Drinks/ Recipes

Cool n’ Creamy Cantaloupe Smoothies

It’s Friday and this is so totally not a real recipe….but please bear with me!

I am in the midst of baking 200 chocolate chip cookies, writing a speech and trying to decide which pair of shoes to wear while presenting at the American Library Association conference (ALA) in Anaheim this weekend. Flats, pumps, heels? Heels would be cute and mature but there’s always the possibility that I will fall flat on my face walking in the door. It’s happened before. Really, I just want to wear my flip-flops but not sure how appropriate that would be on stage. This is clearly a pressing matter and I NEED YOUR HELP!

Okay, I’ll stop shouting. Truth is, I am super duper nervous about speaking to hundreds of librarians this weekend. I think the most people I’ve ever given a real honest-to-goodness speech to was fifteen and that was junior year of high school. I won’t even go into the time I accidentally said another word that sounds a lot like organism while giving an anatomy presentation. It might not sound like a big deal to you, but when you are seventeen, awkward and “going out” with a guy in the front row, it’s a big deal. Heaven help me.

I’ll be at the conference this weekend speaking about the journey leading up to my book, what culinary school was really like and starting this blog. Then we’ll all eat cookies, call it a day and I’ll hop back on a plane back home!

These high-protein smoothies made a lovely lil’ snackie snack. Cantaloupe has been on mega-sale at every market I go to, and to keep up with all that melon I started making afternoon smoothies! Like I said, this isn’t a “real” recipe, as it is a method. You can add whatever you like to these smoothies (additional fruit like bananas would be great!) and enjoy them for breakfasts or snacks on the go.

I hope y’all have a great Friday! If you need me, I’ll be buried under fifty pounds of chocolate chip cookie dough.

Cantaloupe Smoothies

makes 2 large smoothies (about 16 oz each)

Print this recipe!


1 cantaloupe, seeded scooped out and roughly chopped

1 cup Greek yogurt (I used 2%. I wouldn’t recommend using nonfat because it won’t turn out as creamy)

2 tbsp honey

1 cup ice


Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add more/less ice depending on personal preference. Enjoy!


5 minutes

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  • Kayla
    June 22, 2012 at 3:31 am

    i consider this a real recipe! it looks delicious and it’s the perfect snack/post-dinner treat on these scorching summer days we’ve been having (100 degrees in Vermont…what!!?) ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rachel
    June 22, 2012 at 3:52 am

    Hi Jenna,

    I’ve been reading your blog for literally years,
    In that time I’ve see you deal with all sorts of cr*p from intimidating to heartbreaking on a scale I hope to not experience, and you keep going and getting better.
    We’ve seen you evolve into someone really brave and fun and relaxed. You seem a lot more relaxed these days.
    Don’t worry about what you could do wrong, think about all the amazing stuff you’ve done right and how you really do get to people with your blog. You’re writing a book because someone saw how well people respond to you on your blog. The librarians are just more people. People who love to read, your kind of people.
    As for the shoes go with simple kitten heels, they have all the sophistication and prettiness of a heel, with way less chance of falling and a far higher degree of comfort.
    I hope this wasn’t weird, I’m not crazy I swear, I’ve just been reading this for a long time and wanted to help.

    Good Luck.

    • Mom
      June 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      ~ love ~

  • Kristen @ notsodomesticated
    June 22, 2012 at 4:05 am

    Good luck to you during your speech!! I’m sure you’ll do great … you are no longer that “awkward” 17 year old we all used to be! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Karen
    June 22, 2012 at 4:32 am

    Best of luck, Jenna, but no worries – you will win the audience over with your personality and charm, and of course your cookies! Just do your thing…stay in the moment and enjoy!:)

  • Molly @ RDexposed
    June 22, 2012 at 4:41 am

    Bahahaha. I have always been concerned about making that mix up!

  • Kristin @ Iowa Girl Eats
    June 22, 2012 at 4:43 am

    Not a bad place to be on a Friday morning! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’ve been inhaling cantaloupe lately – they’re sweeter than candy right now! Definitely trying this frosty smoothie sometime soon.

    GOOD LUCK at your speech! You’ll do great! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Liz @ Blog is the New Black
    June 22, 2012 at 4:45 am

    GOOD LUCK! Annnnd I have that glass- Target?

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    June 22, 2012 at 4:49 am

    Mmm these sound good!! I’ve been buying tons of cantaloupe lately too (why is it that watermelon isn’t on sale even half as often as cantaloupe is?!) and recently made a lighter blended cantaloupe slushie-like drink (http://eat-spin-run-repeat.com/recipes-2/?recipe_id=6025772). I’m going to try your recipe (or non-recipe!) next!
    PS. I’d go for the pumps if I was you – I’m sure the librarians will all think you’re fab!

  • Heather @ Girlyeverafter
    June 22, 2012 at 5:24 am

    You’ll do great this weekend! The positive is that you’re speaking about something you know and are passionate about. It makes speaking to an audience so much easier than in college when you have to talk about a topic you crammed for;)

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    June 22, 2012 at 5:25 am

    Good luck – you’ll do great! And I’d go with heels – more professional onstage. Flats don’t have the same effect during a presentation like that, in my opinion.

  • Katina
    June 22, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Looks awesome! Love your new picture ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Arlene
    June 22, 2012 at 5:52 am

    Good luck Jenna. Just stay calm and you will do amazing! I would recommend wearing heels.

  • Ali @ Gimme Some Oven
    June 22, 2012 at 5:59 am

    I vote some really fun heels! Kick things up a notch. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    You’ll be great! And THIS looks so fresh and tasty for summer!

  • Barbara
    June 22, 2012 at 6:09 am

    These would also probably taste very good if put into ice pop molds!

  • amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    June 22, 2012 at 6:11 am

    Delicious! I love the “not real” recipes. They’re usually the easiest to make and easiest to eat (cause they’re just so good)!
    Good luck on your presentation Jenna…you will do great (hopefully in talking about food you won’t have to get into any – ehem – “science” terms)! LOL.
    Cheers and happy weekend to you.

  • brandi
    June 22, 2012 at 6:24 am

    you’ll be great! i say heels if it’s not a super long time standing up there, especially if you have ones that are comfy.

    hopefully you won’t be talking about organisms in this speech ๐Ÿ™‚ i’ve had equally embarrassing public speaking moments.

  • Cait's Plate
    June 22, 2012 at 6:43 am

    Oooh I LOVE this idea! I never would’ve thought to use cantaloupe in smoothies (no idea why!) but I bet it’s incredible.

  • Ruthie
    June 22, 2012 at 6:52 am

    From an actual librarian ๐Ÿ™‚ – I would go with the pumps or flats. Whatever makes you feel confident and comfortable! Good luck! Wish I could be at ALA to see your presentation!

  • Nakia
    June 22, 2012 at 7:02 am

    This makes me wish I didn’t have a cantaloupe allergy.

  • Alicia @ The Reluctant Home Cook
    June 22, 2012 at 7:24 am

    Go with comfortable kitten heels! You will feel more professional and confident with a slight heel. I give a lot of presentations for work and suggest writing out your introduction to get started and then go with an outline and key points for the body of the speech. Write out a brief conclusion to finish strong. And remember that silence is okay when you transition to another topic – much better than saying “um” or using another filler word. Hope that helps – you’ll do great!

  • Khushboo
    June 22, 2012 at 7:28 am

    Love cantaloupe & banana smoothies with vanilla essence blended in!

  • Elisabeth
    June 22, 2012 at 7:38 am

    So exciting that you’re speaking at the ALA conference – you’ll knock ’em dead! Can’t wait to read your book on my Nook ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Margarita
    June 22, 2012 at 7:55 am

    i’ve always been for comfort and safety over sexy, so i would say some cute peep-toe ballet flats… but women always look better with heels, so bring both and see how you feel when you get there, maybe?

    good luck! you will do just fine… if you need to, bring a little thing you can grip in your hand while talking. maybe a paper clip or a little stick. that works for some people. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Caroline L.
    June 22, 2012 at 7:56 am

    Sounds refreshing and perfect for summer!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    June 22, 2012 at 7:59 am

    Good luck Jenna, you’ll do a fantastic job of your speech, I just know it. As someone wise once said to me, “it’s never as bad as your brain tells you that it is.” Just focus on those chocolate chip cookies that you’ll get to enjoy at the end of it all. ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and go for the pumps! xoxo.

  • Erin
    June 22, 2012 at 8:23 am

    I’m going to be at ALA this weekend too! I can’t wait to hear your presentation on Sunday…I’ve been reading for a long time and it will be so fun to hear you in person…my friends are jealous they chose non-librarian careers! : )

    FYI most conference attendees will prob be in flats because we have to walk around so much, so if you do go that route, nobody is going to think anything of it! : )

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out
    June 22, 2012 at 8:24 am

    I work for a university in graduate school for library and info science and all of my bosses are at the ALA conference right now! I’m kiiiiiiiiinda jealous that they get to see you!

    Good luck, you will be wonderful =)

  • Cait H.
    June 22, 2012 at 8:43 am

    You’ll be great for the librarians! Good luck! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Winnie Nicole
    June 22, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I have been a fan of your blog for a few years. I know you will do a superb job this weekend. I wish you were having a meetup because I live in Newport Beach. Good luck ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    June 22, 2012 at 9:03 am

    My sister and mom would love this! They are HUGE cantaloupe fans. I love the adorable glass you used!

  • Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever
    June 22, 2012 at 9:43 am

    Hope your talk goes well. Can’t you get away with flips anywhere/anytime in CA? I where flips all the time!

  • Deanna B.
    June 22, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Good luck on you speech! If you get the chance, hop over to Downtown Disney and go to Catal. Its amazing.

  • Maura @ My Healthy 'Ohana
    June 22, 2012 at 10:20 am

    I am loving cantaloupes right now, can’t wait to try this smoothie!!

  • lindsey
    June 22, 2012 at 10:26 am

    do you have any dressy/professional-ish wedges? Kind of a rare breed, but more stable and they give a lower possibility of trippage.

    can’t wait to try the cantaloupe smoothie! I’m on a big smoothie kick these days. thanks!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    June 22, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Smoothies are definitely needed on hot afternoons. I am loving that cantaloupe has been super affordable and delicious this week.

  • Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    June 22, 2012 at 10:42 am

    I’m sure you’ll do fine, but you are much braver than me! I do not like public speaking…..but I’m sure at some point God will place me in that position. Something about conquering my fears and all lately, challenging myself. I’m all about that part…but the thought of public speaking makes me what to hide. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Love this idea….don’t know why I never thought of canteloupe in smoothie. Totally what I might now do with some peaches that are starting to not look so pretty. Thanks!!

  • Lee, Anytime Health
    June 22, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I consider this a “real recipe.” It requires some elbow grease ๐Ÿ™‚ As for your speech, GOOD LUCK! I get really excited about public speaking until about 5 minutes before I go on. Then I freak out and my heart stops. After the first minute or so, I calm down. I think it’s all worth it though. The after feeling is AMAZING!

  • Gennin
    June 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Good Luck with your speech! I hate giving speeches too. Sweaty palms, very sweaty palms. And, I’m always afraid I’m going to burp for some reason. Never have, but always afraid. As for the shoes, wear whatever is comfortable for you EXCEPT for flip-flops. Anyways, good luck, don’t burp and I can’t wait to hear all about it!

  • Urban Wife
    June 22, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    Jenna, you are going to be fabulous! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have fun!

  • Sloane @ Life Food and Beer
    June 22, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    This looks so refreshing. Heels always make me feel more confident. Walk slow ๐Ÿ™‚ Good Luck!!!

  • em @ simplypresent
    June 22, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    That smoothis looks so incredibly refreshing! So “summery” too!

    Good luck at the conference. I’m not a fan of public speaking, but I’m usually fine – energized even – once I settle in.

  • Kelly
    June 22, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    This screams summer to me! I hate all melons except cantaloupe…so this is perfect!

  • jenna
    June 22, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    i hope you do great! good luck! i think thats so fun you get to go. what an honor.

  • The Blissful Baker
    June 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Woah! With the hot hot summer weather here-that recipe would hit the spot!

    Check out my latest recipe @ bakingblissful.blogspot.com

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    June 22, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    Recipe sounds easy and great. Maybe I’ll leave off the yogurt and add red wine, lemon, and basil leaves instead. You say these are for breakfast?! I’m shocked ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’d go with flats. Anaheim is a vacation town.–it’s probably at the convention center as most of these things are, and often very hot towards July. Heels during the day down there seem overdressed/trying too hard. You might need to walk far, and if you’re comfortable, you’ll feel more relaxed. IMO.

    I love author talks and have gone to 200+ over the years….only one made a less than favorable impression: Caroline Kennedy. The gal is worth several hundred million, has the best education, and every other word is “um”. Distracting.

    Just be yourself, speak like you’re talking to friends. Which you really are as librarians are predisposed to like you. You’ll do great. They aren’t expecting Einstein, ya know ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Just go easy on the breakfast wine coolers.

  • Mom
    June 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Jennifer ~ You are one lucky young lady to have all this loving support around you. I laughed out loud at many of the comments (out of love and thank you !) I did leave my little comment with #2. You will be fabulous. And definitely a heel !!

  • Full-Flavored Life
    June 22, 2012 at 5:48 pm

    This looks so refreshing! Yum!

  • rose
    June 22, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Cantaloupe is my favourite!! This looks so great.
    Just had to drop a line to say I made the EXACT same mistake for a word that sounded like “organism” in an 8th grade science presentation. I have never forgotten it.. Still makes me squirm and cringe!!! Haha.. the most awkward moment.
    And I would do some low kitten heels ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Kat
    June 22, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    I’m a librarian. You will be great. Trust me!

  • Moni Meals
    June 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

    Nice smoothie recipe, I thought I was the only one who made cantaloupe smoothies! this looks great. ๐Ÿ™‚
    You’ll do great!

  • Grace (Graceful Eats)
    June 23, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    You just may have convinced me to try cantaloupe…for some reason, I’m not as crazy about it as I am about other fruits. And you’ll do great!! ๐Ÿ™‚ Remember – you love to read + librarians love to read. Therefore, they’ll love you! ๐Ÿ˜‰ And I agree about kitten heels. Or low, comfy wedges! xoxo

  • Colleen
    June 24, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    My mom Stephanie is a librarian and she is at the ALA conference. My sister and I have been reading your blog for years and told my mom to definitely check out your presentation. She just sent me a picture of her with you at the conference–made my day! Hope you’re having a great time and I can’t wait to check out your book in the fall!

  • Liz Gregg
    June 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I remember the moment of your scientific slip-up like it was yesterday. Hilarious. Best of luck with your presentation. You’ll be fabulous and just think, no matter what happens, in 10 years you can look back and laugh! Good luck, Jenna and congrats.

  • Liz@The Intrepid French Learner
    June 24, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    What shoes did you end up wearing?

    As a librarian who has attended many an ALA convention, I would say anything goes… if you don’t dress like a bag lady, you’ll be the best-dressed woman there. ๐Ÿ™‚ I kid… sort of.

    I guess I would have recommended flats.

  • Michelle
    June 25, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    Ooo canteloupe would be good! very smooth. Strawberries have been on sale here this week. Icut and froze dozens and dozens of strawberries this past weekend for my smoothies in the morning. No more rotten strawberries for me! Saves so much money.

  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    June 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    all i can think about is adding coconut rum to this. i seriously think i’m doing this tomorrow.

  • Crystal
    July 1, 2012 at 2:00 pm

    Just made this and it was good! I didn’t have any ice and I added half a cucumber and some almond milk. Refreshing! Happy summer!

  • Natalie
    July 19, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    I just made this for lunch today and added a little vanilla soymilk and frozen banana, and it was delicious! My three-year-old also slurped it up, and we can’t wait to make it for my husband for breakfast tomorrow. Thanks for suggesting this refreshing departure from our regular old smoothies.

  • Brett Alexander
    October 15, 2012 at 6:50 am

    Just love the recipe! Any chance i can use it on my site – with a link of course!! The recipe would go under http://smoothiepassion.com/smoothie-recipes/ Keep up the great work, Brett xx

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