Salted Cantaloupe Coconut Water Smoothie

This smoothie missed it's opportunity as the world's most delicious no-sugar added popsicles. Feel free to take your mix and make some. It's also really good as a smoothie, which is what I made out of it. So, it's been irrationally, inconceivably hot here, but I've heard the tale of the return of El Niño. I heard it through the hills, or my mom who read it in the LA Times. I am sorry if you live in one of those houses on the cliffs, but I, for one, cannot wait to have my whole yard flooded and messy and stand in the rain, and do yoga in the rain, and go to the beach, again, in the rain. All of life will be complete once El Niño rains its terror-induing traffic jams and floods and magic and fills those reservoirs that have been so depleted and we'll all be able to take a normal length shower without having a self-induced guilt trip about it. 

Until then, it's still hot as the day is long and I need to stay hydrated and keep my electrolytes balanced. So, salty smoothies it is. I've been reading about the benefits of natural salts — not table salt — for keeping mineral and electrolyte balance in the body. I take a pretty hefty dose of magnesium daily, because it used to be found in water, but alas, no more. Well, maybe in some water sources, but not in conventional sources. Plus, it's a very low-toxicity mineral, unlike iron (not an electrolyte, but it is a microelement, I enjoyed reading this) and calcium which can build up over time causing different problems. So, I take the magnesium in the evenings, cause it's good for the circadian rhythms, and the like. It's also the relaxation mineral. So, if you've developed any muscle twitching or spasms, it's likely you need it.

So now that you're up to date on that, salt has such a bad rap, but we crave it so heavily and why? Well, like many of the issues in our food sources, the salt we typically eat has been heavily refined and doesn't share the same traits with the salt our bodies are meant to eat. Same with the refining process of sugar. Sugar used to tag along with many important vitamins found in fruit and we ate it because it was delicious and we knew we could get benefit out of it, but alas, no more. Now, we get the flavor but not the benefit, it's the fashion not function method to eating.  

Here's what you'll need:

  • 1/2 of a medium cantaloupe
  • 1 cup of coconut water - I used Zico Pineapple Mango
  • 2 cups of ice
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Himalayan salt - You can go as high as 1/2, but I would start low, just so you don't ruin your smoothie. 

Directions: 

  • Blend all ingredients until smooth, serve cold.