Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Millions of Peaches...Peaches for Me

Remember that song? Anyone know what it actually means? Fill me in if you can.

In an ongoing attempt to eat more fruits, vegetables and natural foods, I present to you....

"The Peach Smoothie."

Don't think I can't hear you naysayers out there.... "Smoothies aren't that healthy.... they are misleading, etc." In response, I say to you, "I did my research! There are healthy fruit smoothies out there!"

With my master googling skills, I used the search term: "Healthy Fruit Smoothie - Meal Replacement." I had 2 goals:

1) Switch up my breakfast routine with a fruit smoothie. My typical breakfast options of oatmeal, eggs or cereal were getting boring. (Forgive me eggs, I still love you. I just need some space right now. It's not you, it's me.)

2) To use the giant bag of peaches I bought at a roadside stand. BTW - they are DELICIOUS. Buy peaches from a roadside stand if you get the opportunity.

With this fabulous recipe, I have killed 2 birds with one stone and also managed to use my blender for the 2nd time since getting it as a wedding present. (First I had to find it. Of course I should have known it was in the tippy top of our bedroom closet - that makes PERFECT logical sense.)

I found the winning recipe on THIS WEBSITE. Note: I am positive you could switch up the peaches for any frozen fruit you may have.

Peach Smoothie Recipe

1 cup frozen peach slices

1/2 banana, sliced

3 tablespoons nonfat vanilla yogurt

1/4 cup orange juice or apple juice

1/2 cup nonfat rice milk, optional

add sugar to taste

Throw all ingredients in the blender and chop and then puree for many seconds until it is delightfully smooth.

212 Calories, 37g Carbs, 4.2g Fat, 1.7g Protein

A few administrative notes. Substitutions can absolutely be made here - Use plain nonfat yogurt and water in place of juice to cut down on sugar. Rice milk is not something I ever plan on purchasing so I did not exercise my option to use it in this recipe. And finally, no extra sugar is necessary unless you have been trapped on a desert island and have only eaten seaweed for 10 years. It is plenty sweet! And with only 212 calories? Ummm... Yes please! And haha to all you naysayers out there - smoothies can be healthy!

Here are the details of my peach process:

Purchase bag o' peaches from local farmers' market or your friendly local peach stand on the side of a 2 lane road if you happen to have the pleasure of traveling on such such road.







Skin and slice the peaches to prepare them for their time in the freezer. I can SMELL the peach juice from the below picture!



Before putting the slices in the freezer, you need to sprinkle them with some "Produce Protector" so they don't turn brown. Doesn't Produce Protector sound like it could have been a Power Ranger or something? "I AM PRODUCE PROTECTOR AND I WILL KILL YOU!" (I am apparently 5 years old today.) Anyways, you can buy this fabulous stuff at the grocery store - thanks for the tip Drew! You can even sprinkle it on your guacamole to keep it from going brown. Fiesta yo!



Once frozen, combine the peaches with the rest of the ingredients you plan to use. See the Light & Fit Dannon yogurt? I love the yogurt, but hate the commercial with Heidi Klum. I don't know why, but I have an intense hatred for it. Anyone with me here?



Put all of your ingredients in the blender and puree until it's your desired consistency. (Forgot to take pictures at this point. I was probably distracted by the whirring of the blender...again, I'm 5 years old today.)

Pour it into your favorite insulated cup and prepared to be blown away! This is ten times tastier than anything from a smoothie place, and you actually know what's inside it! I swear, it tastes like a creamsicle, but it's only 212 calories. Say what?!

I had this at 8 A.M. and it kept me full through a hard workout in the morning all the way until lunchtime. I even doubled the recipe and made one for Mr. Fo who promptly gave his manly stamp of approval. (I added manly because it occurred to me that drinking a peach smoothie is kind of girly. Hee-hee.)







You will be complaining when you dig out your blender from wherever it resides, but I promise - it's worth it. Perfect for a sweltering summer day.

One question for my health conscious readers - I would like to add some protein to this but without adding calories. Should I add protein powder? Any suggestions are much appreciated.

Well I'm off to find another roadside treat. Until then - happy blending!

4 comments:

  1. I want one right NOW!

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  2. yuuuumy! that looks so good!

    p.s. i really think you are the best writer! i have told you before, but really... i always laugh through your posts, it's me, not you! lol

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  3. Yum! Looks delicious and I can't wait to try it!

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  4. Thanks for getting that song stuck in my head. :) Gotta love the 90s. :)

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