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SUMMER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

So in our last blogs, we talked about committing, weighing, measuring, and fluids. Today let’s talk a bit about the foods themselves.

DRINK YOUR WATER!

IT’S A HUNDRED DEGREES THIS WEEKEND! KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED!

As you read this, I hope it will be the first week of July, the beginning of the summer season. This is the time when fresh fruits and vegetables abound, and I want you to enjoy them.

Peaches and blackberries, blueberries and boysenberries and cherries are fresh, full bodied and wonderful this month. For all fruits’ taste and nutrients, buy them from local growers if you can. The less time the fruit travels the fresher it will be. And they can be picked when they’re ripe. Peaches that have to be shipped tend to be picked underripe so that they hold up better as they’re moved around. Buy organic for peaches and berries if you can, to decrease pesticide residues.

Peaches are fragrant when ripe, but the main indicator of whether or not they will taste good is color. Peaches should have vibrant tones and colors. If they have a lot of green, they probably are not ripe Sometimes a leaf was shielding part of the peach so there might be some parts of it that received less sunlight (making that part lighter in color). Just make sure that those parts don’t have any green tones, which is a sign that the peach was picked too early.

Peaches get sweeter and juicier as they ripen. Squeezing them will tell you what stage they’re at. Gently press or squeeze the shoulder and tip (where the stem was) – if it just starts to give, it’s ripe and ready to eat. If the peach is still firm, it’s great if you like crunchy peaches or want to toss them into salads since they’ll hold up better.

Remember that if you want to buy peaches that you’ll eat over a period of a few days, you should buy varying degrees of ripeness to match your eating timeline.

Once you get the peaches home, store them at room temperature shoulder (stem) side down, preferably in a single layer to avoid bruising. Line them up in the order of ripeness so you know which one to eat next.

If the peaches ripen before you get to them, refrigerate them for a couple more days, but eat them before they start to get wrinkly, which is a sign that they’re starting to dry out.

Peaches are highly nutritious – vitamin A, beta-carotene, and vitamin C (ascorbic acid). They are also a good source of vitamin E, vitamin K , vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), vitamin B-6, folate, and pantothenic acid. Peaches have some calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, manganese, phosphorous, zinc, and copper.  They are low in calories, contain no saturated fat or cholesterol, and are a good source of dietary fiber as well.

And have you ever eaten a grilled peach? It’s delicious!  Just cut it in half and remove the pit. With your pastry brush, brush each cut side with olive oil and sprinkle a bit of cinnamon if you like… Place the peach cut-side down on the grill at medium heat; cook undisturbed until grill marks appear, 4 to 5 minutes. Reoil the other side, and cook until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. These will stay, refrigerated for three to four days, so you can enjoy them later, too.

Don’t eat fruit all by itself.  Enjoy fruit with your milk, yogurt, or almond milk, or some other protein!!

Can you binge on peaches? Of course. Any item inserted into the oral cavity can become a binge food for a compulsive eater. But peaches are individually portioned, so that makes it more difficult to binge on them.

The average peach weighs between six and seven ounces. That big pit only weighs about ½ oz. So, at the fruit stand or grocery, choose peaches that weigh 6 ½ to 7 ounces and eat the whole peach as a fruit serving.

Enjoy this season!!

Please comment.  Let me know how you like this blog, and have a lovely holiday on the 4th.

Blessings to you,

Theresa

5 Responses to SUMMER FOOD SUGGESTIONS

  1. Kara Marziali July 3, 2018 at 11:54 am #

    I don’t even remember the last time I ate a peach. Thank you for the suggestion. Can’t wait to try one on the grill.

    • H. Theresa Wright July 3, 2018 at 3:34 pm #

      Oh, please do try it! It is delish!

  2. Cari Heumann July 4, 2018 at 12:42 pm #

    Theresa, thank you so much for all of this wonderful information about peaches, especially how to pick ripe ones. I love peaches, but have never tried grilling them. That sounds really good and I will have to try that!

  3. June DiDesidero July 11, 2018 at 7:59 pm #

    Really good input Theresa. Grilling sounds yummy.

    Thanks

    • H. Theresa Wright July 11, 2018 at 8:55 pm #

      Thanks. Hope you enjoy it.

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