A glass full of juicy + refreshing melon, showered with lime juice, layered with yogurt and topped with pistachios + hemp hearts makes for the perfect healthy treat!
The best things in life are often the simplest. As Laura Ingalls Wilder once wrote, “It is the sweet, simple things of life which are the real ones after all.” Incredibly easy to make, the simplicity of this dish allows pure and simple ingredients to shine through without a lot of fuss. In fact, the most complex thing about this recipe is the melon baller!
Although not quite melon season, I’ve been craving bright, juicy & refreshing flavors that cantaloupe and honeydew melon provide. The secret of this simple dish comes down to its quality ingredients. Finding the perfect melon at the grocer doesn’t have to be tricky. Here are some tips!
Sniff, sniff! To find a ripe cantaloupe or honeydew melon be sure to sniff it for a sweet smell.
Size counts. Often, melon that is a bit heavier for its size is a good indicator that it’s ready to be eaten.
Complexion matters. Pick cantaloupe that is a golden color (avoid green or white melons). When buying honeydew, look for one that is a bit dull. Underripe honeydew will be shiny.
Once you’ve picked out the perfect honeydew and cantaloupe, there’s only a little prep standing in between you and colorful + pretty treat. But perhaps the biggest benefit of these parfaits lie in health benefits low calorie melon provides! Scoop into cantaloupe for a healthy source of folate, fiber and potassium. Cantaloupe is also high in beauty boosting vitamins A (in the form of carotenoids) and C—which can help improve skin and hair quality. In fact one cup provides 100% of the daily recommended intake of both! Honeydew too, is high in fiber and potassium plus vitamins C and B-6. Similar to other B vitamins, B-6 acts as a coenzyme and aids in the creation of serotonin (a neurotransmitter) which helps to regulate sleep and mood.
Health and beauty benefits galore, these extravagantly simple parfaits are perfect as a refreshing after school or work snack. Serve them up chilled for a fancy addition to brunch. After all, Mother’s Day is just around the corner!