This wholesome and healthy cantaloupe smoothie is the perfect way to induce weight loss and energize the body. Cantaloupes are a rich source of water that helps to keep you hydrated and its fiber content makes it a filling fruit that keeps you satiated till the next meal. Chia seeds added to this smoothie not only increase its volume, but also add a wholesome amount of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidant to it. Both yogurt and milk added to this smoothie add a smooth and creamy texture and provide much needed protein to it which improves energy consumption in the body and helps to build lean muscle mass while burning fat.
Cantaloupes contain high level of water and fiber that not only help to keep you hydrated, but also aid digestion and weight loss. Dietary fiber adds bulk to stool and regularizes bowel movement which helps to relieve constipation. It also increases the feeling of fullness which in turn reduces hunger and cuts down total calorie intake throughout the day. Cantaloupes are also loaded with antioxidants and beta-carotene that helps to prevent tumor growth and reduce the risk of cancer. Vitamin C found in cantaloupe boosts the immune system by stimulating the production of white blood cells. Vitamin A also promotes healthy skin, protects the vision and reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Potassium, one of the essential minerals found in cantaloupe helps to reduce high blood pressure. The anti-inflammatory qualities of cantaloupe helps to prevent inflammation of joints and bones and relieve pain associated with arthritis.
Chia seeds are one of the best plant sources of polyunsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fatty acids that help to reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol level in blood and boost cognitive performance. Chia also contains high level of dietary fiber (2 tablespoons contain 10g of fiber) that helps to regulate bowel function, increase satiety and reduce inflammation. Dietary fiber along with protein creates gel-like substance in the intestine that slows down digestion and creates effect of satiety which in turn lowers the craving for unhealthy snacks between meals and aids weight loss. The antioxidants in chia seeds provide protection against free radical damage and reduce the risk of cancer. Chia is a 100% gluten-free grain which makes it suitable for people with gluten-intolerance.
Both milk and yogurt used in this smoothie act as thinning agent that helps you to get desired consistency and thickness. Milk and yogurt provide considerable amount of dairy protein along with calcium, B-complex vitamins, vitamin D, potassium and magnesium that aids muscle growth and repair and supports strong and healthy bones. In addition, yogurt also contains wholesome amount of probiotics (healthy microorganisms) that support healthy digestion and boost immune system function.
Here is the recipe…
- Cantaloupe chunks – 2 Cups
- Milk – ¼ Cup
- Yogurt – ½ Cup
- Honey – 1 Tablespoon
- Chia seeds – 1 Teaspoon
- Pour cantaloupe pieces, yogurt and chia seeds in the blender.
- Then add honey and milk to it and blend it at high speed until smooth.
- Drink this weight loss smoothie regularly to cut down the excess calories.
This smooth and creamy cantaloupe smoothie is the perfect food for weight loss that can be consumed as a healthy breakfast replacement. Those who follow a vegan diet or have lactose intolerance can replace milk and yogurt with almond or coconut milk.