Updated: May 14
Peaches that Perform!
If you’re local to the Rocky Mountains, you are aware there is no peach in the world that compares to the Palisade Peach. Personally, they have delivered so much joy in my home, that I was drawn to share my newest recipe along with the reality of how beneficial these yummy, sweet but also tart and slightly sloppy, perfect produce really are.
Disclaimer: If you do plant your peach somewhere outside this majestic locale, there are plenty of other options in different regions in abundance this time of year. So, I invite all of you to find this fruit, savor the flavor and watch the peach perform!
There's more to the mouthwatering effect!
Just hearing someone say “Palisade Peach” has a mouthwatering effect, thanks to Southern Colorado’s hot days and cool nights which makes them a very fitting selection for this transitional time of year. Peaches are also high in Vitamin C which when consumed in a whole-food form is good for your skin and your immune system. Because Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin, your body will absorb this super easily due to how fresh and juicy these local fruit are! Cancer fighting antioxidants such as selenium which is vital to our health pack their way through peaches as they grow and are delivered from your neighborhood farm.
Fruit is Food!
I love how low carbohydrate diets have educated many people about how our bodies need fat to function, but I do become concerned when that fear transitions to foods such as fruit.
The human body craves foods for very specific reasons that support our survival. Our muscles and our brain need carbohydrates in order to behave properly, which is why it may feel like we need foods high in carbohydrates/sugar especially after a long day. Mother Earth respectfully engineered these macronutrients to work this way so we could evolve. Low carbohydrate diets, although effective in the short-term, are making a mess of her design.
A peach contains 12-15 grams of carbohydrates in the form of sugar, and is consumed by your body as fructose. If you injest this through the form of juice by itself, the fructose energy is absorbed quicker than when you eat the whole peach. The dietary fibers from the fruit feed our good bacteria, improve the efficiency of our digestive system and allow all of the nutrients to slowly be absorbed.
If you have read my newsletter before, you are aware of how I support the “crowding out” method. Crowding out in simple terms means adding in natural foods to replace poor nutrient-dense foods consumed in the result of cravings. Eating fruit specifically nourishes our cells, while providing natural energy created by our planet, not in a plant. Overtime, cravings and better lifestyle choices become more automatic due to the effect of nutrients your brain, body and cells are receiving. The prior damage caused by poor food choices are repaired, eliminating signals for more of the foods you formerly craved. The sweet taste from fruit for example is an intentional byproduct literally performing so this process will work. Pair these foods with veggies like the ones in this recipe, the power of all of these plants only get better!
I've studied over one hundred dietary theories. I appreciate all of them, I follow none of them. The overabundance has caused the science of nutrition to be the least advanced in the field, creating unnecessary fear and often a disruption in our naturally biology. Mama Earth created these methods of survival to help us grow, let’s leave to the peaches to make any more mess.
Scroll to see how these peaches perform for you by following the recipe for my Palisade Peach Gazpacho.
Palisade Peach Gazpacho Recipe
2 heirloom tomatoes
5 peaches (Palisade preferred)
1/2 red onion
1 red pepper
1 handful of fresh parsley or cilantro
5-6 leaves of mint
4 cloves of garlic
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons of sea salt
2 teaspoons of fresh pepper
1 handful of toasted walnuts for garnish
Directions: Blend or process all ingredients together until smooth. Leave a spoonful of chopped cucumbers, onions, and mint to the side for a garnish on top alongside the toasted walnuts. Add more sea salt and/or pepper to taste.