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Peaches: A Sweet Approach to Weightloss

At Forum Health Knoxville, we know wellness is not about taking a prescription medication to control a symptom. True wellness is the result of balancing five key points: nutrition, exercise, hormone balance, inflammation reduction and detoxification. At Forum Health Knoxville we address each of the five points of wellness to help you achieve not only weight loss goals, but more importantly your health and wellness goals.

As a dietitian, it is very rare that I see a client that does not have a symptom of some sort. For example, most people tell me they have heartburn, gas, bloating, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, headaches, fatigue, insomnia or sinus pain. Any symptom that you are experiencing is a sign your body is telling you that something is not right. Our bodies are very efficient at telling us we need to address a problem. We can address each of your symptoms by correcting the cause not just covering it up with a medication.

Whole body transformation starts with a willingness to change. From my point of view, nutrition is the best place to start (being a dietitian, I may be a little partial!). One of the best things for your health is to eat local foods. Living in the south, we are blessed with the ability to grow beautiful and nutritious peaches. Not only are peaches great for reviving your skin, but they have benefits that include aiding weight loss, preventing heart disease and high blood pressure and they contain an abundance of antioxidants. This month, take advantage of the local harvest and enjoy a fresh peach or two!

Blueberry Peach Crisp

This quick and easy dessert takes only a few minutes to put together. It’s a delicious way to enjoy nutrient-rich blueberries. For a twist on the recipe, top with a little vanilla yogurt. This dessert recipe is good enough for company and easy enough to prepare regularly for your family.

Prep and Cook Time: 10 minutes, cooking time: 45 minutes

10 oz fresh or frozen blueberries
1 lb of fresh or frozen peach slices
¼ cup apple juice
½ cup almonds
½ cup rolled oats
1 cup pitted dates
2 TBS apple juice
½ tsp cinnamon


  1. Preheat over to 350F (175C). Place blueberries in the bottom of a square 8-inch baking pan. If you are using frozen, make sure they are completely thawed and drained of excess water. Place peach slices on top of blueberries. If they are frozen make sure they are also thawed and drained of excess water. Drizzle ¼ cup apple juice over fruit.
  2. Remove pits from dates and place in the bowl of a food processor along with oats, almonds and cinnamon. After running the food processor for a minute and the dates have blended with oats and almonds, add apple juice, and mix well.
  3. Place mixture evenly over peaches and blueberries, and bake uncovered for about 45 minutes. Serve warm or cool.
Serves 4
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