When the Heat is on the Fruit is Fresh!

Even though most people feel like summer is winding down because it’s August, this is typically the hottest month of the year. It is also a great time for some delicious fruits. While berries may have reached their peak picking season, pears are getting ready to come in as are peaches. Fruits are a great source of nutrition, but it can be difficult to get children to eat them. Read on to learn more about the nutritional benefits as well as ways to present those peaches and pears differently.

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What pears and peaches have to offer:
  • Both are high in fiber and promote gut health
  • They have anti-inflammatory properties
  • Peaches are good for your eyesight
  • Pears boost heart health
  • Peaches and pears lower your risk for diabetes

But both kids and adults can be picky eaters, or we get stuck in a rut of making the same types of foods. What can be done to jazz up these fruits?

Tired of eating raw fruits? Try:
  • An easy Peach Sorbet recipe: Just blend 4 peeled and pitted peaches with 1 ½ cups orange juice and ½ cup low-fat vanilla yogurt. Pour this mixture into an ice cream maker and make it like you would any ice cream mix.
  • A foodie twist on the typical Peach Sorbet: Begin with roughly 3 cups of frozen peaches, ½ cup almond milk, 5 minced basil leaves, juice from half a lime, and 4 tablespoons honey. Blend this until smooth and then freeze in an airtight container until solid.
  • A simple recipe for Peach Sherbet: Peel and slice 5 or 6 peaches, and then lay them on a baking sheet lined with wax paper. Freeze the slices. Next puree the peaches and a can of sweetened condensed milk in a blender until the mixture looks like soft-serve ice cream. You can serve it immediately or freeze in an airtight container until it is a firmer texture.
  • Add some crunch to a grilled cheese sandwich with a pear or even an apple.
  • Make a pear and walnut salad.
  • Dehydrate pears and peaches and add them to trail mix

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