Who needs sugar when you have organic peaches around? While peaches have impressive health benefits – vitamin C, phenols, iron, fiber, antioxidants – their real magic is mouth-watering delicious taste that can replace added sugar all summer long. Before I pass over the nutritional benefits completely, it’s worth noting that the combined benefits – nutrition as well as replacing added sugar – put organic peaches into a “yes you should” category for nutrition that helps prevent and address major diseases like breast cancer, diabetes, and heart disease.
Organic peaches shouldn’t be a hard sell in the summer but here are a few tips to do even better in getting more people to buy and eat organic peaches all year long.
- FREEZE THEM: organic peaches can be a great way to add sweet nutrition to your Fall and winter meals long after they are in season. Advise people to purchase, wash, cut and freeze today, so they can enjoy later. Hint: you may want to dip them in citrus juice if you care about the color later (if blending or baking them in the future, no need).
- DEHYDRATE THEM: make Mother Nature’s candy for after soccer games, for school lunches, and for an easy nut butter & peaches sandwich at work or pre-workout.
- SUMMER COCKTAIL / MOCKATILS ARE PEACHY KEEN: use frozen or ready to eat peaches in your cocktails and mocktails in place of syrup and you can also make peach and cucumber water.
- BAKE THEM: organic peaches bake into a sweet sauce that can be drizzled over plain yogurt (dairy or dairy-free) as well as baking peaches with greens can make a delicious sweet and tangy dish.
Here’s a favorite peach smoothie recipe to share:
The Better Peaches ‘n Cream Smoothie
Load up on fiber, magnesium and healthy fats with this sweet creamy smoothie.
1 cup organic frozen peaches
4 cups organic spinach, tightly packed
4 dried organic apricots
1” piece organic ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon organic extra virgin coconut oil
3 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest vanilla hemp protein
2 tablespoons Manitoba Harvest hemp hearts
Pinch of sea salt
Juice of 1 organic lemon
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender with 3 cups of water. Blend on high, 45 seconds until smooth and creamy.
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