August – the heart of summer and the end of the plump peach season. Did you know that August is known as “Peach Month?” Take advantage of the juicy, ripe peaches, plums and nectarines at your local grocery store and farmers market this month and incorporate these sweet, healthy fruits into your and your loved one’s diet.
Peaches, plums and nectarines (also known as stone fruits due to the soft, outer flesh surrounding the “pit” or sturdy shell) have been shown to ward off obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease. A medium peach contains 2 percent or more of the suggested daily value of vitamins E and K, niacin, folate, iron, choline,potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, zinc and copper.
Peaches, plums and nectarines have bioactive compounds that can potentially combat these obesity-related diseases, according to a study by Texas AgriLife Research. The study indicates that “phenolic compounds present in these fruits have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties in different cell lines and may also reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL which is associated to cardiovascular disease.”
Although a healthy weight, as well as overall health, requires a well-balanced diet and exercise plan, infusing your diet with fruits will further improve your and your parent’s health.
Summer is the best time to buy peaches, as they are at the peak of the season and have the best flavor, freshness and nutritional value. Purchase some peaches on your next grocery trip and incorporate them into your diet. If you or your parent buys canned peaches, avoid those canned with added sugar and heavy syrup. Here are a few ideas for you and your loved one to enjoy peaches this August:
Breakfast: Add sliced peaches to your oatmeal, cereal, pancakes, waffles or French toast.
Snacks and smoothies: Add a few slices of frozen peaches to your smoothies or yogurt, or muddle peaches into you lemonade, tea or water.
Dinner: Make a summer salad with mixed greens, nuts, fresh peaches, mozzarella, and grilled chicken, salmon or tofu.
Dessert: Bake sliced peaches and add a drizzle of honey and cinnamon.
Is your elderly loved one eating nutritious foods, or do they suffer from loss of appetite or don’t notice when food spoils? If you fear your senior parent is not eating a well-balanced diet, consider contacting Synergy HomeCare Corona/Riverside to learn about our homecare meal services. Our caregivers can assist your loved one with coupon clipping, grocery shopping, menu planning and even complete meal preparation.
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