Peach smoothies or peach ice cream?
Healthy vs. one of the most pleasurable foods of the summer.
This was my dilemma. And, my grandparents had the answer.
If you know my family, you know my dad’s health is not the best. My dad and I have very different ideas about what constitutes healthy food. He guzzles Gatorade, thinks fresh peaches and those from a can in heavy syrup are pretty much the same when it comes to nutritional content, and when he doesn’t have any appetite, how about soup and half a sub from Wawa?
I decided he should try my special DoTerra shake mix. Vegan protein powder mixed with fresh fruits, veggies and almond milk would be great. Right? (My homemade smoothies are totally delicious and have passed the Dan and Sophie test.)
Dad was happy to try my super-healthy smoothie. Although, I’m pretty sure after I left he told Mom, “Please don’t let her make those again.”
He kept asking me to make homemade peach ice cream. And, let’s face it, peaches mixed with vegan protein powder are not the same as homemade peach ice cream no matter what those smoothie recipe titles on Pinterest say. Really–no pumpkin pie smoothie has every actually tasted like anything you may have on Thanksgiving day with whipped cream.
I realized I was not listening to my dad. A couple smoothies were not going to solve his myriad of health issues. They were not going to improve his quality of life. (I’m totally still going to make them for him, though.)
Peach ice cream would make him happy. Happy can go a long way when it comes to your health. Dad’s been outliving expectations on a positive attitude for years.
Seriously, the man is 70 years old. Last Spring, we didn’t think he was going to make it until Easter. We’re on borrowed time here and I’m forcing health food down his throat while depriving him of deliciousness? What’s wrong with me?
My grandmothers lived into their 90s and one of my grandfathers until 102 on diets of pleasure. No food restrictions. They all consumed dairy, alcohol, caffeine, pasta, bread, heavy meats, and dessert. They set great examples of quality of life. Isn’t that what we all want? Especially, when we’re in our golden years? Do I want to be having vegan smoothies when I’m 70? Or restricting delicious foods in the name of “health”? These ideas of mine are not consistent with the examples I’ve been given on living a long, happy, life.
It was time for peach ice cream.
Fresh peaches from a local farmer, heavy cream, sugar, whole milk and vanilla.
That’s it for the ice cream. Not so terrible for you. No preservatives. No ingredients that you cannot pronounce or identify. Maybe this peach ice cream was healthier than I thought.
And, my dad was happy.
What I learned from this is that I can’t save my dad with what my grandfather would call my “tofu-fruity” ideas. But, I can make sure that our time together is good and filled with delicious, happy moments. That means more homemade ice cream.
Spoon yourself up some happy, delicious moments.
Peach Ice Cream
1 cup whole milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups heavy cream
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 medium peaches, skins removed and cut into 1/2 inch chunks
Mix the milk, sugar and salt until the sugar dissolves. Add in the cream and vanilla.
Refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Put into an ice cream maker and follow the directions. Usually, it takes 15-20 minutes.
Add the peaches.
Eat a few spoonfuls to be sure its delicious.
Freeze until firm.