“So refreshing and hydrating … after a day at the beach, my skin absolutely loves this smoothie!”~ Jen
Cool Cantaloupe Cucumber, a popular Ninja Blender smoothie recipe, packs a refreshing nutrient punch. Cool cucumber and cantaloupe livened up with tangy pineapple make this fresh-tasting smoothie not only healthy, but delicious. Perfect for a summer afternoon picnic or a mid-day refresher.
Everything You Need
The Ninja Blender Cool Cantaloupe Cucumber smoothie ingredients are:
Cantaloupe – Cantaloupe is an odd-looking but delicious melon that boasts a unique antioxidant profile. It contains an extremely high amount of the free radical fighting flavonoid beta-carotene, more than just about any other fruit or vegetable. Cantaloupe has been found to support eye health, assist in the production of healthy red blood cells, and contribute to a strong immune system.
Cucumbers – Cucumbers, while commonly mistaken for vegetables, are actually a highly nutritious fruit. They are rich in the antioxidants flavonoids and tannins that have been found to prevent cell damage by blocking harmful free radicals. Cucumbers also help reduce blood sugar and have been shown to prevent some diabetes-related complications.
Pineapples – Pineapples are popular tangy tropical fruit that, surprising to most, originated in South America, not Hawaii. They are absolutely loaded with antioxidants and nutrients, including a ridiculously high amount of vitamin C (1 serving = 131% of the recommended daily intake), manganese, vitamin B6, and thiamin. Pineapples also contain a significant amount of the digestive enzymes bromelain that can help fight pancreatic cancer.
A standard blender is all that is required to make Ninja Blender smoothies. If you are making it for just one person, we recommend using any one of the many available Ninja Single Serve Blenders as they are quick to set up and very easy to clean.
If you are making them for more than one person, we recommend a higher-end Ninja Blender that can process larger loads more efficiently.
For overnight storage, we recommend using a glass or BPA-free airtight container with a resealable lid.
How To Make The Ninja Blender Cool Cantaloupe Cucumber Smoothie
The Ninja Blender Cool Cantaloupe Cucumber smoothie is very easy to make:
- Step 1: Place cantaloupe, cucumber, pineapple, water, and ice into a Ninja Blender and secure the lid.
- Step 2: Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Step 3: Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Step 4: Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
Recipe Tips And Substitutions
If you don’t have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.
Honeydew melon or watermelon can be substituted for the cantaloupe without significantly changing the flavor profile.
- Place cantaloupe, cucumber, pineapple, water, and ice into a Ninja Blender and secure the lid.
- Start the blender on its lowest speed and steadily ramp up to its highest speed. This will reduce wear and tear on the motor and blades, facilitate a more consistent blend, and help prevent food splatter onto the lid and sides.
- Blend for approximately 30 seconds or until a smooth consistency is achieved.
- Pour into a glass for immediate refreshment or place in the refrigerator in an airtight container to enjoy later.
- If you don't have frozen fruit, or simply prefer to use fresh fruit (we totally get that), we recommend adding 1/2 cup of ice to chill your smoothie and give it a pleasing icy texture.
- Honeydew melon or watermelon can be substituted for the cantaloupe without significantly changing the flavor profile.
Serving Size:1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 183Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 235mgCarbohydrates: 74gFiber: 7gSugar: 47gProtein: 21g
Smoothie Frequently Asked Questions
Absolutely, cucumbers are excellent for hydration. They consist of about 95% water, making them one of the most hydrating vegetables available. Consuming cucumbers can help replenish fluids and maintain proper hydration levels, especially during hot weather or after physical activity. Beyond their water content, cucumbers also provide essential minerals called electrolytes, such as potassium, which further support hydration by helping balance fluid levels in the body. Including cucumbers in your diet, whether in salads, smoothies, or just as a refreshing snack, can effectively aid hydration and contribute to overall fluid balance.
Bromelain is a mixture of enzymes found in pineapples, specifically in the fruit’s stem and juice. These enzymes are proteolytic, meaning they help break down protein molecules. Bromelain has gained attention for its potential health benefits. It’s believed to have anti-inflammatory properties, can aid digestion, especially in breaking down proteins in the stomach, and may even support wound healing and reduce swelling. Because of these potential benefits, bromelain is often used in supplement form for various health applications. When consuming pineapple as part of a meal with protein, it can assist in the digestive process, making the protein more accessible for absorption. In my experience, adding fresh pineapple to dishes or beverages not only offers a burst of tropical flavor but also imparts these potential health benefits from bromelain.
More Ninja Blender Smoothie Recipes
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