There are numerous health benefits to peaches and nectarines, but the most promising one is the ability of these stone fruits to lower inflammation, which in turn lowers risk for diabetes, heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Here are 5 creative ways to add more peaches to your meals this summer.
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Make it a Full Plate Meal: Assemble your overnight oats the night before, and you can add the peaches in the morning for a delicious breakfast.
75% fiber foods – old fashioned oats, peaches
25% foods – coconut cream, unsweetened almond milk, chia, maple syrup
Recipe Note: Skip the coconut cream as it is very high in saturated fat.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Pack this salad for a light lunch. A small side of beans and rice would make it a more filling option.
75% fiber foods – nectarines, cherry tomatoes, arugula, brown rice, beans
25% foods – cheese balls, pine nuts, olive oil
Recipe Note: Use only 1 tablespoon of olive oil to keep 25% items in their allotted space.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: This nice cream makes a great dessert after dinner and will Power Up whatever is on your menu. If you're looking for suggestions, this chickpea pasta salad would make for an easy one pot meal.
75% fiber foods – peaches, banana, chickpeas, pepperoncinis, grape tomatoes, red onion, parsley
25% foods – dressing, whole wheat pasta, maple syrup
Recipe Note: To make pasta salads healthier, always double up on the veggies, not the pasta.
Make it a Full Plate Meal: This salad makes for a nice light supper when it's just too hot to cook. Make it more hearty by adding grilled chicken or if you want to keep it mostly 75% plate foods, add cooked quinoa.
75% fiber foods – greens, avocado, zucchini, peach, corn, cherry tomatoes, basil, quinoa
25% foods – feta, chicken
Make it a Full Plate Meal: Plate this cold summer soup as directed in the recipe. Enjoy for supper or lunch during the weekend. Make it more hearty by serving with a slice of avocado toast.
75% fiber foods – peaches, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onion, fresh basil, avocado
25% foods – whole wheat bread