(CNN)There's nothing like sinking your teeth into a perfectly ripe, juicy peach on a hot summer day. It's one of summer's simplest pleasures, and it's hard to beat for pure enjoyment.
But it's not the only way to eat a peach. In addition to enjoying them raw and cooked in desserts, fresh peaches can be roasted, grilled, pickled, and even frozen for a burst of summer sunshine in the middle of winter.
Eating peaches is also a tastier way to get crucial vitamins and nutrients into your body than by swallowing a pill. According to Rachael Hartley, dietitian and author of "Gentle Nutrition: A Non-Diet Approach to Healthy Eating," peaches are high in vitamins A and C and great for digestion, containing prebiotic fibers that feed beneficial gut bacteria.
"They also contain potassium, which can help support healthy blood pressure, as well as antioxidants, especially in and near the skin of a fresh peach," she said.
However, if you aren't a fan of peaches' fuzzy texture, you can always substitute nectarines for any of the recipe ideas here and reap the same nutritional benefits. Or try other members of the stone fruit family, such as plums, pluots (a hybrid cross between a plum and an apricot) and apricots.
In fact, you could eat peaches all day and not have the same dish twice. Here's how you can maximize your peach perfection with recipe ideas for breakfast, lunch, dinner -- and dessert, of course.
Peaches for breakfast
Overnight oats are a trend that's not going away anytime soon, and summer is the ideal time to embrace this chilled-out breakfast dish. Add fresh sliced peaches to a mason jar with oats, milk and spices, and you've got a sweet peach cobbler-inspired treat waiting for you in the morning.
If make-ahead breakfasts aren't your speed, blend up a peach smoothie. This easily adaptable recipe can be made vegan with your choice of plant-based yogurt and milk, or with any combination of dairy that suits you.
For the most decadent brunch, peach stuffed French toast made with fresh peach quick bread is an over-the-top meal that will have you retiring to the hammock for the rest of the weekend. If baking homemade quick bread isn't in your plans, substitute challah or soft Italian bread.