Peach Ginger Smoothie

When I was a kid, nothing could compare to hearing the jingling bells of the ice cream man; it meant I got a Creamsicle. Looking for that taste again and to create something kids would adore, I came up with this recipe. One note: If you have a sensitive mouth or throat issues, omit the ginger to avoid irritation.

Makes 4 1/2 Cups

11/4 cups peach nectar 3/4 cup organic plain yogurt 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
3 cups frozen peaches, or 3 cups fresh peaches, pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon finely ground flaxseeds
11/2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice

Combine the peach nectar, yogurt, ginger, and half of the peaches in a blender and process until smooth. Add the remaining peaches, the flaxseeds, maple syrup, vanilla, and lime juice and blend until smooth and creamy. Serve immediately.

Variations: Add 1 tablespoon of unrefined virgin coconut oil for additional healthy fat and calories.

For more protein, add a scoop of whey protein powder.

Prep time: 5 minutes • Cook time: Not applicable storage: store in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for 2 days. Shake well again before serving.

Per serving: Calories: 135; total Fat: 2.4 g (1 g saturated, 0.6 g monounsaturated); Carbohydrates: 25 g; protein: 3 g; Fiber: 1 g; sodium: 27 mg

(Photo Credit: Leo Gong)

Reprinted with permission from The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery. Copyright © 2009 by Rebecca Katz with Mat Edelson, Ten Speed Press, a division of the Crown Publishing Group, Berkeley, CA.