Frozen grapes make for a heart-healthy nibble—and you’ll be glad you tried them.
It’s such a simple idea, yet still elicits that awe-inspired, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Rather than eating sugar-packed popsicles, get natural sugars from frozen grapes—they’re crisp, icy and will curb your sweet tooth.
Prep time: 10 minutes
Rest time: 3 hours
2 cups grapes
1. Thoroughly rinse off grapes in cold water and dry with a paper towel, leaving grapes slightly moist.
2. Place the grapes on a cookie sheet lined with waxed paper and place in the freezer for 3 hours or until completely frozen.
by Jessica Corwin, RD MPH
Grapes are bursting with more than just flavor. Did you know they are full of vitamins and minerals, including manganese, vitamin B6, potassium and vitamin C? These juicy orbs also contain disease-fighting phytonutrients (think “fight-o-nutrients”) such as resveratrol, the same phytonutrient that makes wine heart-healthy! These antioxidants help reduce inflammation in our bodies, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain cancers.
At a mere 60 calories per cup, grapes make a great snack when paired with the fiber and protein found in whole-grain crackers or reduced-fat cheese.
Tasty Tip: Frozen Grapes
Sweet red or black grapes work better for freezing than green grapes. To prevent the grapes from getting stuck together, take them off the vine before placing them in the freezer.
By Karen Wilhelmsen