For me, a perfectly ripe local peach is one of the sweetest treats of flip-flop season. Their season is fleeting up here in Ontario so when August rolls around I’m working the stone fruit into my recipes anywhere I can. While a very sensible way to eat a hazardously juicy peach is by simply leaning over a kitchen sink with napkin nearby, I’ve also found a number of tasty ways to turn peaches from the farmers’ market into optimal recovery fuel.
Recharge with these recipes and you’ll be peachy keen to make them again and again.
Peaches and Cream Soaked Oats
Scoop this up for breakfast or after a hard workout – either way your taste buds won’t be disappointed.
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup plain or vanilla protein powder
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2/3 cup low-fat milk
1 small peach, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped almonds
1 tablespoon coconut flakes or chips (optional)
1 – 2 teaspoons maple syrup
In a bowl or half pint glass jar, stir together oats, protein powder, chia seeds and allspice. Stir in milk and then top with peaches, almonds, coconut if using and maple syrup. Cover and let soak overnight in the refrigerator.
Minty Peach Cheesecake Smoothie
This smoothie, which provides a winning mix of recovery protein and carbs, tastes like summer in a glass.
1/2 cup milk of choice
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 peach, pitted and quartered
1/4 cup fresh mint
2 tablespoons hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
1/8 teaspoon almond extract (optional)
1 small frozen banana
Place all of the ingredients in a blender container in the order listed and blend until smooth.
I can think of no better way to kickstart recovery than grabbing hold of this fully-loaded toast. It’s a delicious mix of creamy and sweet only made better by some nutty crunch. If you like, ricotta cheese can replace the cream cheese.
1 slice bread, toasted
2 tablespoons cream cheese
1 teaspoon orange zest (optional)
1/2 peach, sliced
1 tablespoon pistachios
2 tablespoons sliced basil
1 teaspoon honey
Spread cream cheese on toast and top with orange zest if using, peach slices, pistachios and basil. Drizzle on honey.
In Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports & Adventure, award-winning dietitian Matt Kadey offers up 120 delicious, creative, and convenient real-food recipes to power your everyday exercise and weekend adventures.
Rocket Fuel is available now in bookstores, outdoors stores, and online from these online retailers:
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Food photography by Aaron Colussi.