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Peaches are the quintessential taste of summer! Their juicy sweetness and portability make them a go-to snack for everyone, from busy adults to picky eaters. But beyond their deliciousness, peaches offer a surprising wealth of health benefits.

Here’s why you should reach for a peach:

  • Vitamin C Powerhouse: Ditch the sugary orange juice and get your daily dose of Vitamin C naturally! Peaches are a fantastic source, supporting a healthy immune system and fighting free radicals.

  • Vision and Skin Health: Rich in Vitamin A, peaches contribute to healthy eyes and glowing skin, while also reducing inflammation and boosting immunity.

  • Potassium Powerhouse: Potassium keeps your blood pressure in check, regulates blood sugar, and maintains fluid balance. So after a workout, grab a peach instead of just reaching for water – it provides electrolytes for optimal muscle recovery!

  • Gut Health Hero: Peaches can help with gut motility issues (learn more about gut motility in our blog post here!).

  • Antioxidant Champion: Peaches are loaded with antioxidants, those warrior molecules that combat free radicals and protect your body from disease and gut issues. One unique antioxidant, caffeic acid, helps shield you from harmful molds like aflatoxin, commonly found in peanuts and corn.

  • Candida Control: If you’ve explored functional medicine, you might be familiar with Candida overgrowth. While some doctors address it topically, peaches, along with a low-sugar diet, can be a powerful tool to combat this issue (learn more about Candida in a future post!).

A Note on FODMAP Sensitivity:

If you experience bloating, gas, or have IBS/SIBO, peaches might be a trigger food due to their FODMAP content. However, for everyone else, enjoy these delightful summer treats!

Peachylicious Recipe Ideas:

  • Summer Salad Sensation: Combine mixed greens or spinach with dry-roasted nuts, diced peaches, fresh mozzarella, and your choice of grilled chicken, salmon, or tofu. A drizzle of balsamic dressing completes this refreshing and nutritious meal.
  • Peachy Mornings: Blend peaches into your favorite smoothie or add slices to our gluten-free NL pancakes (recipe here!).
  • Grilled Delight: Try grilled peaches with a balsamic glaze, or serve them alongside grilled chicken or fish.
  • Snack On-the-Go: Simply slice up fresh peaches for a convenient and healthy snack!

Here are some delicious recipes:

          Spiced Grilled Peaches by Beautiful Eats and Things

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One Pot Chicken and Peaches by Beautiful Eats and Things

 

Wholesomelicious Seared Ahi Tuna With Peach Salsa

So next time you’re looking for a refreshing and nutritious summer treat, grab a peach! Your taste buds and your body will thank you.

 

Published On: July 30, 2019|By |
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