You are what you eat and Peachy Peppered Shrimp and Scallops

by Joanne on January 28, 2011

If you get emails from Quality Health, you probably saw the short article by Seth Czarnecki “The Truth behind “You are What You Eat””.  In case you didn’t see it, here are just some of the interesting findings based on scientific evidence.  We all now that THOSE words mean serious business!

1. Food and Brain Function:  A diet that incorporates plant foods that are high in antioxidants (strawberries, blueberries, various nuts, etc.) were found to reverse age related deficits in neuronal and cognitive function.

2. Food and Athletic Performance:  If you exercise, for example run in excess of 20 miles per week, your performance will benefit by paying attention to the glycemic index of foods.  Lower GI foods (pasta, nuts, beans, etc.) eaten about an hour before physical activity has been found to drop blood sugar prior to exercise, resulting in a sparing of muscle glycogen.  This means less fatigue and better overall performance.    Alternatively, eating foods high on the GI (bananas, muffin, bagel, etc) are useful during and after workouts. The spike in blood insulin can help boost short term energy thus the benefit of carb gels when pushing yourself during a race.   

3.  Food and Sexual Performance:   ….Sorry Guys. For this little piece of VERY IMPORTANT INFO., you’ll have to read the article.  I’m such a buzz kill aren’t I ?!  Just kidding

In conclusion, a balanced diet, one comprised of whole grains, lean protein, and a variety of plant foods, is essential for overall health and performance.

I’m sure all you foodies are well aware of those facts above, but DID YOU KNOW…In the book by nutritionist Victor Linlahr “You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet in 1942” was the first time the phrase made its appearance in the English-speaking world?  Just a little factoid for your Friday Foodie Fun.  Winking smile

Peaches and SHRIMPno cream in this dish. Sorry.

It’s a good thing peaches can be frozen. If not, we wouldn’t be able to make this gorgeous dish. But… not to worry. Peaches CAN be frozen and we CAN make this delicious ensemble of fruit, shrimp and scallops.


Serves 3 to 4 with a side vegetable (we had oven roasted brussels– too good!)


· ½ cup Barbecue sauce

· ¼ cup frozen peaches – sliced (about 4 large, thick slices)

· 1 TBS bourbon  (come on! only 1 tablespoon! You can do it!)

· 12 sea scallops

· 6 to 8 frozen sliced peaches, partially thawed

· 1 large green pepper cut into large chunks

· 12 peeled, raw large shrimp

· 1 TBS olive oil

· salt and pepper

Combine the barbecue sauce with the bourbon and the ¼ cup peaches in a saucepan. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and let cook for 8 minutes. Stir once in a while then let it cool just a bit.

Now put the mix into a blender and puree until smooth.

Preheat the broiler.

In a bowl, toss the scallops, peaches, pepper, and shrimp. Add the olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. NOTE:  Make sure your scallops and shrimp are dry.  After rinsing, pat dry REALLY well with a paper towel.

Spread onto a broiler sheet and broil for 6 – 8 minutes – stir around and flip over half way.

Brush with barbecue sauce during last 1/2 minute of broiling.

*based on a recipe by Marc Forgione of New York.


I never put peaches and shrimp together before. What a wonderful pairing.



Yet another TGIF!  Oh Yeah!  Tell me all about your wonderful plans.

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  • At 2011.01.28 14:37, Monet said:

    Thank you for all the nutrition factoids! I need to start paying more attention to the GI of foods for my pre and post workout snacks. And thank you for this delicious shrimp pasta recipe. It sounds so unique and flavorful. I love pairing shrimp with some sweetness. As for my weekend plans? I have a lot of writing to do!

    • At 2011.01.28 15:32, Cakewhiz said:

      Thanks for sharing that info. Your shrimps look so savory. I really like the sound of peaches in this recipe.

      • At 2011.01.28 16:07, Rose said:

        I bet mangos would work really well in that dish, too.

        When my eating is all messed up my BO definitely smells bad. It’s a good indicator of a need for dietary changes for me. And my BO probably smells terrible to other people. I just I’m just lucky it smells silly to me.

        • At 2011.01.28 17:06, Joanne said:

          Monet – have a wonderfully creative weekend. I know I’ll enjoy the results 🙂

          • At 2011.01.28 17:06, Joanne said:

            Thank you. It was a unique blend of flavors. A nice change.

            • At 2011.01.28 17:07, Joanne said:

              Rose- Oh yeah! The deli sammy BO gal! Wish my BO could smell so good 🙂

              • At 2011.01.29 08:54, Joanne said:

                This post is definitely motivating me to really get back on the eating superhealthy bandwagon! My body needs it! And deserves it!

                • At 2011.01.29 15:10, Kate said:

                  I love your blog! You’re just awesome.

                  On the topic of sexuality- I recently went to hear Dr.Neal Barnard speak about veganism and health and he mentioned that vegan men are far less likely to have erectal dysfunction than meat-eating men. He also talked about how switching to a vegan diet often reverses this problem as well. It all has to do with blood flow. A plant based diet promotes healthier blood flow and so on and so forth.

                  I love how food and sex are linked 🙂

                  • At 2011.01.29 22:07, Amanda @ BakingWithoutABox said:

                    You know I totally clicked over to the sex thing, right? Mind, gutter, half second. I’ve got to start paying more attention to GI index. My body isn’t functioning on what I usually put in it since we’ve upped our mileage to 20+ weekly. So your post was so timely for me!
                    Peach and shrimp? Outstanding! You know I’ve never tried cooking scallops. I’ve been a little “chicken.” Someday. Looking at your photos, I wished I could just dig in!

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