Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Quick Healthy Bites: Grapes

Grapes are crunchy,sweet,  and at times tart powerhouses.  You can eat them fresh, dried, or drink them as juice or wine. They contain three types of polyphenois which give grapes great health benefits.  One of the best known of these polyphenois is resveratrol.*

Resveratrol has been linked to:

1. Lowering the risk of Alzheimer's disease.
2. Promoting lung health.
3. Protecting against heart disease.
4. Cancer prevention.
5. Reducing the risk of atherosclerosis.

You can buy all different varieties of grapes from red to white to seedless.    All you need to do is wash them up, pat dry and eat.  They are usually sweet so you don't need to sweeten them.  Add them to your fruit salads, vegetables salads, or just eat them.

My kids like them frozen.  I wash the grapes, pat them dry, and put them on a cookie sheet or pan in the freezer.  Once frozen, I remove them from the freezer, put them in freezer bags, return them to the freezer and they are ready to be eaten.

At times, I serve the grapes with yogurt dip.

So eat or drink your grapes on a daily basis.

*Resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes.

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