I 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.