As I stare outside the window at the blanket of snow that covers the ground, I can’t help dream of warmer weather, fresh fruits and growing my own vegetables. Unfortunately, living in Canada, fresh fruits and vegetables are a seasonal item. You can got to the grocery store and purchase fruits that are not in season, but the distance they have traveled, the fact that they were picked too early and artificial nature that led to their growth, has left them less then desirable. Luckily, there is a way that I can provide my family with fresh, great tasting fruit; Canned fruit! Canned fruit, such as California canned peaches, are full of vitamins and nutrient that your body needs.
Last month, February, was Nation Canned Food Month. To celebrate this event, the California Cling Peach Board sent out a survey to Canadians to better understand the public’s understanding of canned products. The misconceptions were shocking. Two thirds of Canadians believed that the canning process adversely affected the nutritional contents of the product. Surprising to most Canadians is that the canning process, especially with peaches, actually enhances the nutritional value of the peaches. In fact, California cling peaches are picked and packed usually within 24 hours, ensuring they retain their appearance, texture, flavour and nutritional content. Repetitive studies have proven that the canning process actually increase nutrients (i.e. antioxidants and Vitamin A) and canned peaches are also nearly four times higher in Vitamin C and 10 times higher in folate than fresh peaches.
To celebrate National Canned Food Month, I have adapted a recipe courtesy of the California Cling Peach Board to create a Protein-packed Peach Smoothie Recipe that my kids would love!
- ½ cup cold vanilla rice milk
- ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 8 slices canned California cling peaches
- 1 handful of blueberries
- 1 tsp. honey
- 3 to 4 ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pour into a glass.