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Cool, Refreshing & Nutty Fruit Smoothie

Well, it’s summertime in my neck of the woods and we are enduring our annual round of weather in the hundreds. This always fills my body with the need for something cool and refreshing, while I kick back and watch a good movie, because it’s literally too hot to do anything else.

This year, I’ve been more adamant about sticking to my Paleolithic diet even when I indulge, so I’ve been experimenting with some fruit smoothies and came up with a delicious combination that I’d like to share with you.

It’s amazing how quickly something cool to eat can drop the body temperature. No, it doesn’t last that long, but it’s a nice littler break.

Now, if you have an issue with Candida, adrenal fatigue, sugar addiction, hypoglycemia, compulsive overeating, depression, anxiety, hyperactivity or adhd, food addiction diabetes, etc, you know that I recommend that fruits be kept to a minimum, and that still applies.

So please note, I’m not saying this is something you should be eating every day. However, it is something you can indulge in once or twice a week without too much complication.

The fruit in this recipe is in its whole and natural state and the almonds add protein to the mix. I have found that combining my fruit with protein, as I do below, cuts down the impact it has on Candida, blood sugar, adrenals, neurotransmitters etc., because it slows down the absorption of the natural sugar content into the blood stream.

Here’s what you’ll need:

— About 8 ounces or so of frozen organic peaches (I buy frozen ones from the health food store)
— 1/2 cup of unsweetened almond milk
— a dash of stevia
— (optional) a tablespoon of organic almond butter

Put the peaches in the blender and turn it into a sorbet. (You can adjust the amount of peaches you add to obtain your desired texture – more fruit makes it thicker, less fruit makes it thinner.)

Add the almond milk and stevia and blend until smooth. If you’re using the almond butter, you add that at this point as well. (Be sure to read ingredients on the almond milk. Many manufacturers add sugar to theirs and you don’t want to use one that has sugar added.)

The almond butter is optional. I prefer it with the almond butter; it gives it a more pungent almond flavor. However, my son prefers it without the almond butter. So you can experiment to find your preference or alternate back and forth for some variety. Additionally, if you have a sensitivity to almonds, you could try coconut milk and a different nut butter. I haven’t done so yet, but that’s next on my list.

We have also used the exact recipe using strawberries and that is very delicious as well. So you could actually replace the peaches with any kind of fruit you desire.

That’s all there is to it. Sit back, relax and cool off. I find that my treats are more fulfilling if I really take my time and savor the experience. Don’t just gulp it down. Take your time and pay attention to your food; be aware of its texture, flavor and temperature on your lips and tongue. Be one with it. Kind of like a meditation or making love.

This nutty fruit smoothie is healthy, delicious and brings the body temperature down a few degrees immediately. Enjoy!

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