Considering Adding Peaches in Your Diet?
Chew on this:
Biting into a fresh juicy peach is just delightful. But when peaches are abundant, there are so many ways to prepare and enjoy this summer fruit through early fall.
- Make a Salsa: Finely dice 4 peaches, 4 tomatoes, 2 green peppers and 1/2 green onion. Mix and combine with the juice from 1 lemon. Serve with tortilla chips or over chicken or fish.
- Add to your beverage: Muddle fresh (or frozen) peaches in the bottom of a glass to add a flavor boost to water, tea or lemonade.
- Grill: Cut a peach in half and remove the pit. Brush the cut side with olive oil. Grill cut side down over medium heat, 4-5 minutes, then flip the peaches and cook another 4-5 minutes, until the skin is charred and peaches are soft. Serve with vanilla yogurt or ice cream, cut up over salad or as an accompaniment to dinner.
- Bake, Broil, or Sauté. For a delicious snack, a light dessert or sweet side dish, warm some peach slices, then add a little cinnamon.
- Make a smoothie: Toss fresh or frozen peaches into a blender with some low-fat yogurt (or milk), bananas, and ice.
- Include at breakfast: Slice up a peach and add to hot or cold cereals, pancakes or waffles, yogurt or cottage cheese.
- Make fruit leather: A great snack for kids (and adults!): Peel and pit peaches, then purée in a blender. Pour the purée onto a parchment-lined cookie sheet and bake at 170°F for 6 to 8 hours. It is “done” when the fruit leather becomes darker and all the moisture has evaporated. Invert the leather and gently peel off the parchment paper. Roll up the “sheet” of fruit leather, starting from the short side, then cut the leather with kitchen shears into 1” strips. Store in an airtight container for a few days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.
- Make a Yogurt Bowl: In a blender or processor, combine a 1/4 cup rolled oats, 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon and a pinch of nutmeg. Blend mixture into powder-like consistency. Add 1/2 cup low fat vanilla yogurt, 2 teaspoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of orange juice, 1/4 cup of cold water and 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Pulse a few times, then add a pitted, sliced peach and blend until very smooth and creamy. Transfer to a container with a lid and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Pour into a bowl and garnish with toasted oats, chopped fresh peaches and a dollop of yogurt. *Increase ingredients proportionately for more than 1 serving.
- Make Peach Muffins: Perfect quick breakfast, light snack or healthy dessert. Check out this recipe for Peach Cinnamon Muffins!
- Make Frozen Yogurt: Enjoy a peachy dessert. Peel and slice 4 cups of fresh peaches (about 6 – 8 peaches) and gently freeze. Alternately, use a 1 lb. bag of frozen peaches, slightly thawed. Combine with 1/2 cup plain yogurt, 3 tablespoons of honey and 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice in a large bowl. Add mixture to food processor in batches, blending until peach mixture is creamy. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and freeze to enjoy later.
Try these Gourmet Selections selected by our Dietitian!