Author: Katiann Marshall

MARTINSBURG – Behind their fuzzy exterior, peaches are super-versatile and perfect for healthy summer recipes! I went to Butler’s Farm Market off Dry Run Road in Martinsburg to get some straight from the source. I came home with the typical, yellow summer peaches, as well as some white donut peaches, which tend to be less acidic and higher in sugar content.

You can toss peaches into a salad, use them in salsa, make them a sweet pairing for a meal, or you could blend them into a deliciously juicy smoothie. Smoothies are something that are always thought to be healthy, but they can actually hide a ton of calories and sugar when bought from most chain smoothie places. Choosing to make it yourself is a sure way of knowing what exactly goes into such a sweet, guilt-free, treat!

Journal photo by Katiann Marshall

Journal photo by Katiann Marshall

This fresh peach protein shake is a delicious and healthy way to get all the protein you need for either a meal replacement, post-workout or energy boost. I have at least one protein shake every day, usually for breakfast, and I love using fresh peaches in the summer. If you have extra peaches on hand, you could also slice them and freeze them for later. That way, you can enjoy peach protein smoothies all year round. For this recipe, I used the donut peaches that I got from Butler’s.

Fresh peach protein shake

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (I recommend one high in protein and low in sugar)
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 3/4 cup fresh (or frozen) peach slices
  • Handful of ice cubes
  • Splash of vanilla extract
  • Dash of cinnamon
  • Optional: 1 tsp. honey, for additional sweetness
Directions:

Starting with the almond milk, place all the ingredients into a blender. Depending on your blender’s settings, first start on the chop mode to chop up the ice, followed by pureeing the mixture to create a smooth, even consistency. Depending on your desired consistency, you can add more ice cubes to thicken it up or if it is too thick, you can add some more almond milk. If it’s not sweet enough, add a little honey.

Next week, healthy zucchini recipe ideas that are great for dinner and a healthy substitute for pasta!

Article provided by our friends at The Journal. For more recipes read the full article at their website.

For more details or to submit ideas contact Katiann Marshall:
kmarshall@journal-news.net
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