Monday, August 27, 2012

Sweet Juicy Peach Smoothie...with No Added Sugar!








I was cozily buried in the billowy depths of my bed with my big airy duvet piled on top of me.  As I was just about to lose myself in a recently recommended movie "The Quiet American" and travel to the pre-war days of Saigon...

...my husband comes rushing into the room with something cupped in his hands.





The lamp gets snapped on and the harsh light does not deflect his enthusiasm.  I blink at the earnest look in his eyes and wonder what he must be so excited about to drag me out of my relaxed setting.

"Taste this!" he pleads, with a look of conquest on his face. His eyes are twinkling.  He hands me a jar filled with something cold and creamy.  He honestly reminded me of my son when he was little and he would rush into my room to show me his latest dazzling lego creation...arms outstretched and his excitement spilling all over his face.







We had brought back the most beautiful, soft, lightly colored fuzzy peaches from the market the day before.  Since we've taken out processed sugar in our meals, snack options have been greatly altered.

I took my first sip of his kitchen concoction.  I tasted sweet peachy notes, our newly discovered tart Bulgarian yogurt, the wonderful softness of fresh cream, and the earthiness of flowery honey.  Bits of crushed ice made each sip very full-bodied and robust.







"Is this for me?"  I queried hopefully from the depths of my comfy retreat.  "You wouldn't possibly take this luscious treat away from me would you?  I'm about to travel from hot and humid Texas to hot and sultry Vietnam and I need something cool and refreshing like this smoothie."

"I made more...of course" he laughed and went off snuffing out that glaring lamplight, pretty puffed up, like a proud chef who just delivered a culinary extravaganza.

This is our new afternoon treat to make our way through the final days of brutal August in the South...smoothies.  It fits our criteria for no processed sugars and only fresh whole foods.

So Simple, So Fresh...So delicious for these damp dog days of lingering summer.







Sweet Juicy Peach Smoothie...no added sugar!
(created by the better half...Patrick)

1 whole fresh peach, pit removed, and then sliced
1/2 cup Organic Bulgarian Yogurt (with live cultures)
1/4 cup of whole milk or half and half
1 teaspoon of stevia or honey
1 cup crushed ice cubes

Put all of the ingredients in a blender and pulse several times.  Continue blending until desired creaminess is reached.  I like to leave the skin on the peaches and have a thicker heartier smoothie...almost like a shake.


21 comments:

  1. It sounds wonderful! And looks gorgeous! Yum!

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  2. I just came back from farm with sweet, giant peaches! Thank you for the recipe, sounds so good-)

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    1. There you go Yelena! You are all set for peachy pleasure!

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  3. Thank you for such a healthy and delicious recipe! It's perfect for these final dog days of summer. :-)

    Carmen

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  4. Today hit 100+ and tomorrow will be even higher. This elixir could not have come at a more perfect time! I love lemonade, but I'm getting lemon-ed out with this heat! Beautiful photos!

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  5. Sounds heavenly, and I have to look up Bulgarian yogurt, I don't think I've had it before. Sounds like an exciting year for Riley, my kids never got to take Marketing in high school!

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    1. I just found it Sue...it is a whole milk probiotic with 90 million CFU per serving. The lactose content of the milk is lower than normal yogurt. It has a tangy taste but a very creamy texture. Its great drizzled on fresh fruit!

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  6. Mmm mm, sounds really good! I've been gobbling up peaches like crazy these past few weeks

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  7. I'm intrigued by the Bulgarian yogurt- will have to look for that. The smoothie sounds delicious.

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  8. The Quiet American is a wonderful movie. I had really enjoyed it. The smoothie muct taste wonderful I think we will try it. We've been surviving on many smoothies throughout our equally hot and sultry summer.

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  9. It does sound heavenly!! Peaches are at their peak right now…will have to give this a try!

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  10. Gorgeous and healthy! And... I could also imagine it in popsicle form! What a perfect treat for movie night.

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    1. Yes Ann! Why didn't I think of that. My son has been asking if I can figure out a way to make healthy popsicles.

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  11. Sarah, this looks delicious and I will definitely be making it. And those photos of the peaches...just gorgeous. You could frame that photo and hang it on your wall. Hope you have had a good summer.
    Sunday

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  12. Such pretty peaches! Your photos are beautiful and you have me now craving a smoothie!

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  13. Sounds delicious - lovely story about your husbands enthusiam :))
    Mary x

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  14. So perfectly simple..and - yes - a wonderfully cooling and soothing way in which to end the summer!

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  15. A peach smoothie sounds so incredibly refreshing right now. Hope you're weathering these dog days of summer well. SInce you used Bulgarian yogurt in the smoothie, I was wondering if you've tried the White Mountain brand? It's made here in Austin and it's my absolute favorite.

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  16. Sounds simply delicious Sarah!! And the photos look simply luscious! I just came home from visiting my oldest friend and we got local white peaches that were amazing! Hope all is well and that your daughter is making a successful transition. Dropped off mine last weekend - so far so good!!

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  17. GEEZ!! How do you do this so consistently? Create SO MUCH beauty, I mean!! I love it here. Love it!

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