Peaches, nectarines, apricots and plums are great for your health. Here’s why a piece of stone fruit makes a healthy and delicious snack
Tasty stone fruit—so-called because of the stone-like seed inside—make perfect snacks, as they tuck easily into lunch bags or picnic baskets. Here’s what they can do for your health:
A cup (250 mL) of sliced apricots or plums has about one quarter of your daily vitamin C needs. Vitamin C helps the body form collagen—the main protein in connective tissue—in bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. It also helps to increase iron absorption.
Care for your nerves and your muscles
Bored with bananas but want to get enough potassium (key for proper nerve and muscle function)? Two small peaches have slightly more of this essential mineral than a medium banana.
Apricots are delicious raw, but their carotenoids—antioxidants that give the flesh its vibrant orange colour—become more available to the body when cooked. Beta-carotene, for one, converts to vitamin A to help maintain eyesight, skin membranes and immune function.
Two plums contain about one tenth of your daily vitamin K, which helps maintain strong bones. Researchers have found that low levels of vitamin K are associated with an increased incidence of osteoarthritis in hands and knees.
Cut up a peach on your cereal and have a nectarine as a snack. But don’t peel them! The skin provides insoluble fiber that helps prevent constipation.
Here is one of my all time favorite summer desserts …it’s perfect right now while blackberries are in season.
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Blackberry and Nectarine Cobbler
- 1C sugar
- 3t cornstarch
- 3C nectarines, cut into 1/2″ pieces
- 3C blackberries
- 1.5C flour
- 1.5t baking powder
- 3/4t salt
- 8T cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
- 3/4C milk
- 1/3C sliced almonds
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
- In a bowl stir together sugar and cornstarch. Add fruit and combine well.
- In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt and add butter. Blend mixture until it resembles coarse meal and stir in milk, stirring until dough is just combined.
- In a buttered 8“ square baking dish spread fruit mixture and drop dough onto it in 4” mounds.
- Sprinkle almonds over cobbler bake in the middle of the oven 20 min or until top is golden brown.