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Peach Lemonade


Yesterday my alarm was set to go off at 6:15 — I had decided to “sleep in”. Of course, I was up at 5:40 and read emails until 6am in bed. I’m an early morning riser, but a new routine and new job have my brain racing 5,000 miles a minute and sleep hasn’t been as long or effortless as usual. I’m generally out within minutes, if not seconds, of my head hitting the pillow and sleep very soundly until my alarm goes off. In other words, I am sleep deprived and running on I-love-my-job adrenalin. No complaints.

I digress.

I was out of bed at 6 and making coffee and medicating Lily with antibiotics, hot spot powder, and gel for her eyes (do you know how hard it is to hold back the many wrinkles of a bulldog’s eyelid while trying to squeeze medication ONTO the eye with only two hands? This is why moms are rockstars). I did my 15 minutes of blogging, got dressed and ready, grabbed breakfast, gulped some coffee, set out my CSA box, and headed out the door with Lily who I then dropped at day care down the road.


I got to work 20 minutes later than I was hoping, but still very much so timely…early, even! (::high five, self!::)

I shadowed some of my employees in an effort to figure out all of their duties. I then got to work with the supervisor and cook to figure out what we want to try on next week’s cafeteria lunch menu, per the request of the staff.

Drum roll, please. On next week’s menu (for Team Healthy) we have: lentil sloppy joes, Buttermilk Whipped Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes, Baja Fresh Salsa, veggie fajitas (chicken and steak, too!), hummus plates with pita and veggies, and Salmon with Red Pepper Pesto. I am pretty pumped! Best part is, my staff are EXCITED to try new, healthier options, too!


But anyways, work is busy. Really busy and the days fly by. When you’re in a kitchen or hospital, there is ALWAYS something going on. And the fact that I get to work with food and food service and STILL be a dietitian (and working with diabetics!) is so, so, so perfect for me. Yes, 3 so’s! Perrrfect!!

I had every intention of leaving work, swinging by the grocery store for a few items, and picking up Lily by 6pm which is their closing time, but I ran out of time. I stayed too late at work and had to forgo shopping to get her in time. I then proceeded home to find a way-too-chatty electrician working on our workout room who absorbed 45 minutes of my workout time despite my every effort to make him leave. I said everything other than, “Can you please leave?”, but he wasn’t taking a hint, or hints.

I managed a quick 3 mile run before dinner and shower and by the time I sat down, it was after 9pm. And my bedtime is 10…11. Oh my.

Let’s just say an adult cocktail was in order by that time. Which leads me to…peach lemonade. Incredible on its own, but even better with some peach vodka*!!


Peach Lemonade slightly adapted from Cooking Light

4 cups water
4 peaches, roughly chopped
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup fresh lemon juice (about 5-6 lemons)
4 cups ice


Combine the first 3 ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 3 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to stand for 20-30 minutes.

Place peach mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into a large bowl. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Press peach mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving liquid; discard solids. Stir in lemon juice. Place 1/2 cup ice in each of 8 glasses. Pour lemonade into each glass.

Yield: 8 servings (2/3 cup each).

Nutrition Information (per serving*): 108 calories; 0.3 g. fat;  0 mg. cholesterol; 0 mg. sodium; 28.5 g. carbohydrate; 1.3 g. fiber; 0.8 g. protein

Result: Super fresh and refreshing! This was quick to make and a huge hit at a backyard barbecue. I left the vodka out so that people could enjoy with or without. Adding 1.5 ounces (a shot) of peach vodka to each serving adds about 100 delicious calories. I highly recommend it! With…or without, really. 😀 Enjoy!


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  1. July 12, 2012 / 5:58 am

    Glad to hear the new job is going great. I hope you are settled in at home now or at least almost there. I am so behind on what is going on where that I don’t actually know how long ago you moved. It was a busy spring/early summer for me with all that travel, but I am back in Japan now and catching up on reading posts. Sounds like a fun new job. You get to work in food service too? Doing clinical and food service? Have a great day!

    • Nicole, RD
      July 12, 2012 / 6:37 am

      Melinda, hi! I am way behind on keeping up with all my blog pals, too…but I’m so glad to hear you’re doing well! I envy all of your world adventures! My new job is at a small hospital that does a lot of out-patient surgery and out-patient physician visits, so I am a jack of all trades…or trying to become one! I absolutely love that I don’t have to choose between clinical and food service – it’s the best of both worlds!

  2. July 12, 2012 / 6:11 am

    Wow! These look so refreshing and delicious. I love these photos!

    You crack me up, can’t even make it to 6:15 to “sleep” in! So glad the new job is going well!

  3. Layla Bowen
    July 12, 2012 / 6:14 am

    Wow! Your menu sounds great. Better than most restaurants. What lucky employees.

  4. July 12, 2012 / 6:30 am

    I just love hearing about your new job. I’m in the process of trying to find out ‘what I want to be when I grow up’ and it’s nice to come across someone who actually loves their job!
    Also, I was just telling the bf yesterday I miss sloppy joes – it’s a sign you posted this recipe now ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. July 12, 2012 / 9:52 am

    Hooray for Baja Fresh Salsa making the menu! And your lemonade looks amaze balls! So glad you are loving your life Nicole!

    • Nicole, RD
      July 12, 2012 / 3:59 pm

      Baja Fresh Salsa is the best!!!

  6. July 12, 2012 / 11:18 am

    Omg, that looks delicious! I’m actually thinking that sweet tea vodka would be AMAZING with the peach lemonade. Would go down a little *too* easily!

  7. July 12, 2012 / 11:29 am

    Looks delicious! I’ve never made fresh lemonade before and this looks like the perfect thing for summer!

  8. July 12, 2012 / 3:37 pm

    This looks like the perfect summer cocktail!
    Glad you are loving your job! It sounds like you have been super busy! I don’t know how you do it. I can multi task well but eventually it catches up to me.

  9. July 12, 2012 / 5:11 pm

    That lemonade looks so refreshing…..I am so glad I found your through Foodbuzz. My son is type 1 and ever since he became teen feeding him healthy meals is a constant struggle. The buttermilk whipped cauliflower mashed potatoes sound really yummy…

  10. July 13, 2012 / 12:03 am

    I love flavored lemonades – this is a new one for me!

  11. July 13, 2012 / 6:46 am

    Yum yum! I’m salivating right now. I can’t even eat peaches, which is so depressing, but this sounds amazing.
    I’m reading about your job and it sounds AWESOME. I would LOVE to be back in the hospital kitchen again!!

  12. July 14, 2012 / 11:41 am

    Your job sounds awesome and the new menu sounds fantastic =) I’m sure it’ll go over well with everyone!

  13. July 14, 2012 / 1:05 pm

    I SO wish I had a big glass of this right now – it sounds so refreshing and is such a great twist on traditional lemonade!

  14. July 15, 2012 / 6:19 am

    Hi Nicole! I wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! I’m also a nutritionist and it’s great to see a colleague like you posting fun, healthy recipes that will not lead to starving yourself or counting calories all the time. The balance does the trick!
    Have a great Sunday! Christine from Munich, Germany

    • Nicole, RD
      July 15, 2012 / 8:26 am

      Hi Christine! I totally agree…thanks so much for reading! I have never been to Germany but would absolutely love to go. ๐Ÿ™‚ All my best!

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