|Peach Basil Lassi Bowl|
There are only a handful of foods that I anticipate coming into season all year, and peaches are right at the top of the list. Not just any peaches, mind you, specially...The Peach Truck peaches. Lauded by publications such as the Huffington Post and Southern Living, The Peach Truck peaches are, in my opinion, the best. These peaches are harvested in Georgia with scientific and passionate precision, and they arrive in Nashville every mid-May. Nashvillians, myself included, follow the Peach Truck obsessively around town.
There's a method: you buy them when they're about 3 days from perfect ripeness, so they don't spoil before you can enjoy. Then you wait, wringing hands with anticipation every time you spy the iconic paper bag on your counter.
If you can gut it out until the Peach Truck peaches are ripe for the eating...it is one of the best favors you'll do for yourself. Ever.
I always eat the first bag of Peach Truck peaches straight up, to enjoy them in their divinely raw, juicy state, and then I set to playing around with recipes! Last year I made one of my favorite LL Balanced desserts to date, my Blueberry Peach Crumble, which will appear in my cookbook. This year, I wanted peaches to shine in the breakfast department. Smoothie bowls are such a satisfying, cooling way to start the day, and this Peach Basil Lassi is a dreamy summer option. A Lassi is a traditional Indian beverage made with yogurt and some sort of sweetener, often with fruit as well. The tang of yogurt paired with ripe peaches is truly divine!
If peaches weren't wonderful enough for their flavor alone, they're also incredibly nutritious! Packed with Vitamins C and A, fiber, potassium and anti-oxidants such as Beta-carotene, peaches can benefit everything from your digestive health, skin health, heart health and more. Fresh basil holds its own as well, with wonderfully potent anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. I grow fresh basil in my garden, and I like to add a few leaves to the bottom of a mug with a chamomile tea bag...delicious.
I almost always try to create recipes that can be eaten year-round, and while you could substitute frozen peaches, it's just not the same. If you're not lucky enough to have access to The Peach Truck, use whatever ripe, fresh peaches you can find; I'm sure they will be fabulous!
I hope you all are as thrilled as I am to welcome the warmest season of the year, and I know this Peach Basil Lassi bowl will help make it an unforgettable Summer.