Southern as a Peach
It is peach pickin’ time! Peaches are a popular fruit in the South and many have memories of picking peaches off a tree barefoot. No peach tree? The next best thing is to enjoy fresh peaches from your local farmer’s market.
One cup of sliced peaches has only 60 calories and composed of 80 percent water and packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Rich in iron and potassium, peaches are the perfect post run snack; they help balance fluid and electrolytes in the body, and replenish muscle glycogen (FUEL) stores.
Is peach fuzz a put-off? Like most fruits and vegetables, the vitamins are found in the skin, so try to enjoy peaches skin and all. Choose fragrant peaches without blemishes and not overly firm. Fresh peaches are highly perishable, don't buy more than you plan to use. Even when unripe, they spoil easily. Peaches that are greenish colored were probably picked too early should be avoided. Sweetness does not increase after picking, so ripe-picked fruit is always the tastiest.
FUEL Tip: Peaches that are dried, canned made into jams, jellies or preserves are high in sugar and calories - enjoy these in moderation!
|Peaches at Fresh Way Farmer's Market|