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Have you had Your Peaches Today?

That’s right… we said peaches! August is National Peach Month. We couldn’t let this time go by without highlighting some of the benefits of eating peaches. Not to mention, we all LOVE peach cobbler but often avoid it because of all the added sugar and fat. So, we’ll give you a recipe for ‘Light, Fresh Peach Cobbler’ (via www.food.com)

Do you often feel fatigued, stressed, anxious or weak?  Well… of course you do! You’re alive. The demands of everyday life often cause these symptoms. But, many times these feelings come from a lack of nutrients that your body needs; one of these being potassium. Peaches contain healthy levels of potassium and can replenish lacking levels in your body. Because of this, the ancient Chinese often referred to this fruit as the ‘longevity peach’. (www.healthyfood-guide.com)

Another great component of a peach is the amount of fiber it contains. Fiber is great for our digestive tracks and helps our body’s process food correctly. A healthy amount of fiber in your diet contributes to keeping your body regular and serves as a ‘cleanup crew’ for your colon.

So, next time you are roaming through the grocery store aisles trying to come up with the perfect snack for your family, pick up some peaches! Not only do they taste great. But, they will also provide your body with many vitamins and minerals that you need to remain healthy!

Light, Fresh Peach Cobbler

Ingredients

  • 6 medium peaches, sliced
  • 6 1/3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-calorie margarine
  • 1/2 cup nonfat milk

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine peaches, 1/3 cup of the sugar (5 1/3 tablespoons), cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon; toss to coat peaches.
  3. Set pan over medium heat and bring to a boil.
  4. Cook until mixture thickens, about 1 minute.
  5. Remove from heat and transfer mixture to an 8-inch square baking pan.
  6. To make the topping, in a large bowl, combine flour, remaining tablespoon of sugar, baking powder and salt.
  7. Work in margarine with a fork until mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  8. Add milk and stir until flour mixture is evenly moistened.
  9. Drop 8 tablespoons of topping mixture onto peach mixture.
  10. Bake until topping is golden brown and filling is bubbly, about 20 to 25 minutes.

Cut into 8 pieces and serve.

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“The Summer of ‘69”

The thought of homemade ice cream brings back a flood of childhood memories, running around with friends from sunup to sundown during summer break. Plus, as the weather heats up outside, these refreshing evening treats sound more and more appealing! Since June is National Dairy Month, we decided there is no better way to show our appreciation than to whip up a batch of cold, refreshing homemade ice cream.

The question is, how do you mix up a batch of ice cream that is smooth and creamy without loading it with sugar and extra calories? Well, we’ve got the answer for you with this healthy twist on traditional homemade vanilla ice cream.

Low-Calorie Vanilla Ice Cream

1 tbsp. water

1 1/2 tsp. unflavored gelatin

3 cups 1% low-fat milk

2 tsp. vanilla

3 egg yolks

1 14-ounce can non-fat sweetened condensed milk

  • Put water in a small bowl and sprinkle with the gelatin; let stand, stirring once, while you make the ice cream mixture.
  • Pour 1 1/2 cups milk into a large saucepan. Add vanilla
  • Heat the milk and vanilla mixture over medium heat until steaming.
  • Whisk egg yolks and condensed milk in a medium bowl. Gradually pour in the hot milk, whisking until blended. Return the mixture to the pan and cook over medium heat about 3 to 5 minutes. Do not boil or the custard mixture will curdle.
  • Strain the custard through a soft clean tea towel into a bowl. Add the gelatin and water mixture and whisk until dissolved. Whisk in the remaining 1 1/2 cups milk. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours.
  • Stir until blended well, churn in your ice cream freezer.
  • Makes approximately 2 quarts

The key for loading this recipe with flavor is fresh fruit. If you want all of the ice cream to have the same flavors infused throughout, grind your favorite fruit lightly and mix in before churning in the ice cream freezer.  To provide a number of flavors for everyone to choose from, add some whole fruit pieces to the top after you’ve already dished up your ice cream.

It’s always important to remember that eating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of all your favorite foods. By choosing lower-fat options you can still fit the foods you love into your diet and enjoy them in moderation.