Health Tip:  Eating Seasonally


Why Eat Seasonally?

Did you know that eating with the season can provide nourishment on many different levels. Produce picked and eaten at its peak generally has more vitamins, minerals and antioxidants than food harvested before they're ripe and nutritionally matured. Eating seasonally also ensures a diet that is diverse, naturally detoxifying and one that keeps us connected to nature and to our environment, thus providing us with more energy, strengthened immune systems, balance, beauty and happiness.

Peaches are one of Summertime's super foods, packed with many health promoting compounds, vitamins, and minerals. This month we share with you a recipe for Pat's Chicken with Peaches and Jalapenos to help nourish you, combat disease and inflammation, and give you sustained energy all with a fiery kick! ;)


Recipe:  Pat's Chicken with Peaches and Jalapenos


2 whole chicken breasts with skin and bones (about 2 pounds total), halved
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 firm-ripe peaches, quartered
3 medium onions, quartered lengthwise
6 jalapeno chilies, quartered lengthwise and seeded (wear rubber gloves)
6 large garlic cloves
1 lemon, quartered
Accompaniment: basmati or brown rice


  • Preheat oven to 450° F
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and arrange, skin sides up, in an 18- by 11 1/2-inch roasting pan.
  • Drizzle chicken with oil and roast 20 minutes.
  • Scatter peaches, onions, jalapeños, garlic, and lemon over and around chicken.
  • Reduce temperature to 375° F. and roast chicken, covered with foil, 30 minutes more.
  • Remove foil and roast chicken, basting occasionally with pan juices, until peaches and onions are soft, about 30 minutes more.
  • Transfer chicken mixture to a platter, spooning any pan juices over it.

Recipe by Patricia Thieffry |Gourmet August 1996

"The mind, when housed within a healthful body, possesses a glorious sense of power."
 -Joseph Pilates

At Premier Pilates St. Louis we believe that diet and exercise go hand in hand.  Housing a "healthful body" with Pilates and nutrition can help create a body that is balanced physically, mentally, and spiritually.

TonyaOwner, Tonya Leeka is a Stott Certified Pilates Instructor, a graduate from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition® based in New York City and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach.  She has a Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Integrative Health from Maryland University of Integrative Health.  This education has equipped Tonya with extensive knowledge on holistic and functional nutrition, health coaching and preventative care.  

Along with Pilates, Tonya also works one on one with clients to help them make dietary and lifestyle changes that produce real and lasting results.  She offers nutritional workshops at the studio designed to educate groups on various nutritional topics.

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