It may or may not surprise you to learn that peaches make the most divine smoothies. After all peaches make great desserts, so why not a peach smoothie. This sweet, juicy fruit is so good for you and ideal for throwing into your blender. Like mangoes, peaches make an ideal smoothie base as they help bind all the ingredients together. Their sweet, subtle flavor blends well with bananas, raspberries and strawberries.Peaches originated in China and their scientific name, Prunus persica, hints at their travels along the Silk Road to Persia.There are two main varieties: clingstone and freestone. As the name suggests, the stone is easily removed with the freestone varieties, but the flesh sticks to the stone with the clingstone. They also come in two different colors: white or yellow flesh. The white flesh varieties are sweeter and less acidic than their yellow counterparts.
Buying and Storing
The peach season lasts from late spring through summer. When buying look for fruit that is firm and plump and feels heavy for its size. The fruit should have a smooth, velvety skin with no green patches. To check for ripeness, gently press your thumb along the seam. It should give slightly without being too soft with a sweet, spicy fragrance. Ripen at room temperature either in a fruit bowl or in a brown paper bag out of direct sunlight. When ripe, the fruit will turn a rich yellow color at the stem. Once ripe, store in the crisper section of your refrigerator in an unsealed bag for up to five days.
To prepare simply wash in cold running water, then chop in half and remove the pit. There is no need to peel the skin if you are adding them to smoothies. Have too many peaches? Then freeze those you don’t need and you will always have frozen fruit ready to use in your smoothies.
Peaches are rich in a range of nutrients as well as being low in calories, cholesterol-free and high in fiber. In fact a medium-sized peach contains only 39 calories, far fewer than apples or pears of the same size. Peaches are packed full of vitamins, including Vitamin A, beta-carotene and vitamin C. In fact, just half a cup of fresh peaches will give you 10% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C. They are also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, folate and pantothenic acid, as well as being a rich source of minerals such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc and copper.
Peach Melba Smoothie
IngredientsFor the smoothie:2 peaches, peeled, stoned and quartered1 c vanilla yogurt½ c almond milkFor the coulis:1 c frozen raspberriesSqueeze of lemon juice1 teaspoon honeyHow to MakeChop and de-seed the peaches and add to your blender, together with the vanilla yogurt and almond milk. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Pour into a large bowl.To make the coulis, add the raspberries, lemon juice and honey to a clean blender or food processor and process until a thick, creamy consistency. Swirl the raspberry coulis through the smoothie mixture then pour into glasses to serve. Top with fresh raspberries.
Note: If you are using frozen raspberries, microwave on high for 10 – 20 seconds. This will make them much easier to blend.
Strawberry Peach Smoothie
Ingredients1 frozen banana1 peach halved and stoned6 strawberries, hulled½ c orange juice½ c almond milkHow to MakePlace the banana, peach, strawberries, orange juice and almond milk into your blender jug and blend until thick and creamy. Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
Apricot Peach Smoothie
Ingredients2 peaches, halved2 apricots, halved½ c freshly squeezed orange juice½ c vanilla yogurtHow to MakeIn a blender combine the peaches, apricots, orange juice and vanilla yogurt. Secure lid and blend on high until all the ingredients are smooth and creamy.Makes two glasses.
Minty Peach Smoothie
Ingredients2 peaches, chopped and de-seeded1 honeydew melon wedge1 c vanilla yogurt1 c almond milkJuice of 1 lemon1 tablespoon chopped mintHow to MakeAdd the chopped peaches, honeydew melon, vanilla yogurt, almond milk, lemon juice and chopped mint to your smoothie. Whizz on high for a minute or two until everything is smooth and creamy.Pour into two glasses and enjoy.
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