Healthy Breakfast Ideas Using Cantaloupe

www.karenrothnutrition.com Holistic Nutrition Consultant, Karen Roth, MS, NC discusses the health benefits of cantaloupe. Cantaloupe is an excellent source of Vitamins A & C. Both powerful anti-oxidants that can prevent or repair damage done by free radicals, those nasty chemicals that lead to disease and cause our bodies to age. In addition to Vitamin A cantaloupe contains a good amount of beta-carotene and beta-carotene is what gives it that rich orange color but it is also great for the health of our vision and for prevention of cataracts. Cantaloupe is a heart healthy food also. Its a very good source of potassium that helps maintain healthy blood pressure. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood that when elevated can lead to stroke and heart disease. Cantaloupe is a good source of both folate and B6 which breaks down homocysteine in the blood. Choosing cantaloupe is easy. It will not ripen after its been picked, so for the most flavorful and nutritious, choose ripe ones. First smell it and it should have a sweet aroma, and it should feel heavy for its size. Once you get it home, it will last about 5 days. If plain sliced cantaloupe is too boring for you, try using half a cantaloupe as a bowl and fill it up with cottage cheese, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, or fill it Greek yogurt and top with chopped nuts. Make a unique fruit salad my taking chunks of cantaloupe and squeeze some lemon or lime juice, toss with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. And if you like a