In Praise of Peaches

imagesI love fresh peaches!  There is nothing better than a ripe juicy peach in season.  Tease me if you must.  I seem to invite teasing.  Last summer, I went with my family to a Brewers’ game.  We brought brats, beer, potato salad, potato chips . . . and I brought a basket of peaches to share, apparently a huge breach of tailgate etiquette, as I quickly learned.  Among multiple mocking comments was this (oh, so clever) one:  “Yep, there’s nothing better than kickin’ back at the end of a long day with an ice cold peach!”  (Haha.  Ha.)

For those who find it difficult to eat enough fruits and vegetables, peaches are a delicious way to increase the daily total.  At about 60 calories each, they are a weight-friendly way to get extra fiber and Vitamin C.  Like most fruit, there is little preparation involved.  Slice a peach over cereal or grab one to go for a snack (a napkin would be good!).

I love peaches plain, but sometimes I like to jazz them up a little too.  For breakfast or a snack, I like to slice peaches into a bowl, add plain Greek yogurt (thicker and higher in protein than the regular plain yogurt), and top it off with a sprinkling of Honey Bunches of Oats with Cinnamon Clusters (a low sugar cereal with some crunch).  Another way I have enjoyed peaches lately is a similar, but sweeter, version of the yogurt mixture.  I use Edy’s Slow Churned vanilla ice cream instead of yogurt.  A big bowl is fairly low calorie if you use a lot of peach slices.

The most important thing about peaches is to get good ones, which is not always easy to determine.  While there is nothing better than a great peach, there is also nothing worse than a mealy or bitter one.  You can find good ones at any grocery store this time of year, but it is often a guessing game.  I prefer Brennan’s in Brookfield, because fruit is their specialty and they let customers taste everything.  If you are in the area, give it a try.  If you buy peaches that are not quite ripe yet, just put them in a paper bag until they soften.

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One response to “In Praise of Peaches

  1. My mouth is watering! Can’t wait to get home and eat one of the peaches sitting out on the counter. There really is nothing better than a juicy peach!

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