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Melon Mania


Nothing screams summer and the Fourth of July like melons. Melons make for a refreshing and lower-calorie treat this time of year. Folic acid, potassium, vitamin C and fiber are just a few of the nutrients found in a variety of melons. Dietitian, Debbie Guild, shows us which melons are in season and their health benefits. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.


Cantaloupe:

Smell the cantaloupe. If it doesnâ??t have a smell, it likely doesnâ??t have a taste either. You want a musky sweet smell. Touch the cantaloupe. You want the skin to give a little, but

not feel mushy. Cantaloupes are high in beta-carotene and vitamin C.



Honeydew:

This melon should have a golden color; brownish freckling is fine and indicates a very sweet melon. Honeydew should have a sweet smell. Excellent source of vitamin C.


Watermelon:

Look for the â??yellow bellyâ??- a flatter yellowish spot, which Indicates it sat on the vine to ripen. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, as well as high in antioxidants.



All tropical fruits are a good source of fiber. Fiber helps one feel full longer and less likely to overeat. High-fiber foods may be beneficial for lowering the risk for diabetes, heart disease and maintaining a healthy weight.


Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad


All you need:


â?¢ ¼ cup honey

â?¢ 2 tablespoons red-wine vinegar

â?¢ 2 tablespoons finely chopped

fresh mint

â?¢ ¼ teaspoon pepper

â?¢ Pinch of salt

â?¢ 4 cups baby spinach

â?¢ 1 small avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices

â?¢ 16 thin slices cantaloupe (about ½ small cantaloupe), rind removed

â?¢ 1 ½ cups hulled strawberries, sliced

â?¢ 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted




All you do:

1. Whisk honey, vinegar, mint, pepper and salt in a small bowl.

2. Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arrange alternating slices of avocado and cantaloupe in a fan on top of the spinach.





Top each salad with strawberries; drizzle with sesame seeds.

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