Gourmet lemonade, so luscious, you'll want to drink the whole pitcher.
This is my favorite lemonade of all. Hope you enjoy it too!
Yield: 1 pitcher
3 fresh peaches, pitted and quartered
6 cups spring water, chilled
1/2 cup lemon juice
Stevia, to taste
Add fruit and liquid ingredients to a blender or Vitamix and mix starting on lowest-variable setting. Increase speed quickly to 10 and then to high until smooth.
Sweeten beverage to taste. Serve over crushed ice or chill before serving. Shake or stir vigorously before pouring.
-Recipe excerpted from Deborah Tukua's book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh-from-the-Blender Recipes.
By Alan Clanton
The peach is one of those fruits which is a win-win when it comes to diet and health. The peach is known for its sweetness, and it makes a great side dish with lunch or dinner, especially in the warmest months. Or, it can become an instant dessert, served with a bit of vanilla ice cream, or in a cobbler or pie, or just as is, chilled and sliced.
But the peach is often overlooked when it comes to its health benefits. The peach, like the banana, is loaded with potassium—so much that it ranks near the top of the heap of fruits and vegetables recommended for high natural potassium levels. A single medium-to-large peach can contain up to 310 grams of potassium.
Peaches—which originated in China, not South Georgia—are also extremely high in beta carotene, an antioxidant linked to reduced risk of certain cancers, as well as improved digestive functions, eye health and urinary tract health. The peach is also loaded with Vitamins A and C, both of which are important for the body’s immune system, especially when it comes to warding off routine problems like colds and flus.
According to the Clemson University website, even with all their built-in, natural sweetness, peaches are relatively low in calories—about 35 calories for a medium-sized peach. And they are a good source of soluble fiber, a fact that the Chinese knew over a thousand years ago when the peach was a preferred source of digestive and colon health.
Perhaps even more than the always-popular banana, the peach is great for slicing and dicing for an instant enhancement to breakfast, lunch or supper. Diced peaches can be added to oatmeal, cold cereal, pancakes, waffles, toast, yogurt or grits, just to name several popular breakfast items for Americans. Peaches can also serve as a garnishment for ice cream, frozen yogurt cottage cheese, or on any salad to add color and flavor.
Peaches are also great grilled or cooked, but most studies indicate that the peach loses some of its nutritional value when steamed, baked or boiled.
For North Americans, legend and tradition holds that peaches grown in certain parts of the Deep South—especially central Alabama, south Georgia and parts of South Carolina—are the best when the criteria is flavor. But in reality, all peaches retain their nutritional value, which makes the peach a sweet way to improve your diet.
About the Author: Alan Clanton is the editor of Thursday Review, an online magazine of politics, movies, music, books, social issues, art, food, opinion, media and journalism, and more.
Now that we understanding how versatile and nutritious peaches are, be sure to visit our Recipe Index for our Fresh Peach and Blueberry Skillet Cobbler, Peach Lemonade and other delicious recipes.
It’s apple picking time! Whether you have an apple tree, plan a trip to a u-pick orchard or the local farmers’ market, you can enjoy the delicious flavor of fresh, chunky apple sauce for months to come when you preserve quart jars of the golden goodness.
With two apple trees in our yard,canning jars of fresh apple sauce is an annual event. Thin, watery apple sauce, like you find in the grocery stores reminds me of baby food, not exactly appetizing. I do love this chunky version with raisins and raw honey. My right hand man officially mans the apple peeler-corer and gets the job done. The fun part of this process is spending time with my son, chatting and working together in the kitchen. We’ve been doing this together for years. With him starting his senior year in high school, I especially treasure the time we spent together on this harvest project. Seasons come and seasons go ever so quickly; so, grab the kids and make delicious memories in your kitchen that you will all treasure for years to come.
Canning Supplies you’ll need:
glass canning jars, funnel, ladle, canning lids and rings, water bath canner and lid, and canning jar lifter
How to Make and Preserve Chunky Apple Sauce with Raisins
1. Peel and core apples. Rinse apples in water and chop into chunks.
2. Add water to water bath canner until ¾ full. Place canner on stove-top over high heat.
3. Place apple chunks in a large, wide pot with enough water to cover the bottom and cover with lid. (I fill two 5-quart pots at once, to expedite the process.) Cook apples on medium-high heat, stirring every few minutes.
4. Cook until apples have softened. Test with a potato masher. When done, apples should mash easily. When the mixture reaches a consistency you like, turn off heat, hand mash with a potato masher, leaving sauce in chunks.
5. To each 5-quart pot of cooked apples, stir in: apple pie spice or cinnamon to taste, ¼ teaspoon stevia powder, and a squirt or two of raw honey, to taste and a handful of raisins.
6. Place a stainless steel funnel on top of a sterilized quart canning jar and ladle in hot apple mixture. Leave a 1-inch head space at the top of each jar.
7. Wipe the top of each jar with a dry napkin or cloth to remove moisture. Affix canning lid and ring to each jar and tighten.
8. Lower each sealed jar, using canning jar lifter tongs into boiling water within the water bath canner and cover with lid.
9. Process quart jars in a water bath canner in boiling water for 20 minutes.
10. Carefully remove lid and jars with the canning jar lifter. Place hot glass jars on a towel on the kitchen counter and allow cooling at room temperature, undisturbed overnight or several hours.
11. Once the jars have cooled, remove the ring to make sure the lids sealed. Any jars that did not seal should be refrigerated and consumed within a few days.
12. Store sealed jars on pantry shelves. Chill before serving, if desired.
Note: Inspect the rim of each jar before filling. Discard any with nicks or cracks in the glass.
New to preserving fresh fruits? Consult your local County Home Extension office or the latest Ball canning guide for detailed canning instructions.
About the Author: Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats.
Other articles of interest:
How to Make & Can Apple Pie Filling and Apple Cobbler Recipe
You can't deny a laptop for its convenience for work and entertainment but unfortunately, it can force us to assume a posture that can cause us more harm than good. Here's a easy little quiz.
What do all these laptop postures have in common?
In every scenario, you're looking down at the screen. The thing is, your head weighs about 10 lbs and when you're looking down for a long time that's about the same as if a bowling ball was hanging from your neck! You can imagine the extra tension this adds to your neck and shoulder muscles and how sore they can get because of it.
There is an easy solution to this. While we love the portability of a laptop, most of us regularly use and keep ours in the same place. Buy an extra keyboard and mouse and attach them to your laptop. Next, put your laptop on a box/stand so that your eyes are level with the middle of the screen. That's it. This new position will prevent further injury to your neck and shoulders. If you still have soreness even after switching to this position, seek gentle chiropractic adjustments to decrease your pain.
About the Author:
Dr. Maya Pande is a doctor of chiropractic and owner of Pande Chiropractic in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more wellness tips visit her website at www.pandechiropractic.ca.
With the passing of the comedic legend, Robin Williams, after years of suffering with depression, it is time to discuss some preventative measures for depression.
Here is Dr. Marco Ferrucci's
Top 5 Tips for Preventing or Conquering Depression.
1. Begin an exercise program. Exercise helps the brain to release more serotonin (your "happy" hormone), which helps to prevent depressive thoughts.
2. Take Omega-3 Fish oils. A high dose of Omega-3 Fish Oil will help decrease chronic inflammation in the brain, which can help decrease the risk of depression.
3. Open up and talk about your emotions. Many people hold onto their emotions and that can cause more of a "depression" or separation from others, exacerbating the underlying issues. Talking about these issues will release that stress and take the "weight" off your shoulders.
4. Manage your sugar intake. High sugars diets from everything from table sugars, cookies and cakes to high carbohydrate foods, processed foods, breads and pastas can cause a fluctuation in your blood sugar levels and increase your risk for depression.
5. Optimize your Sleep. Research shows that changes in circadian rhythm (sleep pattern) may be linked to depression. Try to go to sleep the same time each night, limit the amount of white light coming from TVs, Alarm clocks, night lights, etc. and if needed, try a natural Melatonin supplement.
About the Author:
Dr. Marco Ferrucci is the author of Change Your Mindset, Transform Your Life, a chiropractor and co-owner of The Chiropractic Source and Lyndhurst Chiropractic in NJ.
More on Conquering Depression
from your editor, Deborah Tukua
Food for Thought:
Those that tell jokes and laugh often may do so to disguise their depression from others.
About the Author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living, a freelance writer and the author of Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh-from-the-Blender Recipes, and Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.
Do you use pesticides when laundering your clothes and linens? Chlorine bleach remains America’s go-to laundry solution for whitening clothes and removing stains. Yet, the US Environmental Protection Agency classifies Chlorine Bleach as an antimicrobial pesticide. The task of washing clothes does not require the use of harsh chemicals. In the journey to provide more natural, health enhancing products and surroundings for our loved ones, the products we place on our laundry room shelf must be carefully selected for reasons beyond what gets socks the whitest.
What’s Wrong with Chlorine Bleach?
There are no government guidelines, testing, purity standards or requirements of companies making household cleaning products. Checking the label for ingredients won’t suffice as companies are not required to fully disclose its product ingredients. The Consumer Product Safety Commission requires warning labels on products that are irritating, flammable, corrosive, toxic and combustible. The commission has banned some drain cleaners, and a few other products, but bleach remains on the grocery shelves and in our laundry rooms, even though there are thousands of emergency room visits each year due to bleach skin and eye burns, and children swallowing this poisonous and corrosive chemical. Chlorine bleach is irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory system. When inhaled, bleach can cause damage and deterioration of the esophagus and lungs. It is just as corrosive and damaging to fabric, but we are convinced that everything should be bleached white. And for those with septic tanks, the use of chlorine bleach should be avoided.
While we do not know all the ingredients in household chlorine bleach, we do know that it is dangerous and toxic to our health, our families and the environment. The good news--There is a safer bleach alternative you can make and use in your washing machine, without the potential health or injury risks.
DIY Bleach Alternative
1 ½ cups 3% hydrogen peroxide
1/2 cup lemon juice
Water to fill a gallon jug
12 drops lemon essential oil
Place a funnel in the top of a gallon jug and pour in the hydrogen peroxide and lemon juice. Remove the funnel and fill the jug with water. Add the lemon essential oil. Cap the jug and shake to combine.
Add one cup of the bleach alternative solution along with your cleaning liquid to washing machine with whites. The clothes will come out of the washer with the fresh, clean fragrance of lemon.
About the author:
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Naturally Living, a freelance writer and the author of the full-color book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats: 55 Fresh-from-the-Blender Recipes. It is available on Amazon and Here.
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