of smell and taste, while the ice cubes add a surprise element that aids in the frothiness of this smoothie. I love those little trinkets of crystallized water that melt so lovingly on your palate leaving your mouth feeling fresh and ready for the next excursion.

I believe the first steps you take in the very beginning of the day set the stage for how the day will go. Positive start, positive end provided you keep building on that very same start. Some may say that the day will bring some negative, and that may be true. How you deal with it is crucial. Many say they are loving and kind, and that by denying something means to not be compassionate, loving. I say that you can walk away in the kindest way respecting whatever negative there may be. The most important thing is being kind and loving to yourself, the rest will take care of itself.

Even Bailey our cat wanted to start her day right! So start your day on a great note. Get that blender out and create this wonderful Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie!

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

Good Morning!

Song of the Day: “Dreamers” by The Royal Foundry.

P.S. I am so proud of this Canadian group. Incredible music that is hitting the charts!

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Serving Size: 2-3 servings

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

Ingredients

    Smoothie:
  • 4 sliced wedges of honeydew, skin removed and cut into small pieces
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 1 cup of mango peach orange juice
  • 1/4 cup organic 1% milk
  • 3 Tablespoons organic plain yogurt
  • 1 Tablespoon 100% pure organic maple syrup
  • 3 -4 ice cubes
  • Garnish:
  • chopped fresh basil

Instructions

    Smoothie:
  1. In a blender toss in melon, kiwi.
  2. Pour in fruit juice.
  3. Add in milk, yogurt and maple syrup.
  4. Pulse on a medium speed till mixture starts to smoothen.
  5. Stop blender and add in ice cubes one at a time till all the cubes are in.
  6. Set blender to a medium speed and blend for 1 minute.
  7. Pour smoothie into a tall glass.
  8. Garnish:
  9. Add few chopped fresh basil leaves.
  10. Ready to serve.
  11. Enjoy!

Notes

You can use any juice you want or have. For sweetener, honey or agave syrup work well too.

Honeydew Kiwi Yogurt Smoothie

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14 Comments

  • Reply The FoodOlic August 23, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Nice shot with the kitty wanting to jump in;) I love this mix of sweet honeydew and kiwi! I’ve never tried it before, gotta change that!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 23, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Thank you, always a good sign when the family pets are excited about what you are making,lol. I loved the honeydew kiwi combo. It was so smooth and subtly delicious. I hope you get to try this one.
      Have a great day!
      Loreto

  • Reply Nicole August 23, 2017 at 9:54 am

    High five for joining the smoothie train! Sounds like an excellent combination; I love the tartness that kiwis provide to smoothies.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 23, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      So true Nicole, that tartness in combination with the honeydew is a match made in heaven. Thanks abunch for commenting, we can all ride the smoothie train together.
      Have a wonderful day!
      Loreto

  • Reply mamasecretrecipesca August 23, 2017 at 9:57 am

    The smoothie looks yummy. Love the blend of flavours – sweet honey dew with kiwi, maple syrup, yoghurt and of course basil to add some fragrance. Must be so delicious and soothing, just cannot wait to try it out.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 23, 2017 at 1:31 pm

      The basil added just that bit of sunshine to an already sunny feast. I love the smell of basil so uplifting, add then all those luscious flavors, and we have just the start to the day that we need and deserve!
      Thanks for commenting.
      Cheers!
      loreto

  • Reply Dawn @ Girl Heart Food August 24, 2017 at 6:10 am

    You probably know how much I love my smoothies and this one looks delicious! I’ve never tried that combo before, so now is a good place to start 🙂 Thanks for all the 411 on the melon 😉 Pinned! Have a wonderful weekend, you guys!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 24, 2017 at 10:40 am

      Hi Dawn, thanks for commenting. Love the 411 on the melon, lol. This combo is so good. They say that honeydew is one of the most unliked melon, which I find hard to believe. I am starting a honeydew melon revolution. I hope people try this smoothie, maybe that will change their minds.
      Have a great rest of the week.
      Cheers!
      Loreto

  • Reply Milena | Craft Beering August 24, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    If this smoothie can mesmerize a kitty, I need to try it!! Love the ingredients, especially the zing of the basil.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 25, 2017 at 11:21 am

      Thank you Milena, I have to agree the basil offers a nice surprizing hit of freshness and the melon kiwi combination is incredible with that little bit of maple syrup.
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Loreto

  • Reply meredith August 29, 2017 at 11:46 am

    What a creative flavor combination – it sounds so refreshing! And the addition of a little basil is a great touch. Pinned recipe to try soon!

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 30, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Hi Meredith, yes that basil was a complete moment decision, and so glad we did, it added such a wonderful flavor profile to the smoothie. Hope yopu get to try it!.
      Have a great day!
      Loreto

  • Reply Linda @ 2 Cookin' Mamas August 29, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Honeydew is my favorite melon! How come I never thought to use it in one of my smoothies? Well, you can bet I’ll be trying your smoothie real soon. Have you tried it without the juice, which has a lot of sugar, and added a frozen banana instead. I bet it would still be delicious and you won’t even need the ice.

    • Loreto
      Reply Loreto August 30, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      Hi Linda, great ideas as a matter of fact we did a smoothie this morning with just fruit and a organic tea fruit combo it was absolutely delicious. Nicoletta and I are really enjoying our smoothies in the morning. Thanks for commenting and glad you were inspired by the melon use.
      Cheers!
      Loreto

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