July = Peaches & Pools

Monday, July 30, 2012


It's officially the dog days of summer and one of my favorite treats during the hot, humid month of July is eating  fresh, juicy peaches!  Peaches have a naturally sweet taste which make them a perfect dessert.  They are low in calories (only about 50 calories for a large peach) and they have a plethora of nutrients.

Reasons why you should reach for a peach:
  • They are high in fiber which helps to lower cholesterol.
  • They contain niacin or "Vitamin B3" which plays a role in energy metabolism in your body.
  • They have 310 mg of potassium. Potassium helps your heart stay strong and fight the effects of cholesterol.
  • They are high in antioxidants–betacarotene which converts to Vitamin A, essential for a healthy heart, and Vitamin C which helps fight cancer by improving the immune system and preventing cellular change.
Peaches are best eaten raw and I would suggest buying organic.  When peaches are cooked they lose up to 80% of their nutrients and they are on the "dirty dozen" list.  This is a list of foods with the highest pesticide residue.  To ensure that you get the best peach experience, I am going to share an amazing raw peach cobbler recipe.  It's super delicious and very easy to prepare.  I think you will find this one a crowd pleaser.

ingredients = pistachios, vanilla bean, dates, peaches

sliced peaches with vanilla bean
RAW PEACH COBBLER serves 4
Ingredients:
8 organic peaches sliced to make 4 cups
1 vanilla bean
Tbsp of agave or maple syrup (optional)
1/2 cup pistachio nuts
5-7 pitted dates
a pinch of salt

Directions:
1. Peel and slice peaches into bite-size pieces
2. Cut vanilla bean in half and scrape out beans
3. Mix the vanilla beans into the sliced peaches, add agave or maple syrup for a touch of sweetness if desired
4. Place pistachio nuts, dates and a pinch of salt into a food processor and pulse until you have a nice crumble texture (be sure not to over process here as you will end up with a sticky ball)
5. Serve peaches in a pie plate or in individual bowls with the crumble on top
Savor the sweetness!




3 comments:

  1. oh man, that looks amazing! Gonna try this ASAP.

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  2. I have tried this recipe and it is delicious!

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  3. Can't wait to try this. Your peach picture is amazing.

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