The Peach!

peachThe peach is a deciduous tree, native to Northwest China, in the region between the Tarim Basin and the north slopes of the Kunlun Shan mountains, where it was first domesticated and cultivated. It bears an edible juicy fruit also called a peach.

Nutrition

1 peach = 59 calories

Add peaces to your diet!

Summer is the best time to buy peaches, when they are in the peak of their season and have the best flavor, freshness and nutritional value. Make sure to choose peaches with taut, fuzzy skin that give in slightly when pressed. To ripen peaches, place them in a paper bag or near a windowsill with plenty of sunshine.

When buying canned peaches, avoid those canned in heavy syrup and look for varieties with no added sugars.
Smoothie with peaches, bananas, pineapple and apple
Add a few slices of frozen peaches to your smoothies.

Make it a meal: Create a summer salad by starting with mixed greens or spinach and add dry-roasted nuts, fresh peaches, fresh mozzarella and grilled chicken, salmon or tofu. Drizzle with a balsamic dressing.

Easy as can be: Peaches are a quick and easy “on-the-go” snack that requires no prep time.

Have a peachy morning: Add peaches to your breakfast! Sliced peaches go great with oatmeal and cold cereals, and as a topper for pancakes, waffles and French toast.

So refreshing: Muddle peaches into your glass of lemonade, iced tea or water for a burst of fresh fruity flavor.

Sweet as pie: Bake sliced peaches with a drizzle of honey and cinnamon for a quick and healthy dessert.

Get spicy: Incorporate peaches into your salsa. Make a fresh salsa with diced peaches, mango, jalapeno, red peppers and chipotle pepper. Use as a topper for your favorite fish tacos.

Smooth it over: Add a few slices of frozen peaches to your smoothies. Add pineapple juice, half a frozen banana and Greek yogurt for a sweet citrusy treat.

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