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    Healthy Recipes with Peaches

     

    Does your heart begin to race when you're in the produce section and spot that freshly picked, plump and perfectly, well, peachy peach? If so, you probably understand my absolute passion for this fruit! Peaches are one of my favorite summer staples.

     

    A close relative to the nectarine, this juicy bad boy is packed with fiber, which we know helps us feel full and keeps everything, ahem, moving. The peach can also brag about its vitamin A and C content, both of which help protect our skin from the summer sun's rays. Below are the healthy recipes that you can make.

     

    Fresh and Fruity Face Mask

     

    The vitamins and minerals in the peaches will leave your skin feeling exfoliated and hydrated.

     

    One small, ripe peach
    1 egg white
    1 teaspoon honey
    Peel, pit and slice the peach into 1 inch cubes. Blend peach, egg white and honey until smooth.

     

    Apply to skin and leave on for 10 minutes, making sure the mask soaks into the skin for best results. Rinse face with cold water.

     

    Just Peachy Frozen Fruit Bars

     

    In need of a refreshing summer snack? These treats will do the trick. And kids love them, too!

     

    1 cup low-fat yogurt
    2 cups peaches, peeled and pitted
    1/2 cup strawberries
    2 teaspoons lemon juice
    Ice treat molds or ice tray
    Blend all ingredients until smooth. Pour into molds or tray and insert sticks. Freeze and enjoy!

     

    Grilled Peach Salsa

     

    I love finding new ways to jazz up salsa. By grilling peaches, you caramelize their natural flavors, making them taste even sweeter. Add this on top of your turkey burger or grilled chicken, or enjoy with baked, whole-wheat tortilla chips!

     

    1 peach
    1 tomato
    1/4 cup red onion
    1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
    1/4 avocado
    Juice of 1/2 lime
    Pinch of salt
    Peel the peach, cut it in half and remove the pit. Grill over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes until charred lines appear. Set aside to cool.

     

    Chop the tomato, red onion, avocado and cilantro, and add to a bowl. Once cooled, chop peach and add to the bowl. Squeeze lime juice into mixture and add a pinch of salt to taste.

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