The peaches are here!

ImageI don’t know about you but I love fresh peaches. They are in season right now and the farmer’s market has tons of them. Here in Raleigh, North Carolina we are so fortunate to have the state farmer’s market and all its wonderful bounty.

Find your local farmer’s market and pick up a few peaches. Eat it as is. Cut it up in a bowl with some blackberries and blueberries, add to your favorite greek yogurt, or…yep, make a delicious smoothie.

Peach Perfection
1 peach cut into pieces, discard pit (you can use frozen if you don’t have fresh)
1/2 c. yogurt – flavor of your choice. Vanilla, peach, and plain greek are all wonderful
1/2 c. pineapple juice
2 fresh mint leaves (optional)
handful of ice (you don’t need this if you used frozen peaches)
For all you beginners, you can stop here or maybe add a couple of spinach or leafy green lettuce leaves
All you Wicked Green Smoothie drinkers – throw in a big handful of spinach or cut up a third of a cucumber.
Blend well and enjoy!Image 2

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Watermelon Sorbet

untitled (6)Summer is the perfect time of year for lighter fare. I don’t know about you but I don’t want a hot meal when it’s hot out. And baby, here in North Carolina, it’s hot and humid! Sorbet is a favorite summer refresher. Watermelon is one of my favorite summer fruits sooo, put them together in sorbet!untitled (2)

Watermelon Sorbet
make a simple syrup – half sugar, half water
1/2 c. water
1/2 c. sugar
bring to a boil
Add a tbsp. of fresh-squeezed lime juice or throw a slice of lime and simmer for a minute
Let cool, remove lime slice
Cut up watermelon into chunks. You’ll need about 8 cups.
Throw it all in the food processor and process until smooth.
Pour in rectangular backing dish and freeze about 4 hours, stir every hour. When frozen, pop it back in the food processor in batches and pulse. Serve and sigh in pleasure!

images (8)Enjoy!