The sweet yet tart taste and fragrant aroma make peaches a popular snack. Besides being a tasty summer treat, peaches do great things for our bodies. Loaded with anti-oxidants, Vitamin C and A , peaches are low in calories (39 in 100 grams). They contain flavonoid poly phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zea-xanthin and ß-cryptoxanthin, which help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals. This helps protect us from various diseases. Rich in minerals, peaches contain potassium, fluoride and iron. Iron helps form red blood cells. Potassium helps regulate heart and blood pressure. Fluoride helps prevent cavities. Research also indicates that they help prevent obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease.
During season, be sure to include the fragrant peach in salads, smoothies, pancake toppings, and grilled side dishes. The rest of the year, they are readily available frozen.
To grill peaches, cut in half and remove pit. Brush olive oil on cut side and place cut side down on grill. Grill about 3 minutes until peach begins to caramelize. Turn over for 2 minutes. Remove and dribble honey, maple syrup or agave nectar on cut side if desired. Personally I find a fresh, ripe peach is sweet enough by itself.
Several years ago, I read a great recipe on Facebook for a peach smoothie. It is based on a milk of your choice such as low fat, coconut milk or almond milk. This is my take on it.
Use organic when available. Serves 1
- 1 cup milk of choice such as almond
- 1 sliced frozen banana
- 1 or 2 peaches depending on size
- 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 cup ice
- Place all ingredients in blender or food processor
- Blend well and enjoy!
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