Life’s a peach. Especially in the summer. With prime peach season underway, it’s high time to eat this pit fruit. Peaches are loaded with fiber, vitamins A and C, and potassium. Plus it’s low in calories and ranks low on the glycemic index – so it’s the perfect snack for those looking to lose weight and keep their blood sugar levels in check. But in addition to all this healthy goodness, they also taste amazing. Here’s how to eat ’em.
1. Peach Chia Jam
(Recipe from DietTaste.com)
Jams are usually packed with sugar and can take up some time in the kitchen to prepare. But this recipe calls for raw peaches (listen up raw foodies) – and it’s quick to prepare. You take two cups of chopped peaches, a spoonful of chia seeds and some honey and put it all into a blender. No need for sugar and or a hot stove in this summer heat. After it’s chilled in the fridge for a bit, you can use it as jam on toast, as a fruit dip for apple slices or even as a pairing for cheese for unexpected guests.
2. Skinny Peach Crumble
(Recipe from SkinnyMom.com)
Nothing smells more like summer than a peach cobbler baking. If you want to indulge, try this skinny version. This recipe opts for Stevia, lemon juice and cinnamon to flavor the baked peaches. The crumble topping, which is still decadent with brown sugar and butter, cuts the ingredient amounts for a healthier dessert.
3. Grilled Cinnamon Peaches
(Recipe from WeightWatchers.com)
Do you have peaches, cooking spray and cinnamon in your pantry? Then you’re ready to make this 3-ingredient recipe. It’s like eating a peach pie without the crust. This is one of the cleanest ways to enjoy peaches for dessert or as a snack.
4. Chipotle Fish Tacos with Peach Salsa
(Recipe from FeastingAtHome.com)
You wouldn’t think peaches to be a good base for salsa, but when you have a spicy fish taco, nothing could be better. This recipe marinates fish with smoky spices, and the sweet peaches intensify the flavor. All you need for the salsa: four peaches, a red onion, a habanero or jalapeno pepper, cilantro, lime juice and a bit of kosher salt. The recipe calls for sugar, but we tried it without and it was just peachy.
5. Peach-Banana Smoothie Popsicles
(Recipe from OffBeatAndInspired.com)
You don’t have to be a gym rat or a nutritionist to think to put peaches in your morning smoothie, but why not make your smoothie into the perfect summer frozen treat. According to this recipe, just one is under 70 calories. You can make them with three peaches, a banana, some non-fat plain Greek yogurt, skim milk, and some honey, vanilla extract and allspice for flavoring.
6. 5-Minute Healthy Peach Frozen Yogurt
(Recipe from JustATaste.com)
Speaking of frozen treats, here’s another peachy way too cool off: frozen yogurt. The reason it only takes five minutes is because you use frozen fruit (add some honey, yogurt and lemon juice) and pop it in the blender. Voila! It’s ready to eat!
7. Easy Peach Tea Recipe
(Recipe from PassionForSavings.com)
Peaches can add such tang to your regular ol’ iced tea. And it’s just so pretty in a punch bowl or decanter with the slivers of peaches floating amongst the ice cubes. This recipe calls for peach syrup with is made with water, sugar and peaches boiled into a thick liquid. But don’t forget to add a few slices as garnish.
8. Peach Fruit Leather
(Recipe from Weelicious.com)
If you told us as kids we could make our own fruit roll-ups, you would have blown our little minds. This recipe uses just peaches and honey, which are blended, spread out, baked, cooled and cut into slices. How cool is that?
9. Peaches and Cream Quesadilla
(Recipe from ActivewearUSA.com)
We love that this treat can be made a head of time, stored in the fridge and snacked up when hunger hits. You just take a gluten-free tortilla, fill it with peach chunks, cream cheese and a touch of brown sugar, briefly pan fry it and serve (or refrigerate up to three days).
10. End of Summer Peach Apple Cobbler
(Recipe from Ohsheglows.com)
Peach season also means the coming of apple season, so this recipe is a perfect transition into autumn flavors. We love the sweet peach-apple filling and the gluten-free biscuit topping, which is made with gluten-free rolled oats, almond flour, baking powder, kosher salt, Sucanat, cinnamon, non-dairy butter and almond milk. Not even grandma would taste how healthy this really is.