Getting the Most out of Peach Season – Tropical Peach Smoothie Recipe
I don’t know about you, but I’m a big fan of the summer months, and as September rolls on by, it always comes with a bittersweet feeling. Now, most of you might feel this way because it never seems like we get enough sun here in Canada, but for me – a cooler temperature, autumn gal through-and-through – it’s saying goodbye to the delicious, colourful and beautiful fruit and vegetables that are in abundance throughout our very short, Canadian summer.
If you recall at the beginning of the year, I gave you a few tips and tricks on how to spring clean your nutrition in preparation for the warmer weather. Well, one of those tips was to educate yourself on when various fruits and vegetables are in season so you can take full advantage. Although most years I cannot get enough of cherries (in their peak during June and July), this year it seems I can’t get enough of peaches! This time of year (peaches are in full swing from July to September) they are so incredibly juicy and sweet, and I just can’t seem to get enough of them. So, as we only have one more month to take advantage of this delicious, vibrant stone-fruit, I thought I would share a very simple, nutrient-filled recipe with you to get in as many fresh peaches as you can, while they are still in season.
Before we dig into the recipe, let’s chat about what makes peaches such a powerful, nutrient-dense fruit.
Peach Season > Everything.
Peaches have a broad range of nutrients that are vital for the healthy functioning of the body. More specifically, peaches are a great source of immune-boosting vitamin C and beta-carotene, a rich source of potassium and vitamin A and a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6 and folate. Holy, these babies are seriously jam-packed with nutrients. Peaches also offer an amazing source of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and copper.
Nutrients in peaches such as lycopene and lutein help protect the heart and eyes, and the potassium in peaches is great for heart health. Plus, they are a wonderful source of digestive fiber!
In addition to all these nutrients, research has also shown that peaches can reduce the risk of cancer, due to their high content of phenolic and carotenoid compounds, which possess both anti-tumour and anti-cancer properties. As well, peaches are fantastic for maintaining healthy skin, owing to the presence of a large amount of vitamin C, which provides a defense against harmful free radicals and infections.
Other benefits include lowering cholesterol, aiding digestion, maintaining a healthy nervous system, boosting immunity, strengthening bones and teeth and detoxifying the body, along with a slew of other benefits.
Peach Season is the Best Season
This Tropical Peach Smoothie recipe is perfect for those of you who just don’t seem to have enough time to think about breakfast from Monday-to-Friday. Or, if you’re like me and your summer has been one whirlwind weekend after the other, when Monday rolls around, you don’t have any energy left to think about prepping your breakfasts for the week.
This recipe is super simple, and the ingredients can even be prepped the night before to make it that much simpler. The recipe also has a perfect balance of carbohydrates to give you that boost to start your day, plant-based protein and healthy fats from the coconut oil. Enjoy!