Summer in Arizona gets brutal when it’s on its peak. With temperatures soaring above 110F staying hydrated, becomes essential. During this time keeping little ones hydrated is a must. We generally tend to give a juice box. These boxes do solve the purpose but also provide extra unwanted sugar. Giving children, homemade fresh juices are always better.
Markets are full of fresh summer produce. So picking up fruits vegetables and making a juice or smoothie is quite simple. In today’s recipe, I have used Cantaloupe. I have added little mint and ginger to this juice for some extra flavor. Cantaloupe with a little flavor of mint and ginger will make your taste buds tingle for sure.
Cantaloupe is a perfect summer fruit. It is filled with vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, fiber, and folate. It has various antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cantaloupes are a part of the cucurbit family of plants (Cucurbitaceae). These also include squashes, pumpkins, cucumbers, gourds, and melons. Cantaloupe, watermelon, honeydew all come under melon family. When choosing this fruit, pick one which doesn’t have any soft spot or bruises. It should have a sweet smell and feel heavy, but not over fragrant which indicates it’s too ripe. If cantaloupe feels too hard and not ripe, leave it at room temperature for few days. Once the fruit is cut refrigerate it immediately.
This juice is a great alternative to a juice box. For kids and parents, this is a wonderful thirst quencher filled with nutrients. Parents can add their favorite alcohol and sip it chilled.
- 1 cup chopped cantaloupe pieces
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 tsp honey/sugar
- 2 mints leaves
- 1/3 tsp grated ginger (optional for babies and toddlers)
- 3 ice cubes
- In a blender, add all the ingredients. Blend everything well.
- Once done, strain the solids if needed.
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Talk to your baby’s Pediatrician before starting any new food.
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