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Pick a Peach: 5 Ways to Enjoy Canned Peaches

Posted by Erica Gavey, RD, Nutritionist Consultant, Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service; and Alexandra Long, University of Maryland Dietetic Intern in Food and Nutrition
May 21, 2018
Peach 5 Ways infographic
Try these delicious recipes featuring canned peaches year round. For a larger version of the infographic, please click on this image.

Did you know the southern states of Georgia and South Carolina both name the peach as their state fruit? Whether they’re fresh, canned, dried or frozen, peaches can easily be included in a healthy eating pattern. Canned peaches are not only delicious and nutritious, but are easy to use because they’re pre-cut and washed. When selecting canned peaches, choose ones that are unsweetened or canned in water or 100 percent fruit juice.

In the latest infographic from MyPlate’s “5 Ways” series, you can check out a few of our favorite recipes that provide five ways to incorporate canned peaches into meals:

  • The Sweet Topping: Peach Sauce
    This simply sweet sauce is a great pairing for any meal. Use it to top waffles or oatmeal for a healthy treat. You can also put your own twist on savory dishes by pouring the sauce over grilled chicken, pork or seafood.
  • The Classic with an Unexpected Twist: Grilled Cheese with Peaches
    Looking to spruce up your classic grilled cheese? Look no further! The sweetness of peaches in this familiar favorite pairs perfectly and makes for a fun way to add more fruit to your day.
  • A Peachy Pick-Me-Up: The Peach Cooler
    Cool down with this peach cooler! This sweet and tangy peach beverage makes for a refreshing snack that will quench your thirst on a hot summer day!
  • The New Breakfast Go-To: Rise and Shine Cobbler
    This breakfast will help wake you up and get you out of bed – warm fruit topped with crunchy granola and the citrus-y flavor of orange.
  • The Sweet and Savory Sandwich: Chicken Salad and Peach Sandwich
    Peaches make this chicken salad sandwich sweet and it pairs nicely with crisp celery, apples and red onion. Perfect for a picnic or packed lunch!

The other “5 Ways” infographics, including Berries 5 Ways, Yogurt 5 Ways, Turkey 5 Ways and more, are available at

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Grilled cheese with peaches
A delicious twist on a classic recipe—Grilled cheese with peaches.
Category/Topic: Food and Nutrition