March is Nutrition Month, which means the time is ripe to refocus on your diet and ensure you’re getting the nutrients your body needs. Canada’s Food Guide recommends that Canadians should eat 5-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. However, finding fresh, economical, local fruit can be a struggle (especially in the winter!), but luckily, canned California peaches are available year-round and are full of the vitamins your body needs.
Canned California cling peaches are an excellent way to increase your fruit intake during Nutrition Month and beyond. They do not contain added sugar – they are packed in water or their own light juice. Furthermore, the canning process has been proven to increase key nutrients, and a study has revealed that canned peaches are higher in antioxidants and Vitamin A, nearly four times higher in Vitamin C and 10 times higher in folate than fresh peaches.
Not only are they nutritious, canned California cling peaches are delicious, convenient and versatile - keeping with Nutrition Month’s theme this year: Simply Cook and Enjoy!
Six Ways to Increase Your Fruit Intake - Without Trying!
- Jazz up salads with chopped California cling peaches, raspberries or chopped apple.
- Try peaches instead of pineapple on pizza - especially "spring" style ones with goat cheese and asparagus, or prosciutto and Provolone.
- Toss chopped California cling peaches into muffins, pancake batters and your morning oatmeal.
- California cling peaches make great smoothies - they're a natural pairing with any berry! Try peaches, blueberries and bananas for a huge hit of vitamins A & C, fibre and potassium.
- Pureed peaches make for a decadent syrup for Sunday morning pancakes, waffles, French toast or crepes.
- Use chopped California cling peaches mixed with whipped cream cheese as a filling for French toast and crepes.
Still stumped? Read on for a decadent dessert recipe!