Peaches! Our peaches are almost ripe and this inspired me to spend a morning photographing our tree, plotting recipes and researching this surprising little fruit...
There is just something almost magical about this soft, fuzzy ever-so-delicate fruit with its intoxicating scent and splendid flavor. There is something brilliantly seductive about a fresh peach. A deliciously short-lived Springtime gem the peach also happens to be a fabulously beneficial fruit. Here a just a few of the ways that you can benefit from peaches. I've even included of few of our favorite, springtime recipes for these ripe-and-ready fruits. Although I must agree that fresh-from-the-tree is the best way to enjoy fresh peaches!
The early Chinese described this fruit as the "longevity peach," alluding to the peach's ability to extend your life and help prevent aging. After researching the benefits of this powerful fruit, I tend to agree!
Surprising Benefits of the Powerful Peach
Need an immune boost?
Peaches are packed with phytonutrients which aid in the fight against cancer as well as help to prevent many other health issues.
Over-stressed? Suffering from insomnia?
Peaches contain a natural sedative which can help to reduce anxiety and naturally promote sleep by calming your mind at the end of a long day.
Hungry for a "peaches and cream" complexion?
This is truly beauty from the inside out! The phytonutrients particular to peaches also happen to promote clear, radiant, healthier looking skin. Believe it or not, I even found information about homemade peach facial masks...stay tuned as I have yet to try that recipe.
Peaches contain ingredients that naturally help to ride the human intestinal tract of parasites.
Hoping to prevent the leading cause of death in the United States? Peaches the carotenes, lycopene and lutein, which give the peach its color. Several studies connect these two substances, as effective tools for preventing the leading cause of death in the U.S., heart disease, as well as macular degeneration and cancer.
It may come as surprising that I've gathered so much knowledge about peaches...but I am a lifelong learner, perhaps why I decided to go back to nutrition school! Here are a few more reasons we benefit from peaches...
Need to improve your digestion or urinary tract health?
The darker the peach’s color, the more carotenes it has in its pulp. Ready to improve your eyesight and reduce eye issues associated with aging? Peaches contain a large amount of beta-carotene, which our body converts to vitamin A. Vitamin A is essential in many of the body's functions and research shows that higher amounts of vitamin A in our diet reduces our risk of cataracts.
Suffering from fatigue, anxiety or poor memory?
Peaches provide a high source for the mineral potassium, a shortage of which may be linked to many of these symptoms.
Looking to improve your digestion?
High in insoluble fiber, peaches (and many fruits!) increases the bulk of the stool and help to "clean" the intestines of waste and build. This increases the amount of nutrients our body absorbs and helps to detoxify our system.
Hoping to improve your immune system and reduce the effects of aging?
Peaches are high in vitamin C, the antioxidant that helps boost immunity and prevent cellular damage.
Looking for a great source of iron?
A peach offers almost as much usable iron as spinach. Among a few of its valuable functions, iron is necessary to improve metabolism, build neurotransmitters, produce hemoglobin and antibodies and regulate body temperature.
Ready for a healthy, natural detox?
Peach tea, brewed from the pits, is known in Eastern cultures to be a kidney cleanser and detoxifier.
*Any important note: If you are sensitive to potassium or on a low potassium diet please consult a health care provider or certified health coach before adding peaches to your diet.
Are you ready for peach season? Our May Pride peaches (we're guessing here as we inherited this tree with our home) are almost ripe!
Keep an eye peeled at your local markets for the arrival of peaches over the next month. In the meantime, here are a few of our favorite uses for peaches, and I hope you'll let me know a few of your own. And rest assured, we'll be sharing more delicious peach recipes in the weeks to come...
Of course, nothing beats a fresh-from-the-tree peach, warmed in the morning sun or a late evening peach picked and sliced for dessert.
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Peachy Rabbit Smoothie
2 medium carrots, peeled
1 fresh peach, sliced
6-7 strawberries, rinsed and stems removed (fresh is best but frozen will do in a pinch)
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 Tablespoon flax seed oil
2-3 ice cubes
Add into a blender. Mix until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
Peachy Queen Smoothie
1 ripe banana, sliced
1 peach, sliced
1 cup raspberries
1/2-1 cup milk or non-dairy milk, we use coconut milk
2 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 Tablespoon raw honey, as needed
1 cup spinach
Add ingredients into blender. Mix until smooth. Add additional liquid as needed to reach desired consistency. Enjoy immediately!
Peachy Pie Smoothie
1/2 cup milk or non-dairy milk, such as coconut
1/2 cup yogurt, such as non-dairy coconut
1 cup sliced peaches, skin removed if you prefer
1 tablespoon raw honey, optional if needed!
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch ground nutmeg
Pinch ground ginger
Add 3-4 ice cubes, if desired
Combine in a blender until smooth. Enjoy immediately!
Peach Breakfast Parfait
1 cup yogurt or non-dairy yogurt
1/4-1/2 cup granola, we use Udi's gluten free au naturel granola
1/8 cup raw almonds or other nuts
1 peach, sliced
4-5 strawberries, rinsed and sliced
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1 Tablespoon hemp hearts
Place half of the sliced peaches and strawberries on the bottom of a bowl or wide mouthed glass. Add the yogurt. Top with granola and nuts. Layer the rest of the sliced peaches and strawberries. Sprinkle with flaxseed and hemp hearts. Cover and refrigerate for a quick breakfast the next morning or eat right away. Beautiful and delicious!
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