It is nearly the Fourth of July and early local peaches are appearing, along with cherries, apricots, early vegetables and, although not local yet, watermelon is in good supply, as is cantaloupe.
As this produce appears, in my kitchen they often make their way into delicious and healthful dishes and drinks.
Here are several I've concocted over the years and that my husband, Fred, has bravely sampled.
Happy July 4th!
Dixie's Palisade Peach Smoothie
Frozen or fresh Palisade peaches, rinsed, diced or sliced (skin on)
Milk (1 percent) or soy, rice, almond, coconut milk
Vanilla, a little to enhance flavor
Sweetener: If needed, add a bit of honey, sugar, agave nectar or frozen banana slices
Place peaches (go heavy on them) in a blender and add enough milk to blend it together. Then add the touch of vanilla and sweetener, if needed.
Cantaloupe Breakfast Drink
Frozen diced cantaloupe cubes
Touch of vanilla, if using milk
Vanilla protein drink
I add cantaloupe and vanilla to my favorite vanilla protein drink (or add milk or yogurt instead of the protein drink) in a blender. Blend to a frothy, almost ice cream shake texture.
Fred's Favorite Green Tea with Watermelon Cubes
Green ice tea
To make the green ice tea, I fill the pitcher with water, add 4 or 5 green tea bags and let it brew, then squeeze the bags. It takes about 2 hours. If you prefer, make it your way.
For the watermelon cubes, cut a watermelon into cubes and freeze them. They work like ice cubes.
Pour tea into glasses, add watermelon cubes and sweetener, if needed.
Insert a straw through a fresh square of watermelon for garnish.