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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
Aug 02, 2021
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

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Kapil Gautam
May 22, 2018

Thanks for sharing this helpful information with us, It will be surely beneficial for me

Sue Tortello, RD
May 22, 2018

I LOVE the peaches infographic. But I HATE that it is nearly impossible to download and make copies of for distribution to my clients!!! It's too long for standard letter size paper. And if you shrink it down to fit - the print and graphics become much too skimpy to see.
Is there any way when you develop these that you can also provide a one-standard page-size PDF along with it that's easy to download and copy?

That sure would help me. In this form - it's practically useless for my needs.

Ben Weaver
May 22, 2018

@Sue Tortello, RD - Thank you for your feedback! We are happy to hear you love the infographic. Please visit our 5-ways page on the ChooseMyPlate site here: You can download the infographic as either a PDF or JPG and it will fit on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

Marilyn Viehl
May 22, 2018

I wrote down the ingredient for your Rise and Shine Cobbler, but what are the proportions? Is this for baking or just stirring together to eat? Orange what? Juice, mandarin oranges, cut up oranges, and what is the consistency? One person, or a family? Not trying to be critical, but this looked like a good way to use up the winter's store of canned fruit

Ben Weaver
May 23, 2018

@Marilyn Viehl - Thank you for reaching out! Please visit the recipe for the Rise and Shine Cobbler. The recipe is for 4 servings and the ingredients, portions and directions are all listed on the recipe page.

May 23, 2018

Enjoyed this information.

Mary Ruxlow
May 23, 2018

Looks Yummy. I've shared with family and friends.

Kim OSteen
May 27, 2018

I find this very helpful Thanks

May 30, 2018


Jasmine Parisi
Jun 28, 2020

Can u eat peaches straight out of the can