Serves 1, 1 'loupe per person
1 ripe cantaloupe
Halve cantaloupe and scoop out seeds. Scoop 1/2 flesh into blender and add cardamom, blend until smooth. Sip alongside the other half, scooping right out of it's natural bowl.
This is a perfect treat in the heat of summer. Ripe melon has naturally sweet cooling properties that offset the fire element in the pitta dosha.
When to drink:
When it’s hot AF
When you overdid last night and need a very light breakfast to boost digestion
After a run to rehydrate
On an empty stomach! Melons do not combine well with other foods. Drink this and then wait an hour to eat a meal. All the books on Ayurveda warn against eating or drinking melon right after a meal as fruit ferments when mixed, especially melon, which can cause discomfort. I always eat fruit first thing in the morning, or during the long stretch between lunch and dinner, closer to dinner, to hold me over and "eat my water".