The Power of Peaches

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AUGUST, 2018

Peaches are a wonderful sweet treat that also provides good nutrition and they are in season right now. So, eat up because it’s Peach Day!

They provide antioxidants and keep your body working its best. Antioxidants keep your body healthy and protects it from disease. This is true of all fresh (and even frozen) fruits and vegetables but here’s the nutrition profile of peaches:

 

One peach has only 60 calories, less than 1 gram of fat, 0 grams sodium and 15 grams of carbohydrates to include 2 grams of fiber. Peaches have 1 gram of protein. More importantly, they are full of Vitamin A and beta-carotene (note the color).  They also contain Vitamin C which is required for boosting immunity as well as building connective tissue. Vitamin C can also act like an antioxidant which can help eliminate free radicals that cause certain cancers. They also contain a good amount of potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and iron.

Because of the level of electrolyte minerals peaches contain, add these to your athletic bag for a snack before, during or after your workout.

 

Summer is the best time to buy peaches as they are at their peak for best flavor, freshness and nutritional value. Choose peaches with a fuzzy skin that gives in to slight pressure. Avoid canned peaches because they are most often packed in syrup or extra sugar.

Here are some ways to incorporate these into your nutritional routine:

Add to a summer salad.  Start with fresh, mixed greens, grilled chicken, and balsamic dressing, for example.

Grab and go.

Add to protein bowls or smoothies.

Top off your morning oatmeal with fresh peaches.

Salsa. Add peaches, mango, jalapeno, and red peppers to homemade salsa for a little twist on a staple. Check out my favorite mango and peach salsa recipe here.

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