August Produce Spotlight: Peaches
August 05, 2011 | Written By: Healthy Schools Campaign
There is nothing better than biting into a fresh, juicy peach that is so ripe you need a napkin in your other hand. August is National Peach Month and you are sure to find delicious, in-season peaches at the grocery store all month long.
Peaches are good sources of lycopene and lutein, similar to tomatoes. The lutein gives peaches their red and orange color and lycopene is especially beneficial in fighting cancer and preventing heart disease.
Here are some ways to use one of Mother Nature’s desserts in your everyday cooking!
- Slice some peaches over cottage cheese and add some chopped walnuts and honey on top for a mid-day snack.
- Slice peaches into rings and grill for a few minutes on each side. Serve with fish, chicken or over a summer salad.
- Crumble some graham crackers in a bowl. Slice peaches and lay over graham crackers. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or cool whip and some cinnamon or freshly grated nutmeg for a sweet dessert.
- Slice a crusty baguette into two thin pieces. Lay sliced Gruyere cheese, ham, peaches and arugula in between slices and toast for a sweet and savory Panini.
- Top your oatmeal with fresh peach slices, almond slivers, plain yogurt and a little brown sugar for a delicious breakfast.
- Blend peaches with strawberries, bananas, ice, skim milk and wheat germ for a fruity smoothie on-the-go.
- Enjoy a fresh peach on its own. . . just take a bite!
Plus! For more healthy ways to celebrate National Peach Month, click here!