Cantaloupe and banana smoothie is a great tasting and healthy fruit smoothie recipe that can be consumed during breakfast as a mid-afternoon snack. It is a low calorie concoction loaded with dietary fiber and water that helps to keep you satiated till lunch and promotes weight loss in a healthy way. Flax seeds added to this smoothie make it even healthier by adding a wholesome amount of omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants and soluble and insoluble fiber.
Cantaloupes contain high levels of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, potassium, folic acid, niacin and dietary fiber. Vitamin A and antioxidants present in cantaloupes prevents the growth of tumors and eradicate free radicals that otherwise lead to cancer. It also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease. Vitamin D present in cantaloupe acts as an immune system booster that enhances the body’s capacity to fight with disease causing bacteria, viruses and other toxic foreign bodies. Vitamin A also helps to maintain healthy eyes and provides youthful and healthy skin. Mineral potassium present in cantaloupes helps to lower high blood pressure and relive the feelings of stress and anxiety. Anti-inflammatory effect of cantaloupe reduces the inflammation of joints and muscles and reduces pain and discomfort related to arthritis.
Despite being a high calorie fruit, bananas are extremely healthy because they are loaded with nutrients such as potassium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, magnesium, copper, manganese, dietary fiber and protein. Insoluble fiber called pectin present in bananas form a gel-like consistency in the intensity and slow down stomach emptying which helps to moderate blood glucose levels after meals. Dietary fiber present in bananas acts a prebiotics that support the growth of beneficial gut bacteria which in turn improves digestion. Bananas are a filling fruit that reduce hunger pangs and prevents overeating and unhealthy snacking between meals which aids weight loss.
Flax seeds are an amazing source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (alpha linolenic acid) and antioxidants lignans that have numerous health benefits. Abundance of healthy fats and fiber in flax seeds help to keep you satiated for longer period of time so that you consume fewer calories throughout the day. Flax seeds and high in fiber and low in carbs which help to aid digestion, supports colon detoxification and promotes weight loss. Soluble fiber present in flax seeds prevents absorption of fat and cholesterol in the digestive system which in turn lowers overall cholesterol level. Flax seeds are a gluten-free grain suitable for people with gluten-sensitivity and celiac disease.
Almond milk used in this recipe acts as a thinning agent that provides desired consistency to the smoothie. It is a healthy low calorie substitute for whole milk. It contains wholesome amount of vitamin E, fiber, calcium, iron, B-complex vitamins, potassium, zinc, magnesium, etc. that helps to reduce blood pressure, maintain healthy heart, strengthen the bones and muscles, improve vision and provide healthy skin.
Here is the recipe…
- Cantaloupe chunks – 1 cup
- Almond Milk – ½ cup
- Banana – 1 (cut into chunks)
- Honey – 1 Tablespoon
- Flax seeds – 1 Teaspoon
- Toss cantaloupe pieces and banana slices in the blender.
- Then add flax seeds, honey, and unsweetened almond milk in it.
- Blend them well and pour it into your serving glass.
- Drink this smoothie immediately to get all the nutrients absorbed well into the body and to make you feel full.
- Regular drinking of this smoothie will help you to lose weight.
This is a 100% vegan smoothie free from gluten and dairy products that makes it suitable for people who are sensitive to gluten and lactose.