Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie from The Kale and Caramel Cookbook

A melon recipe and a cookbook giveaway!

Remember my friend Lily Diamond?  The one who washes her face with honey?  Her cookbook, Kale and Caramel: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table has just come out, and I am bursting to tell you all about it.  Over the last couple years, I’ve grown close to Lily, and I’ve watched as she pours her heart and soul into everything she does.  And this book is an extension of who she is.  She is generous, patient, smart, loving, and talented.  She’s given me advice about everything from pillows at Target to some difficult career decisions.  When I’m around Lily, I actually feel myself getting calmer.  I feel myself healing.

Melon Smoothie Recipe for Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie from Kale and Caramel Cookbook

Lily and I got together recently and did a little Q&A about the book (see video at the bottom of this post).  This was before I actually got to hold those bound pages in my hand – and once I did, I cried.  I did!  I’m so proud of my dear friend – her stories, her recipes, and her beautiful photography (witness some, below).  All the recipes are vegetarian, focusing on a different flower or herb in each chapter.  There are things for your tummy, your face (yes, the honey recipe is in there!) and the mind/body.  She actually made me a batch of the Lavender Oat Milk Bath, and my skin was smooth for days.

I don’t even think Lily knows about my obsession with melons.  I’ve been wanting to incorporate more smoothies into my morning routine, and this recipe from the cookbook is screaming my name.

There is a giveaway!  One U.S. Reader will win a copy.  All you have to do to enter is tag a friend on this Instagram photo.  I’ll select a random winner in a few days.  Tomorrow night (Tuesday) there is a book release party at Rolling Greens – if you’re in Los Angeles, please come!  I’ll be there, and so will Lily, signing copies and feeding us.

Also, a random FYI that since I’m no longer posting my day-to-day stuff here, follow along on social media (@mslynnchen everywhere) or sign up for my mailing list where I’ll try and include more weekly updates.

Photo copyright © 2017, Lily Diamond

Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1-2

Recipe printed with permission from The Kale and Caramel Cookbook.

Lily says: "This is the perfect drink to make as a hot afternoon snack or a quick morning pick-me-up. Melons contain hefty amounts of vitamins A and C and are full of lycopene, all of which help eliminate free radicals and regenerate the body’s tissues. Ginger serves as an anti-inflammatory, and mint will freshen your perspective and soothe a finicky belly."


  • 1/2 large chilled cantaloupe, seeds and flesh scooped out, or 2 cups frozen
  • 1/2 lime, peeled and seeded
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated ginger, or to taste
  • 4 ice cubes, cracked
  • 15 fresh mint leaves


  1. Place the cantaloupe in a blender.
  2. Add the lime, ginger, and ice cubes to the blender and blend until smooth.
  3. Add the mint and blend or pulse on low until the leaves are broken down into small flecks.
  4. Pour and drink!
  5. Make it into a cocktail by adding rum or vodka.


Copyright © 2017 by Lily Diamond from KALE & CARAMEL: Recipes for Body, Heart, and Table published by Atria Books, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.


4 thoughts on “Cantaloupe Mint Smoothie from The Kale and Caramel Cookbook

  1. Lily | Kale & Caramel

    Lynn oh Lynn oh Lynn. How happy I am that you’re in my life, and how honored I am to be on The Actor’s Diet today. Thank you for your sweet words. They were an excellent reminder in a very hectic moment to take some of my own calm medicine :). And I *do* know about your melon obsession!! Because I made that melon mask for you once, remember? Ha! Let’s make more melon things. I’m so happy you love the book. I love you. Can’t wait to celebrate with you tomorrow!

  2. wi gular

    Here in the Phil. we scrape the meat, put ice (cubes or shaved) and sugar. That’s it!
    Thanks for sharing the cantaloupe mint smoothie recipe, another take on a refreshing drink.

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