Easy Sometimes you just want something easy and fresh for breakfast. I love the combination of cubed cantaloupe and sliced bananas. You get the fresh, cool moisture from the cantaloupe and the natural creaminess and sweetness of the banana. You could blend up a smoothie, but if you don’t want to take that much time (or wash the container!), why not just take out a bowl and do a little slicing for an easy vegan breakfast?
A single serving size should include one cup of cantaloupe with one small banana.
Selecting Your Fruit
Take a look at my picture… see how the cantaloupe glistens? I can almost smell it! That means it’s ripe and will be loaded with flavor. That’s true of the bananas, also. You can see they have ripened past the hard stage and are now a little soft.
You want to make sure your cantaloupe has ripened correctly, otherwise it won’t have much taste or it might be mushy. It should have a golden/tan color and the blossom and root ends should be firm. This will ensure your melon is sweet and juicy. Take a few minutes to watch this video.
It seems everyone has a preference on how rip their banana should be. One of my brothers insists on eating his bananas when the skin is green. On the other hand, my mother like hers to be yellow and soft. I prefer mine somewhere in the middle when I serve it with other fruit. When they get too ripe, I put them in the refrigerator and use them in my smoothies. Yes, the skin will turn black, but that’s OK!
Cantaloupe is a good source of vitamin A in the form of carotenoids, which are the plant pigments. They are about 30 times higher than the beta-carotene content of fresh oranges. Carotenoids have an important antioxidant function of deactivating free radicals — single oxygen atoms that can damage cells by reacting with other molecules. Remember, free radicals are very damaging to the body and one cause of aging.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium, which is important for controlling your heart rate and blood pressure. There is an abundance of fiber in bananas which helps keep your digestive system regulated. And one of the best things is that bananas grow on trees and have their own protective skin, making them GMO and pesticide free. Keep your eye on the current list of planned GMO crops because I’ve heard rumblings of bananas eventually turning up on the GMO list. Until then, you can safely purchase non-organic bananas.
What’s your favorite vegan breakfast? Sometimes I eat the same thing for days or a week. It’s best to keep rotating your food, but hey – sometimes you just want to eat what you love!
P.S. I have specific recipes and meals that I love to eat all the time. That keeps it simple and doesn’t take up a lot of my time. Then when I want to spend time in the kitchen, I look forward to it and I try something new.
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