Peaches and nectarines are rich in phytochemicals and other key nutrients designed to keep your skin healthy.
Sunscreen, check! Sunglasses, check! Hat and cover-up, check! Peaches, check! Wait — has your summer checklist included peaches? If not, you still have time to include them — it’s National Peach Month!
Did you know there's another way to battle the sun’s powerful ultraviolet rays, and it can be found right in the produce aisle of your favorite grocery store? Peaches and nectarines are rich in phytochemicals and other key nutrients designed to keep your skin healthy.
Beyond skin deep
Look good and feel good with the unique balance of nutrients found in peaches and nectarines. Designed to keep skin healthy, peaches offer an abundance of vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin and other antioxidants. Together, these key nutrients work together to protect and rejuvenate the skin from the harmful damage of ultraviolet radiation.
For centuries, women have used a blend of peaches and cream as a facial mask. Peaches are rich in alpha hydroxy acid. This key nutrient found in peaches and nectarines gently exfoliates the skin and helps soften wrinkles, erase sunspots, lighten blemishes and unclog pores. Please note: Sunscreen and sun protection should not be fully replaced by peaches/nectarines, but rather, the fruits should be added to a healthy lifestyle.
Peach selection/storage tips and information
Peaches are available year-round; however, their prime season lasts from May until October. While choosing, look for fresh peaches featuring rich color that may still have a slight whitish “bloom” on their surface, indicating freshness and that they have not been over-handled. Avoid peaches with excessive softness or with surface cuts or bruises. Ripe peaches yield to gentle pressure and feature a sweet smell. Mature but hard peaches can be kept at room temperature until they ripen. The ripening process can be enhanced by storing inside a paper bag. Once at desired ripeness, peaches can be stored in the refrigerator.
Marinated Peaches with Greek Yogurt and Granola
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
2 fresh basil leaves, chopped
4 ripe but firm peaches, sliced
1 cup Greek yogurt, divided
½ cup granola, divided
Combine vinegar, brown sugar and basil in a medium bowl; add sliced peaches and lightly toss. Let stand for 30 minutes to allow flavors to develop and sauce to form.
Divide peach mixture evenly among four dishes and top each with equal amounts of yogurt and granola. Serve immediately.
Nutrition information (per serving): 150 calories, 1g fat, 0g saturated, 50mg sodium, 29g total carbohydrate, 3g fiber, 19g total sugars, 7g protein.
Recipe source: Hy-vee.com
Emily McMillan is a registered dietitian for Hy-Vee stores in Rochester. This information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.