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Everyone here at Peaches wants you to be the happiest and healthiest version of yourself. We love fresh food that’s good for you and your family and delicious all at the same time. Which is why this month we’re having a look at good food for the heart. Sure, we’re also about those food trends like acai or coconut water in a can and we can never say no to an antipasto platter, but it’s also really important to make sure you’re looking after your health and putting the good stuff into your body to ensure a healthy future.
One of the best ways to do this is to add antioxidants to your diet. Antioxidants neutralise naturally produced free radicals, which have been linked to heart disease and certain cancers. So just to confirm, we love antioxidants! We’ve compiled a list of some of the best foods that will keep that precious heart of yours ticking.
Oranges are awesome! These spherical, juicy wonders are jam packed with Vitamin-C, which is amazing at neutralising free radicals, and they also contain flavonoid hesperidin, which aids in keeping blood pressure at bay. Try cutting up a few orange wedges for the kids’ lunchboxes to make sure they’re upping their intake.
There is so much right with blueberries. They’re low in calories but jam packed with nutrients and have the highest antioxidant capacity out of all the fruit and veg that we commonly eat. No joke, blueberries are the bomb. So go and get yourselves some blueberries to add to your morning yoghurt and granola or in your morning smoothie.
A great snack for those of us on the go, studies show that almonds help prevent heart disease and heart attacks. The monounsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants that are found in almonds help to reduce inflammation and aid in artery health. And the really great thing is almonds can go in/on anything PLUS there’s always almond milk to switch to for your morning coffee!
It’s always hard to get the kids to eat their greens, but these ones are worth the hassle. Broccoli contains anti-inflammatory properties that prevent blood vessel linings being damaged. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and contains an incredibly concentrated amount of beta-carotine, another important antioxidant. So jazz up those little trees and get them on your plate!
Surely by now we’ve all heard about the endless benefits of drinking green tea as well as it’s remarkable caffeine levels so if you’re looking to kick the coffee, this drink is the perfect health supplement. But what’s often overlooked is that the humble cup of green tea is great for the heart. It contains our favourite, flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant so you can say goodbye to those free radicles. So if you’re needing a midday pick me up, look no further than a freshly brewed cut of green tea.
And we’ve saved the best until last. Everyone’s favourite breakfast side, the avocado is full of monounsaturated fatty acid, which has been linked to reducing inflammation and has been linked to reducing your risk of heart disease. So the next time you’re out to breakfast and you see a side of avo for an extortionate price, give yourself the all clear to drop that cash and just tell your bank account that you’re doing it for your heart. Or just head down to Peaches and pick them up cheap and completely guilt free!
That’s a wrap on our favourite heart healthy foods, all of which can be found fresh and ready to go at Peaches Fresh Food. Pop in and ask any of our knowledgeable and friendly staff about even more products that are jam-packed with antioxidants that are good for the heart and start looking after yourself today!
We don’t know about you, but these days we’re not heading to the parties for the drinks. We drag ourselves out of the house after a long day of work to be social butterflies for one very important reason: the food.
But there’s one thing specifically that makes our hearts aflutter when we walk through the door at a social event. They make our hearts race, our knees weak and our mouth salivate. What is it? It’s grazing tables, of course!
Those cold cuts presented with loving care, those wheels of cheese that we all fantasize about eating all by ourselves, that fresh fruit that makes us feel better about all the cheese and cold cuts that we’ve just put away. A good grazing table is one of life’s greatest joys. And that, dear friends, is why we’ve decided that grazing tables are our product of the month this month here at Peaches Fresh Food.
SO how do you create a grazing masterpiece for your next party or event? With a focus on fresh, quality and local produce, you can ensure your guests will walk away dreaming about that soft, creamy Margaret River Brie on a crisp water cracker, praying they get invited to the next one. Here are our top tips to create the perfect grazing table.
Fresh is Best
No one likes a soggy grape or a stale cracker. The great thing about grazing tables is that your cheeses and meats will be fine to pick up a few days in advance, but make sure your breads, fruits and veg are as fresh as can be. Don’t skimp on quality either! There’s some incredible local produce coming out of Western Australia, like Blue Cow cheese, Swan Valley Honeycomb and Table Top Grapes that will really make your table memorable, and also aid in telling a story about our beautiful state and all that it has to offer.
Keep it Balanced
We realise that the first thing anyone will go for on a grazing plate are the cheeses or the meats, but it’s important to include fresh elements to balance out the indulgent, heavier foods. Try including fresh fruit like grapes, cherries, figs and cherry tomatoes or vegetable sticks like carrot, capsicum and cucumber. Your veggies will also double as a vehicle for inhaling a selection of dips like hummus, tzatziki or baba ganoush. Carbs are a must, and will go quick with all the goodies you’ve got on your board, so don’t skimp on the crackers, crostini or fresh bread. You could even liven it up with some fresh meats like chicken and haloumi skewers or smoked salmon! Don’t forget your antipasto, including olives, artichokes and sun dried tomatoes. And don’t forget your dried fruit like apricots and raisins, and while you’re at it, throw in some good quality chocolate or honeycomb for good measure.
But enough about what goes on the table (or board, or plate), let’s have a look at how you want your final product to look. Grazing tables are very ‘on trend’ at the moment so you’ll find thousands of examples on Pinterest and Instagram of how to set one out. If you’re looking to create an Instagram worthy grazing table, try adding dimension with different levels depending on your table. Against a wall, try creating a higher level at the back so everything is in full view and easy access, or with a circular table, make sure the height is in the centre and tiers out toward the edge. There’s also no need to have your table looking perfectly put together. So tear, rather than cut, or scatter things around at a few different places over the table so everyone can easily reach. Fill in any gaps with a little bunch of grapes or some extra crackers and you’ll be sure to have a grazing table that dreams are made of.
For a one stop shop for everything you’ll need putting a grazing table together, head down to Peaches Fresh Food where we have loads of fresh, local produce that will ensure you have the tastiest and prettiest table on the block.
It’s 2017 and we’re feeling pretty current and on-trend. It’s no surprise that we’re passionate about all things organic and ethical, but we’re kicking off the year by taking things to the next level.
Not only is our product of the month this month organic and super healthy, it’s also coming out of an amazingly ethical company so we’ll all be doing our part for the environment this month, as well as looking after our health.
Introducing the latest Instagram sensation and health-food craze – Kommunity Brew Kombucha.
You’ve no doubt heard the word Kombucha among all the ‘new year, new you’ conversations, but what actually is this strange sounding thing?
Pronounced kom-boo-cha, this lightly fermented, floral tea dates back more than 2000 years and is said to have been used as an immortal health elixir.
Originating from the Himalayas, Kombucha was used to cure diseases such as cancer and arthritis. Jam packed with goodies like antioxidants, probiotics, B-vitamins and vitamin C, Kombucha is super nutritional, and who doesn’t need a bit of that in their life?
And if that’s not enough to get you driving down to Peaches today, wait till you hear about the boys at Kommunity Brew. Taking ethical business to the max, the three best friends, Jarred, Beau and Mason are on a mission to supply the best possible kombucha to Aussie locals. Focusing their business around local, organic ingredients, being cruelty free and ethical, the boys make sure there are no nasties in the Kommunity Brew experience. Their micro-brewery is working towards becoming off-the-grid. Within the company there is a massive focus on end-product waste, with biodegradable labels and recyclable bottles.
But it doesn’t end there, and hold on to your hats here – Kommunity Bew Kombucha is vegan, paleo, gluten free, organic and has less that 2% sugar.
It’s made from a floral tea, virgin-bushland spring water and raw sugar and is fermented in a similar way to cider or champagne. Where do we sign up?!
So if you’re on that new year detox or looking to switch out your coffee for something healthier, or you’re just like us and love a delicious drink that’s good for the body and the soul, come on in to Peaches Fresh Food for all the Kommunity Brew Kombucha that your little heart desires.
For any enquiries, feel free to ask one of our friendly staff members in store.
Google the word ‘detox’ and you’ll find literally millions of ideas on how to cleanse your body and mind. But instead of rummaging through all the ridiculous articles about miracle teas that are really laxatives in pretty packaging, we’ve come up with our own little how-to on detoxing that won’t leave your body devoid of all nutrients and energy, but will instead leave you feeling refresh, energised and the healthiest you’ve felt in a long time.
Instead, we think that the focus of any detox should be on quality, fresh food and drinks that nurture and nourish your body, to leave you feeling like a whole new you.
With any detox, diet, exercise regime or change in lifestyle, your body will take time to adjust.
The first three or so days will no doubt be the hardest, and we’re only human so we’ll most probably feel like giving up. But push through! Once you get through those first few days, you’ll wake up feeling like you could do it forever.
Think about what you’d like out of your detox. If your end goal is to shed those Christmas kilos, make sure you’re watching your portion sizes. If you’re just looking to start the year off on the right foot, incorporate exercise and meditation into your routine. Decide how long you’d like to detox for. Will you detox for one week or a month? Most importantly, keep your overall health in mind. There’s no need to starve when there’s plenty of nutrient-rich food available to you!
Here are our top tips on how to get started on your post-holiday detox.
Processed Food/Refined Sugars
This is a big one, guys. This is where you’ll feel the change. For the duration of your detox, say goodbye to processed food and drinks like fast food, canned or frozen food, processed meats and packaged snacks. We’re going natural. A good way to think about this is, if it’s fresh out of the ground or off a tree, it’s good to eat. In terms of protein, steer clear of cured meats and stick to organic, fresh meat. And say goodbye to refined sugars, meaning lollies and chocolate (sorry!) are out the door.
It’s currently trending, which means that going organic is easier than ever. Organic produce is taking over! This is a really important aspect of your detox as it eliminates all those hidden nasties in your foods, like additives and preservatives, and boosts your body up with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and omega-3s. Plus it’s great for the environment and livestock!
Switch Out Your Coffee
So you’ve just got back from holidays and you’re thinking there’s no way we’re convincing you to give up your morning coffee. We’re here to tell you that there are much healthier ways to get that exact same caffeine kick! Try organic teas that are packed with caffeine like green or oolong, or get adventurous and try a Kombucha tea that’s organic and fermented.
We understand if you’re not into cutting your carbs completely, and quite frankly, there’s no need to. Carbohydrates are an essential part of any diet as a source of long-lasting energy. The key here is to eat the right kinds. Go for wholegrains only, like brown rice, multigrain bread, quinoa and oatmeal.
So let’s get started! Head down to Peaches Fresh Food now for endless options for fresh and organic produce that will make your detox that much easier. If you have any questions about our products, ask one of our friendly staff members for advice.
With the new year in sight, it’s time to start thinking about what the next phase of your life will hold. It’s time to start setting your goals and resolutions for the year ahead, to ensure that when 2018 rolls around, you can look back and see just how far you’ve come in a year. But just for a change this year, we thought it might be fun to try setting goals that are actually obtainable. Goals that we can actually stick to and work at, rather than those vague resolutions that we keep for a week and then end up needing to set again for the next year. Studies show that 92% of new year resolutions fail by January 15th! Well this year, we’re going to make ‘em stick! How do we do this pray tell? The trick is to keep it specific. Goals that are time-bound and measurable are proven to work best, and writing down your goals makes you 50% more likely to achieve them! So now that we know how to set them, let’s have a think about exactly what goals to set for the coming year.
We’ve all done it, we tell ourselves “this year I’ll eat healthier”. So vague, so difficult to stick to. With a goal like that, you’ll no doubt hit that #cleaneating trend hard in the first couple of weeks of the year, but after that, this one becomes a little unrealistic for us mere mortals. Instead, try being more specific. Perhaps decide to eat healthy fats, like avocados and omega-3s. Choose one or two days of the week where you have salmon for one of the meals that day. Or maybe buy a new recipe book of healthy recipes and set a goal to try a new recipe once a week. There are so many ways you can be healthy throughout the year; the trick is to be specific. And if you’re looking for the freshest ingredients for your healthy meals or snacks, head down to Peaches where you’ll find the best quality produce to keep you motivated!
Another crowd favourite, we’re all aware of how easily this one can fall by the wayside. Try to keep things exciting when you’re setting goals to exercise. Perhaps every Sunday morning you try a new class like yoga on the beach or a barre class that incorporates ballet with pilates and cardio. Or put aside a time in the week to take a hike through some of the beautiful national parks or along the stunning coastline. Another great way to stay motivated is to find a workout buddy so there’s no bailing on leg day.
Kick the caffeine addiction
2016 has been a big year, so no surprise we’ve all got a low-key caffeine addiction by this stage. Reset your body by switching out that 4th coffee for the day for a herbal tea instead. Slowly work your way back to the recommended daily dose of 5 espresso shots (equivalent of 2 takeaway flat whites). At Peaches, we have an amazing range of teas that will send you into the stratosphere. Make sure you drink lots of water as well to keep hydrated!
So go forth and set goals! Remember, keep it specific and keep it realistic. For any advice on how to eat healthy or for all the best and freshest produce, come down the Peaches Fresh Food and say hey to the Peaches Family!
As the year 2016 draws to a close, we often take the time to reflect on the year passed, as well as look ahead to the year to come. 2016 was a big year, a year of excitement and change. Trump won the US election, the Brexit motion passed, Rio De Janeiro hosted the summer Olympics, and Beyoncé released her sixth studio album, Lemonade. Mmm, lemonade. We, here at Peaches Fresh Food, love lemonade. We also love Beyonce, but boy do we love lemonade. Which is exactly why we’ve decided that to wrap up the year, we’d make our product of the month Effervé Lemonade. Perfect for that hot summer’s day, lounging by the pool, Effervé lemonade will quench your thirst AND satisfy your taste.
Arriving in a beautifully packaged bottle, the Efferve range boasts 11 delicious flavours ranging from classic French to Tangerine and Lime. Using a traditional French recipe and artisan processes, the product is born from the natural springs of north-east France. Natural Spring water is at the core of these drinks, sourced straight from the natural springs that have flowed for centuries among the Vosges Mountains in the stunning Alsace region. Straight from the mountains to the bottle, the range is not only delicious but healthy as well! Made with all natural flavours, the entire Efferve range is also gluten-free and non-GMO, meaning there’s something for absolutely everyone that rocks up to those work and family end of year parties.
We know what you’re thinking. “End of year party, you say? If there’s any end of year parties, it’s not likely I’ll be drinking a sparkling lemonade….” Well that’s where you’re wrong! These fruity beauties are delicious on their own but even more delicious mixed in to your favourite summer cocktail. Why not make your usual gin and tonic with the delicate and lady-like pink lemonade from the Effervé range in place of tonic? Or you might try the classic French lemonade to take your usual summer shandy to that next level. And for those of you that are feeling a little more adventurous, here’s one of our favourite cocktail recipes from the Effervé range:
The Blood Orange
- 1 part of Vodka
- ¼ part of Triple Sec
- ¼ part of simple syrup
- 2 ½ parts of Efferve Blood Orange
Pour all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and mix. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a twist of Blood Orange peel. Enjoy!
For more ideas on what to whip up with the Efferve lemonade range, head to their website www.eurobubblies.com and come on down to Peach Fresh Food to try the four we have in stock today.
The silly season is just around the corner, and with it comes all those end of year work parties, family barbecues, sundowners with the friends and new year celebrations! Here at Peaches Fresh Food, we can’t wait to indulge in all the beautiful food and wine that comes with this time of year.
There is nothing that gets us more excited than an amazing Sunday morning breakfast, and what breakfast is better and more exciting than pancakes.
This vegan pancake recipe is tried and tested and all of the ingredients you can pick up at Peaches!
1 cup of plain flour (or wholemeal)
1-2 tablespoons of raw sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons of baking soda
1 cup of almond milk
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
Mix all the dry ingredients together.
Mix wet ingredients together.
Mix them all together.
It’s that simple!
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