Hy-Vee at Midday: Keen on Peaches

By Nicole Johnson, Hy-Vee Dietitian

Peaches are a favorite summer fruit for many and it is easy to see why. Peaches are juicy, sweet and full of nutrition! Peaches are great just by themselves or can be incorporated into delicious recipes.

Nutrition:
• A large peach has only 68 calories, 10% daily fiber, 11% daily vitamin A, 19% daily vitamin C and 10% daily potassium.
• Peaches also contain many disease-fighting nutrients like antioxidants. Antioxidants may reduce your risk for many types of cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke and even premature aging.

How to prepare:
• If you plan to eat a fresh peach within a day or two, look for peaches that are soft and sweet –smelling.
• If you will eat them later in the week, choose peaches that are firm and ripen them in a brown paper bag.
• Peaches can be stored at room temperature for up to 5 days.
• It is recommended to NOT refrigerate peaches as they began to break down between 36 degrees F and 50 degrees F.


Fruit Kabobs with Honey-Peach Dipping Sauce
All you need:
• 1/4 cup light sour cream
• 1 container (6 oz) fat-free Anderson Erickson™ peach yogurt
• 2 tbsp Hy-Vee honey
• 2 peaches, cut into chunks, divided
• 12 strawberries, stems removed, divided
• 24 red grapes, divided
• 4 kiwi, peeled and sliced into 1/2-inch slices, divided
All you do:
1. In a medium bowl, whisk together sour cream, yogurt and honey until smooth. Set aside.
2. On each of 6 wooden skewers, alternately thread peach chunks, strawberries, grapes and kiwi slices.
3. Serve kabobs with peach mixture.

Nutrition information per serving: 130 Calories, Carbohydrate 30g, Dietary Fiber 5g, Total Fat 1g, Sodium 25mg.
Daily nutritional values: 8% vitamin A, 150% vitamin C, 10% calcium, 4% iron.
Serves 6.


Island Sunset
All you need:
• 2 medium fresh peaches, quartered
• 1 cup non-fat milk
• ¼ cup frozen orange-pineapple juice concentrate
• 1 teaspoon vanilla
• 3 ice cubes (add more if desired)
All you do:
1. Combine peaches, milk, pineapple concentrate and vanilla in electric blender.
2. Whir until pureed.
3. Add ice and whir until smooth and fluffy. Serve immediately.
Serves 4.

Grilled Cake and Peaches
All you need:
• 1 cup balsamic vinegar
• 4 wedges angel food cake, each 1 inch thick
• 2 peaches, halved and pitted
• Whipped cream
All you do:
1. Heat the balsamic vinegar in a small saucepan until it comes to a boil, and then turn the heat down to low. Let the liquid simmer until it has reduced by 75 percent, leaving a thick syrup.
2. Place the peaches on a hot (and very clean) grill and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, rotating them 45 degrees midway through for nice grill marks. After rotating, add the cake and cook until the wedges are lightly charred on both sides, about 4 minutes total. Serve each slice of cake with a grilled peach half. Drizzle with the balsamic syrup and top with a whipped cream.
Nutrition per serving: 165 calories, 3 g protein, 35 g carbohydrates, 1 g fat (0.5 g saturated),
225 mg sodium
Source: www.delish.com
Serves: 4
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