Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Wellness Wednesday / "Delia's Dose"

This week’s blog is short and sweet… inspired by the fact that it is the end of August and like the end of every August here in the Midwest…it’s HOT!! 

When it’s hot and humid, one of my favorite summer time fruits to enjoy is a juicy, ripe, peach!! Did you know that August is National Peach Month!? Yup, back in 1982 President Reagan made it official!

Peaches have many health benefits:
*rich in Vitamin A…important for our eyes
*they are 80% water..good for hydration
*a good source of dietary fiber…good for helping with regular bowel movements!
*rich in Vitamin C, E, and K…immune boosters, antioxidants
*rich in potassium…helps maintain healthy blood pressure, prevents kidney stones, bone loss, and charlie horses!
*an average size peach contains about 68 calories! A delicious, sweet treat that is low in calories!
*the skin of a peach contains chlorogenic acid…that helps to get rid of free radicals, which cause aging, chronic diseases and inflammation.

Here is one of my favorite summer time peach recipes…this is really good for dessert or even breakfast!
GRILLED PEACHES with YOGURT and ROSEMARY HONEY(or as my daughter calls it…”peaches with the tire marks”)
*4 firm but ripe peaches
*1 rosemary sprig
*2 cups Greek yogurt
*1/2 cup honey
*Canola oil

Prepare the grill…medium heat
Cut the peaches in half and take out the pits. Brush the cut sides with the oil.
Put the peaches on the grill. Turn once. Cook until the grill marks are visible and the peaches are tender but not falling apart-about 2-3 minutes per side.

While the peaches are on the grill, put the rosemary sprig and honey into a microwavable bowl and heat for 1 minute.

To serve, put ¼ cup yogurt into serving bowls(or I’ve used pretty glasses) then top with the slices of the grilled peaches. Top with another ¼ cup of yogurt and more peach slices, then drizzle with the rosemary infused honey. 

DEEEEELICIOUS! Sweet and Savory!

Have a healthy week!

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