A delicious dessert that is predominantly fruit but so much tastier. Easy to make and adds a different dimension to a bowl of melon. If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count this easily within your allowances as it is so low-calorie.

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as those given are approximate.

Why melon is great on Slimming World

Slimming World, to my understanding, say melon is a speed food because it has low-calorie density. This means you would have to eat a lot of it for very few calories. Watermelon is a speed food too and both melon and watermelon are free on Slimming World.

Regardless of the weight you eat, Slimming World says that it is free and can be enjoyed without counting it. Of course, it is also within reasonable moderation, we can’t live off melon alone! Too much of anything would never be good, variety is the spice of life and all that!

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Slices of Melon

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Which fruits are best when dieting?

Fruit is great as an addition to a breakfast or dessert. Most fruits are pretty low in calories and good for you. Avocado has high fats so is one to have in moderation. Other fruits such as bananas are more filling and are more calorie-dense so it is usually better to choose melon or an apple over bananas or avocados.

If you follow a specific diet or weight loss plan then they are likely to have specific requirements which usually align with this.

If you cook, puree or blend fruit it is less filling and can be easier to overconsume. It would be so easy to drink a smoothie with a couple of bananas, a mango and an apple in a big glass and still not feel full yet most people would not sit and eat all that fruit in one go whole.

Adding fruit like melon to desserts for weight loss

Even if you are having a synned dessert such as the cheesecake above, adding fruit is ideal as it adds more colour and nutrients. Of course as well, as mentioned above it is lower in calories which is of course good. Why not add some to a fruit pasta salad too?

Melon is great for weight loss as there is so much water in it. I also find it helps me to not become dehydrated as I never drink enough water!

Do you have much water? Melon may be the answer to all your problems if you don’t. Well, not all your problems but any caused by dehydration anyway!

Constipation is affected by dehydration so melon can help if you are blocked up!

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Raspberry chocolate mousse

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melon medley dessert

Spiced Melon Medley

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 10 Minutes
  • Yield: 4 Portions 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Fridge
  • Diet: Low Calorie

Description

A refreshing and tasty dessert full of nutrients and bursting with flavour.


Ingredients

Scale

1 ripe honeydew melon, halved and seeded.

1 ripe cantaloupe melon, halved and seeded.

1/2 small watermelon, seeded.

Fat-free natural fromage frais or yoghurt to serve.

1tbsp sweetener

1/4 tsp crushed cardamom seeds

1 cinnamon stick

finely grated zest of 1/2 orange.


Instructions

To make the syrup put the sweetener, cardamom seeds, cinnamon stick and orange zest into a small saucepan with 250ml of water and bring to the boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.

Remove from heat, discard cinnamon stick and allow to cool.

Using a melon baller make balls of the melons and divide between bowls.

Spoon over the syrup and serve with a dollop of the yoghurt or fromage frais.


Keywords: dessert

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  1. Feel naive that I’d never considered melon in another way other than melon… this was really tasty (and easy too)!