How are you doing today? This is shaping up to be a pretty wonderful week despite all the rain we’re getting. Today I’m super excited because I’ve got a lunch date at Thrive with some of my gym buddies, then dinner with some fabulous gals I used to work with. Friday is my birthday but it’s been a week of fun celebrations so far and we’re only half way there!
Alright, over to today’s recipe…
1. Recipe of the Week
Two weeks ago, I took the opportunity on one of my Thursday lunch breaks to leave work and make a quick trip to the farmer’s market. One of the things I love most about the company I work for is the proximity to the market, which is open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. I haven’t been making it there nearly as much as I’d like this summer, but the blogosphere has been bursting with peach-inspired recipes lately and I wanted to get in on the action.
Ask anyone in southern Ontario and they’ll likely tell you that the best peaches come from Niagara on the Lake. (This is especially true of people from Niagara on the Lake. I find that every summer, it’s a big waiting game, and then a gamble when it comes to peach buying. Throughout June and July, many baskets are still powdery, pithy, and not overly flavourful. By August, your chances of getting a nice juicy one are far greater but there’s still some disappointing ones kicking around.
It just so happens that this year, I lucked out. Normally I’m too impatient and end up buying a basket of tasteless ones, but since this summer hasn’t been hot enough to feel like summer, I sort of forgot until Pinterest reminded me that peaches are supposed to be in their prime.
After plenty of taste testing, I purchased a carefully selected basket of peaches, set them out for 2 days to ripen, then began putting together a few creations. This Grilled Peach and Edamame Salad was one of those.
If you’re new to grilling fruit, there are just a couple of things you need to remember:
- Clean the grates really, really well. You don’t want peaches that taste like burgers!
- If you want to ensure the fruit doesn’t stick, mist some cooking oil, spray, or butter over the grates before heating up the grill. It’s not mandatory, but if you have very ripe, soft peaches, you might want to. And speaking of which….
- Don’t go ANYWHERE! Fruit doesn’t need long to cook at all, and only 1-2 minutes per side is all I cook my peach segments for. If you leave them for longer, they’ll start to get soft, mushy and tougher to get it off the grill.
As for the other ingredients, it’s super easy matter of tossing them all together in a big bowl. I recommend doing this and then grilling your peaches so that they’re still warm when you serve the salad.
2. The Runner’s Tea
If you’re a long-time reader you probably know that I’m a big tea fan, and a huge sucker for places like Teavana and David’s Tea. Recently I came across a new novelty though, and that’s The Runner’s Tea. A company that combines 2 of my favourite things?! Naturally, I had to try it.
According to their website…
The Runner’s Tea is an all-natural performance tea for athletes, made with 100% organic herbs and matcha green tea. Our custom blend has been designed to increase endurance, be gentle on the stomach, and stimulate athletic performance.
I was intrigued. I already knew about the health benefits of matcha green tea, but what were these other herbs? The tea comes in two flavours, Citrus Mint and Ginger Berry, and I checked out the ingredients of each.
- Matcha Green Tea Powder – the caffeine source of both teas, matcha has over 300% more antioxidants than green tea. When you consume the full leaf (ground up, of course), the body is able to absorb it more efficiently.
- Ginger Root – a stomach soother and inflammation fighter
- Orange Peel – used for its flavour, as well as vitamins A and C
- Peppermint Leaf – helps to soothe the stomach, and has cooling and energizing properties
- Lemongrass – has a nice lemony flavour, but also soothes headaches and muscle aches
- Lemon Balm – boosts alertness and mood, and helps combat indigestion
- Ginseng – enhances energy, boosts stamina and brain function, reduces stress
- Natural Orange Oil – does the same job as orange peel
- Cayenne Pepper – boosts metabolism
- Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Ginger Root
- Orange Peel
- Hibiscus Flowers – reduces respiratory inflammation and adds a tart flavour
- Lemon Balm
- Natural Berry Flavor
- Cinnamon – regulates blood sugar, boosts cognitive function, tastes freaking amazing
Since I take my iron supplement in the morning with my post-run breakfast, I couldn’t try the tea at the same time because caffeine hinders iron absorption. Instead, I made a cup of the Ginger Berry tea at work around 10:30 yesterday. The sachets contain loose leaf tea, which I let steep for about 5 minutes. The bright green colour might be a little off-putting for some, but the water actually turns a deep dark red colour.
Taste-wise, the berry flavour was subtle and really nice. The ginger was also detectable, as well as a nice earthiness that I’ve come to enjoy in matcha. The only not so great thing was that a lot of the matcha powder settled to the bottom of my tea cup. I decided against taking that last cloudy sip because it probably would have tasted much more green than I tend to prefer! In general, I found the Ginger Berry tea to be really enjoyable, and a nice change to the ones I’ve been drinking lately.
I haven’t tried the citrus mint flavour yet but will be steeping it tonight in the fridge, then drinking it before my run tomorrow. I don’t drink a lot of caffeine other than a cup of green tea per day, as well as Vega pre-workout energizer before most workouts. I think I’m more sensitive to it than the average person and am hoping that this translates into a nice boost of energy and a solid run tomorrow morning! If you’d like to check out The Runner’s Tea and learn more, you can find it here.
So tell me…
- Have to tried many flavoured matcha teas, or have you tried The Runner’s Tea yet?
- What’s your favourite way to enjoy peaches?