Cantaloupe For An Easy Healthy Breakfast

Cantaloupe for Breakfast

August 20, 2012   23 Comments

I want to know which creative thinker came up with a "bread" bowl. That person was ON to something. Of course, most of us need to avoid bread bowls (especially if they are filled with a clam chowder).

Snack Girl has come up with her own BOWL concept. A cantaloupe bowl! For a mere 100 calories (or less depending on the size of your bowl), you have a great way to get your fill of fruit to start your day.

I added 1/2 cup of low-fat yogurt and some blueberries. On average, you will have 200 calories, 25% of your daily value of Calcium, 192% of your DV of Vitamin C, and 9 grams of protein.

AND, you have fewer dishes to wash.

(The plate in this photo was used for photographic purposes. No dish was dirtied eating this breakfast - just a spoon :)

Don't tell me you don't have time to make this. It is almost as fast as a bowl of cold cereal.

You can also add some granola (for crunch) and any other fruit to the top. The idea is to add more protein to the cantaloupe withe the yogurt so that you don't get hungry later in the day.

It also takes a WHILE to eat it. This is not a grab and go breakfast - and that is a GOOD thing. Savor the lovely flavor of fresh cantaloupe.

If you don’t like cantaloupe, you can use honeydew melon. Other great stuff to put in your melon bowl:

  • cottage cheese with cinnamon or pepper
  • chicken salad
  • feta cheese and lime juice

Have you tried a cantaloupe bowl?

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Cantaloupe Bowl Recipe

1 cantaloupe
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
10 blueberries

Cut cantaloupe in half and spoon out seeds. Save one half in fridge of later use. Spoon yogurt into cantaloupe and add blueberries. Grab a spoon and enjoy!

For medium sized cantaloupe = 101 calories, 2.0 g fat, 14.2 g carbohydrates, 7.0 g protein, 0.6 g fiber, 97 mg sodium, 2 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only.
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First 20 Comments: [ see all 23 ]

This is such a great idea! I'm having a total "duh!" moment here. Thanks for the tip.

on August 17, 2012

Theres only 100 cals in a half of a cantaloupe? thats something I find amazing

on August 17, 2012

This is brilliant!!!! Thank you!

on August 17, 2012

Love the cantaloupe bowl!! I have done this myself!! I have a cantaloupe on the counter, think I'll make this for tomorrows breakfast!!

on August 20, 2012

Such a great idea. I can't wait to try it. I'll be sharing your idea with my clients for sure.

on August 20, 2012

I have had a cantaloupe bowl as a little girl. My dad would fill it with vanilla ice cream! This is so much better for the health/weight conscience! Thanks!

on August 20, 2012

raspberries also go good with cantaloupe. Sweet and tart.

on August 20, 2012

I've used low fat cottage cheese with peaches, or strawberries. I've also used a large tomato, cored and sliced in 4 pieces and stuffed it with tuna or chicken salad made with celery, chopped onions and low fat mayo. This is a great lunch as well and you can eat the entire thing (although you may have to wash the dish and knife and fork).

on August 20, 2012

Can you tell my how to pick out a "good" cantaloupe? Thanks.

on August 20, 2012

I love it and I share it all over the place. Have a great day.

on August 20, 2012

I used to be obsessed with eating a 1/2 papaya topped with yogurt and granola. But, living in Chicago, the chances of finding a good papaya are slim to none. So using a cantaloupe is a great idea! Thanks for the tip!

on August 20, 2012

I love low fat vanilla yogurt or cottage cheese in a cantaloupe bowl. I'm glad to see others are doing it. I have an old timey long handled teaspoon that I use especially for this. The edge of the spoon is thin so it cuts right into the cantaloupe and holds a delicious mouthful of the melon and yogurt. Yum!

on August 20, 2012

Wonderful idea! I love cantaloupe this time of year. However, here in southwest Indiana, we've had an outbreak of salmonella from our locally grown cantloupe--a special kind called Posey Co. melons. They really are the best kind of cantaloupe. So, if you purchase from a farmer's market or stand, be sure to wash the outside very well with soap and water!

on August 20, 2012

I love this idea!!!!

on August 20, 2012

I love melons!!! I second the idea in Teresa Ahrenholtz's comment on 8/20/12--- wash the outside with a scrub brush before cutting open, cuz even tho not eating outside, the germs can transfer from your knife to the inside portion of the melon.

on August 20, 2012

Fantastic idea! I can not wait to try this!!

on August 20, 2012

Love it! I like to fill mine with banana slices, walnuts and a little drizzle of agave nectar. :o)

on August 20, 2012

What about the sugar intake with fruit, or are you just watching calories?

on August 21, 2012

@Jenny, the way I pick a good cantaloupe is to smell it: if it smells sweet and smells like a cantaloupe, it's probably a good one. Another thing I do is to buy my melons from a local organic farm that sells at the farmers' market; I always know I'll get a good melon from their stand.

on August 22, 2012

Beautiful! I love it!

on August 24, 2012

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