FROM Family Features
Grapes have been enjoyed for their taste and beauty for thousands of years. And today’s scientific research keeps on showing that grapes are more than just a pretty fruit — they’re also very, very good for us.
In fact, over a decade of research suggests that grapes help maintain a healthy heart and may also help defend against a variety of age-related and other illnesses. Studies are ongoing to uncover the links between grapes and heart health, eye health, brain health, joint health, cell health and preventing certain cancers.
Of course, grapes aren’t just healthy, they also taste great: crisp, juicy and sweet. Kids love them. And, they’re convenient, making them truly a Super Snack. Eat them by the bunch, or toss them into recipes like these.
To learn more about the health benefits of grapes from California, and to get more delicious ways to enjoy them every day, visit www.grapesfromcalifornia.com or www.facebook.com/GrapesFromCalifornia.
Breakfast-To-Go Grape Smoothie
Jump-start your day with this easy all-in-one drink.
Makes 2 1/3 cups
Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend for 1 minute. Serve immediately.
Grape and Salmon Power Salad
Fresh grapes are just one of the “super” foods in this hearty and heart-healthy salad.
Makes 6 servings
Cook barley according to package directions, or in plenty of lightly salted boiling water for about 35 to 45 minutes until it is plump and tender, and still slightly chewy. Drain and cool.
Tenderize kale by blanching it in boiling water for 2 to 3 seconds or cooking in the microwave for 1 minute. Rinse in cold water to stop cooking, and squeeze dry. Fluff and uncrimp dry kale pieces with your fingers.
In a medium bowl, mix together barley, kale, grapes, salmon and walnuts.
To prepare dressing: In small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, garlic, salt, pepper and cayenne. Gradually mix in olive oil.
Pour onto salad and fold gently to combine. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Mediterranean Grilled Chicken and Grape Skewers
These quick-to-fix skewers can also serve as appetizers.
Makes 4 entrée servings
In small bowl combine olive oil, garlic, chili flakes, oregano, rosemary and lemon zest. Whisk together marinade.
Cut chicken into 3/4-inch cubes. Alternate chicken and grapes and thread onto 12 skewers.
Place skewers into a baking dish or pan large enough to hold them. Pour marinade over skewers, coating each one. Marinate for 4 to 24 hours.
Remove skewers from marinade and let excess oil drip off. Season with salt.
Grill until chicken is cooked through, about 3 to 5 minutes on each side.
Arrange on serving platter and drizzle with additional olive oil and lemon juice.
Frozen Grape and Banana Skewers with Chocolate Drizzle
These delightful frozen treats are healthy, too.
Makes 4 servings
Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Cut the banana into 1/2-inch-thick rounds.
Place in small bowl and toss gently with the orange juice.
Skewer fruit, alternating two grapes for each piece of banana, and place fruit skewers onto lined tray.
Place chocolate in small microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute, then stir well, and microwave another 10 seconds if necessary to melt chocolate.
Using a spoon, drizzle melted chocolate onto fruit skewers.
Place the tray in the freezer for at least 2 hours. Once frozen, skewers may be transferred to a sealable plastic bag where they will keep in the freezer for up to a week. Allow to soften at room temperature for 5 minutes before eating.