Ah, blissful summer is here. Full of fresh produce and beautiful mornings. I recently got a great deal on peaches and tomatoes at local Marker Miller Orchard. They have a section called “#2” produce. It’s like second chance, second look kinda stuff- usually it is either a bit older, bruised or unattractive in some way. You may be wondering ‘why would you want to buy this stuff?’ Well sometimes the stuff does look gross and I would never spend my money on it. But often it is perfectly fine and I have gotten some great deals! My whole eggplant series was because I got a whole box of perfectly good eggplant from the #2 section for just a few bucks! Those eggplants lasted several weeks too! Well this week I got 4 huge tomatoes for $2 and a bag of at least 12 slightly bruised but very tasty peaches for $2! Great sale and fresh local produce- could it get any better? OK, so besides eating the peaches plain, here is a great idea of something to do with them:
First I start with 2 ice cubes and sliced peaches (skin and all- the skin has great nutrients and fiber!)
Then I grind a few tablespoons of flax seed and rolled oats in the coffee grinder and add to the mix.
Last, blend it all together, put in a fancy glass and take a moment outside to enjoy the beautiful morning God has given you.
What is good for you in this?
Peaches: A great source of potassium (which I just learned that you may be low in if you are on diuretics or sweat profusely!) Also a good source of beta-carotine which the body turns into vitamin A which is great for the eyes, helping to prevent cataracts. Other good eye nutrients in peaches are lycopene and lutein which not only benefit the eyes but also the heart. Peaches are also of course a good source of fiber and vitamin C.
Greek Yogurt: Yes, yes this may seem like a health fad sweeping the nation, but Greek yogurt really is good for you. Especially if you are a low meat eater and need to be sure you are getting enough protein. Greek Yogurt has twice as much protein as regular yogurt with absolutely no fat along with lower sugar, sodium and carbs. It is a bit tart but with fruit and/or granola added, it is good.
Coconut Milk: Personally I think Soy milk has too good of a reputation. For one thing most of our country’s soy is genetically modified- 2nd non organic livestock is usually fed large amounts of soy and corn and soy is in most snack foods and mayonnaise- so I think we are getting plenty of it without having to drink it too. “So Delicious” brand coconut milk is organic and non-GMO. Coconuts provide good nutrients such as medium chain fatty acids- a good fat that we use easily as energy instead of storing it. So Delicious coconut milk has added nutrients such as vitamin B12 (something vegans and vegetarians often lack) and is a good source of Calcium.
Flaxseed: A great source of omega 3’s, it is an anti-inflammatory, protects bone health, can lower cholesterol and can protect against heart disease, diabetes and cancer. 2 tablespoons gives you about 4 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber. It does give the smoothie a bit of a texture, but it doesn’t bother me.
Rolled Oats– I added rolled oats for the same reason I added flaxseed. It has good nutrients and health benefits including protein and fiber.