In my humble opinion, if summer had a flavor it would be peach. Maybe it stems from my childhood home in California that had a peach tree in the backyard. I have fond memories of picking a fruit right off the branch and biting into it, sweetness bursting in my mouth as the juice ran down my chin. Now as an adult I eagerly await the second load of peaches that appears at my local supermarket (I regretfully pass up the first batch, since they are invariably picked too soon and will refuse to ripen). This summer I’ve been a bit disappointed by the peach crop. It seems like only one in three fruits was picked at the right time to ripen to its full, drippy potential. However, last weekend as my hubby and I wandered through Frisco Fest (our town’s yearly event that is part farmer’s market, part craft fair, part street carnival) I discovered locally grown peaches for sale! I know my black thumb is showing, but I had no idea you could grow peaches in Arkansas. Anyway, I bought a bag and brought it home, confident in the knowledge that these peaches, unlike their commercially grown counterparts, would all be worth biting into. And I was right. But as fruit has a habit of doing, it all ripened at once. The bag had contained six or seven peaches, and even after C and I had them for breakfast two days in a row there were still three left. These were quickly headed toward “over-ripeness” (i.e., spoiled) but I was determined not to let that happen. My solution? A delicious, no sugar added smoothie!
I don’t think I’ve shared lately about my newest resolution in regards to my eating habits. In an attempt to shed those oh so stubborn, last ten pounds of baby weight I’ve resorted to cutting out all added sugar and severely restricting my carb intake. I didn’t eliminate sugar completely, but I’ve found that including natural sugar (in the form of fruit) in my diet has helped eliminate cravings and keep me from feeling too deprived. 🙂 I’ve started eating plain yogurt with fresh fruit for breakfast, and to my surprise and delight I’ve found the tang of unsweetened yogurt plays deliciously with fresh strawberries, bananas, or peaches. This recipe takes it to the next level by turning it into a cold and satisfying drink.
- 1/2 cup of milk (you could be truly decadent and use half and half or whole milk, but I just stuck with 1%)
- 1/4 cup plain yogurt (I get the low fat rather than non-fat, and find it to be much creamier)
- 2-3 peaches (mine were the smaller, home-grown variety rather than the ginormous lab specimens you sometimes find at the grocery store, so I used three)
- A handful or two of ice
combine all ingredients into a blender (I didn’t bother to peel my peaches, just chopped them up and threw them in). Blend for 30-60 seconds. Pour into a glass, pop in a straw, and enjoy! Makes one large glass for me with enough left over to fill a sippy cup for C (I watered it down some with extra milk, and she loved it! Best of all I didn’t feel a bit guilty giving it to her as an afternoon treat).
That’s it! It’s so simple I am almost embarrassed to call it a recipe, but hopefully it’s so easy you will fill compelled to try it for yourself. I love how it’s not overly sweet, but if you like it a bit sweeter you could add a banana (or some sugar if you don’t experience guilt the way I do :)). I can’t guarantee that it will taste like summer through a straw, but I can assure you it will come close. :)What about you? Any guilt-free summer recipes to share? I’m all ears…er, eyes!