SWEET MELON + HEMP SMOOTHIE

Today’s smoothie recipe is fun, nutritious, and full of sunshine. It is like summer in a glass!

Melons are in season right now and are bursting with sweetness. Visit you local grocery store or farmers’ market and you will find gorgeous melons in various shades of gold beaming at you from the produce shelves. Enjoy these delicious late summer fruits while you can, they are so delicious.

Summer is the best time of year to shop at the farmers’ market as there is an abundance of local produce to choose from. I buy so many different fresh fruits each week that I need to come up with creative ways to use them so they don’t go to waste.

Melons are a refreshing and naturally sweet treat perfect for the hot summer days. They are low in calories (54 cal per cup), but provide a broad spectrum of important nutrients: antioxidant vitamins, such as C and A (carotenoids), as well as a great deal of potassium and magnesium, two of the most important alkalizing minerals. Melons are also a good source of dietary fiber and B vitamins which are needed for healthy cell function and metabolism.

This smoothie is a super yummy treat but you can make it even better by adding in a ripe banana, fresh mango and avocado as well as plant proteins and omega 3’s in the form of nutritious seeds like chia and hemp. The combination is absolutely delightful ♥ Enjoy!

[mpprecipe-recipe:12]

Sylvia Alakusheva
Sylvia is a Boston-based yoga teacher, clinical nutritionist and holistic health coach. She is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in NYC and holds a graduate degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport in Connecticut. Sylvia is also certified as an Ayurvedic nutrition specialist and often applies the ancient principles of Ayurveda in her work with patients. Sylvia specializes in weight management, digestive health and elimination diets with a focus on gluten and dairy-free meal options. She is also passionate about women’s health and works to address hormonal imbalances and infertility through healthy diet, lifestyle and supplemental nutrition.