August was designated as National Peach Month by President Ronald Reagan in 1982. The National Peach Council began promoting activities related to the new holiday and encouraged everyone to “reach for a peach” during August. Let’s take a closer look at how peaches can be a healthy addition to your daily diet.
Why eat peaches?
The USDA Dietary Guidelines recommend getting 1.5 – 2 cups of fruit per day depending on your calorie requirements. Peaches are low in calories (one medium peach contains 50 calories), contain no saturated fat, and they are packed full of vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, C, E, K, niacin, folate, iron, choline, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, and copper.
Healthy ways to enjoy peaches
There are plenty of ways to enjoy this delicious summer fruit. You can eat it fresh off the tree, prepared on the grill, or even make your own peach ice cream. August 22 is National Eat a Peach Day. Try this homemade no-churn peach ice cream recipe in honor of this stone fruit’s special day: No-Churn Peach Ice Cream
Remember … there are no good and bad foods, so enjoy this treat without guilt!