I’m not a fan of peaches... it’s not the taste, but it’s their creepy fur. I just can’t get past that, neither can my 3 year-old son. He won’t even taste.
The other day he asked, “Mama, are peaches mammals? They they have fur.” (Stay little forever, cutie). Despite our dislike for hairy food, a couple weeks ago, peaches totally became our jam!
Our friends just picked the final batches off their peach tree and my family has taken dozens off their hands. I mean loads!! But when faced with so much super ripe fruit, we had to act fast.
I made peach oatmeal, peach topped hamburgers, grilled peach chicken kabobs... and then, the best of all... peach & chia jam! No added sugar, no artificial thickeners... and ah-maz-ing!
Typical jams and jellies are packed with sugar. A peanut butter sandwich without the spread is a healthy, protein & fiber filled lunch, but add just one tablespoon of jelly and you’ve easily spooned-on 10-15 grams of sugar.
That’s as much as a pack of fruit snacks or a juice box. My peach jam hits the mark with kids & nutrition! All you need is three ingredients: peaches, stevia & chia seeds to thicken & give a punch of healthy fat.
Here’s the scoop…
What you need:
6 medium peaches, peeled and cubed
2 TBSP chia seeds
2 tsp Stevia extract
Mix everything in the slow cooker. Cook on low for 6-8 hours. Mash peaches and stir. Cook an additional hour. If you want it thicker, add more chia seeds and/or prop the lid for the final hour or two to let some liquid evaporate. The recipe fills one mason jar, but how cute would it be to make several to freeze and give out as holiday gifts?! While that’s cooking, let’s talk about those round peaches of your own. As fall approaches, don’t let that booty turn to jelly. Here are 3 of my favorite bum exercises.
1. Single Leg Squat: Place one leg behind you, up on a bench, chair or ledge. Bend your front leg down into a squat position & return to start. Do 10-15 reps on each leg.
2. Donkey Kicks : Get on all fours. Keeping your knee bent, lift leg up as if the botto of your foot is pressing the ceiling. Lower & repeat. Try for 20-25 reps on each leg.
3. Cross-Legged Lunge: Cross your right leg over the left, keeping hips forward. Bend both knees and lower to the ground. For some extra ouch, kick the back leg as you come up. Do 10-15 reps on each leg.
There you have it, sweet peaches in your belly and round peaches on your bottom.
-Elyse (for more delicious recipes and fitness tips... make sure to follow Elyse on Instagram HERE)