Local and seasonal never tasted better: Homemade Peach Ice Cream

July 21, 2016

By Kay MacInnis, Registered Dietitian at Providence Health

Local and seasonal – have you heard those words? They go together.

Eating locally means eating seasonally. Including foods that are abundantly available into our eating habits is not only good for us nutritionally, it can also be helpful to our wallets. Seasonal foods are fresher, easier to get, more flavor and have a higher nutrition value.

During transportation most produce will lose some of its flavor, especially if it is picked early or refrigerated before we buy it. When produce is picked in season and consumed closer to harvesting, research shows that nutritional value is higher in Vitamin C, folate and carotenes. If the produce has to be transported across the country, it loses some of the nutritional value, so the best foods are those that are purchased closest to home.

Eating locally will help with the health of your wallet as well. If you purchase foods at peak growing season there is usually a surplus on the market, which means a better price!

Great time of the year to make your own peach ice cream. Try this recipe. It is pretty easy to prepare, and a great way to use local peaches!

Homemade Peach Ice Cream


  • 5-6 large peaches, finely chopped
  • 12 oz. apricot nectar
  • 1½-2 cups sugar
  • 12 oz. skim evaporated milk
  • 1 quart of skim milk
  • Nonfat dry milk, to thicken skim milk


  • Blend peaches with small amount of apricot nectar and mix with all remaining ingredients.
  • Pour into ice cream churn.
  • Churn.

Nutrition Information: 149 Calories, 1 gram fat, 2.4 mg. cholesterol, 65 mg. sodium


This is another in a weekly series of healthy recipes from Kay MacInnis, registered dietitian at Providence Health in Columbia, S.C.

Kay promotes health and wellness, helping cardiac and diabetes patients eat their way to healthier lives. She works in consultation with the trained chefs at Providence, combining her nutrition knowledge with their food prep know-how to create delicious, healthy dishes for patients and the public. She also conducts a number of health and wellness events for the public, including the monthly Providence Cooks! classes.

"She doesn't just give you the fish, she teaches you how to cook it."

 – a Kay MacInnis fan and Providence Cooks! regular.