SAN DIEGO, March 24, 2015 — The inspirational advent of spring brings a variety of glorious bounties from Mother Nature.
In addition to the springtime presence of an eclectic array of experiences including frogs croaking, melodious birdsong, and colorful budding flowers, it also provides a healthful selection of seasonal fruits.
Peaches, plums and apricots are a beautiful sight to behold at any local grocer or farmer’s market.
Peaches are softly fuzzy and sweet, attracting eager buyers with their peachy hue. They contain vitamin A, potassium, protein and fiber.
Plums are a rich purplish hue and contain vitamin A, potassium and small amounts of fiber.
What’s more, peaches, plums and apricots are all low in calories and contain fiber and sodium. They are also cholesterol-free.
There is much to appreciate and enjoy when a springtime recipe includes all of these spectacular fruits as main ingredients, ensuring a rich, delicious dessert that is also healthy.
The following springtime Peach, Plum and Apricot Crisp, discovered in MyRecipes.com, is a treasure to consume and delightful to behold on any supper table.
Peach, Plum and Apricot Crisp
4 1/2 cups sliced peaches
2 cups sliced plums
2 cups sliced apricots
3/4 cup granulated sugar (or sugar substitute for a diabetic diet)
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (gluten-free flour may be substituted)
1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
- Combine all ingredients in a large bowl; let stand 15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Spoon fruit mixture into a 13 X 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes or until bubbly.
While the crisp is baking, prepare the topping:
1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (gluten-free may be substituted)
1/2 cup packed brown sugar (or sugar substitute for a diabetic diet)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour (gluten-free may be substituted)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted butter (low-fat may be used)
Directions for topping:
- Combine oats and remaining ingredients (through salt) in a bowl.
- Sprinkle oat mixture over the fruit bake.
- Bake the entire crisp an additional 15 minutes, or until topping is lightly browned and fruit is bubbly.
Serve this delightful crisp while it’s warm. Adorn each serving with 1/3 cup low-fat vanilla ice cream.
Yields 12 half-cup servings
Fat: 6 g
Saturated fat: 3.2
Cholesterol: 13 mg
Other health properties: Fiber, iron, sodium and calcium.
Enjoy the natural bounty of springtime fruits, which are readily available to consume and enjoy!
It is simply divine that such edible gifts from nature could be so enjoyable and delicious, while also providing so many positive health benefits.
What wond’rous life is this I lead!
Ripe apples drop about my head;
The luscious clusters of the vine
The nectarine and curious peach,
Into my hands themselves do reach;
Stumbling on melons, as I pass,
Insnar’d with flow’rs, I fall on grass.
Andrew Marvell (1621-1678)
Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!
Laurie Edwards-Tate, MS, is a health care provider of over 30 years. As a featured “Communities Digital News” columnist, LifeCycles with Laurie Edwards-Tate emphasizes healthy aging and maintaining independence, while delighting and informing its readers. Laurie is a recognized expert in home and community-based, long-term care services, and is also an educator.
In addition to writing for “Communities Digital News,” Laurie is the President and CEO of her firm, At Your Home Familycare, which serves persons of all ages who are disabled and infirm with a variety of non-medical, in-home care and concierge services.
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