3 Peachy Smoothie Recipes, Plus Smoothies as the New Fast Food!

Peaches make a great base for a smoothie because of their delicious flavor and great texture. I love fresh, ripe peaches straight from the tree, but unfortunately these are only available for a short time in the peachy season.

In other times of the year, I like to buy frozen peaches and add them to my smoothies.

3 Peachy Smoothie Recipes
(with leafy greens!)

peach-smoothie01b Simple Peach-Banana Green Smoothie

  • 1 peach
  • 1 banana
  • 2 cups spinach (or other leafy greens or sprouts)
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust the amount to desired consistency)
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Peach-Strawberry Sensation

  • 2 peaches
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 2 cups lettuce (or other leafy greens)
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust the amount to desired consistency)
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

Peach-Banana Smoothie with Avocado

  • 1 peach
  • 1 banana
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • 1/4 avocado
  • 2 cups fresh kale (or other leafy green)
  • 1/2 cup water (adjust the amount to desired consistency)
  • Blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

I’ve been also adding lots of fresh sprouts to my smoothies lately (since I started my new career as a professional sprouter 😉 – to see my organic sprout garden, go here).

Why Peaches? Peach Nutrition and Health Benefits

Why not? Some people are afraid to eat fruit because of sugar content, but truth is the phytonutrients in fruits and vegetables will help keep your body working at its best, so consuming a diet that meets your daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to give your body a strong defense against disease. In the case of peaches, they provide vitamin C, potassium, lycopene and lutein. Research shows that lycopene and lutein may help prevent heart disease, macular degeneration and certain cancers.

How To Select Peaches

When buying fresh peaches, choose the ones that give slightly to pressure and are aromatic. Don’t refrigerate as the cold will lessen the flavor.

Buy organic peaches whenever possible. Unfortunately, peaches (as well as spinach, kale and strawberries) are on the “Dirty dozen” list for the highest pesticide residue load ranking according to the Environmental Working Group. If organic peaches are not available, peel the fruits to reduce exposure.

Nectarines can be substituted for peaches in any of these smoothies. Peaches and nectarines are the same species, even though they are regarded commercially as different fruits. Nectarines have smooth skin, while peaches have fuzzy skin.

Smoothies: The New Fast Food

On another note, just this past weekend I went to New York city (which is just a 15 minute drive from where I live, with no traffic).  I wanted to show my son the view from the Empire State building (which he can see from his bedroom window). The weather was gorgeous, so the view was truly spectacular. It was a great family outing – and – what I’m loving is that it’s so easy to find fresh, delicious food – including smoothies!

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Check out this fast food joint, which you may be able to find next to a hot dog stands when walking the streets of Manhattan – it rocks!

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Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

If you have a favorite recipe, why not submit it here in the comment section of this smoothie recipes blog for others to enjoy too!

I also welcome any comments, questions and suggestions. Thanks!


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