Add Red Grapes to Your Diet: Salad Recipe

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Red grapes, just like grape juice, and red wine, are believed to have strong health benefits for heart health. They contain the chemical Resveratrol, which is believed to help heart health.

 EScience News states that red grapes work to prevent cardiovascular diseases via “slowing or preventing cell damage, decrease oxidation of “bad” cholesterol, protect the heart and blood vessels, reduce abnormal heart rhythms, and blood vessel narrowing.”

According to Vegetarian-Nutrition.info, the Resveratrol in red grapes “blocks many steps in the carcinogenesis process.”  Red grapes, that means, may help to prevent cancer formation in the body. 

So you may want to add red grapes, dark grape juice, or the occasional glass of wine to your diet to help your heart health.

There are many ways to add red grapes to your diet.

When you have guests over, put out a bowl or platter of red grapes. Guests nibble on them as the meal is being prepared or after the meal for a healthy dessert.
 

A fruit tray including red grapes is always a favorite of guests, especially children.

Chop red grapes and add them to sugar free Jell-O for an easy snack. 

Freeze red grapes and eat them on very hot days when you appreciate the chill of a frozen grape in your mouth.

Cut up red grapes and mix them with fruit juices and a bit of water and freeze for an all natural freeze pop.

 Keep a small bowl of red grapes on your desk to eat as a healthy snack during the work day.

Send small bags of red grapes to school with your kids as a healthy snack.

 For a party, hollow out a watermelon and fill it with red grapes and other fruits.

  Add red grapes to any cold chicken salad recipe to add a little bit of tangy taste.

 Cut up red grapes and other fruits such as strawberries and blueberries and blend with milk and a tiny bit of yogurt to make a smoothie.

 Chop up red grapes and add to your breakfast cereal.

Red Grape Salad

Red grapes, whole or cut in half

Arugula lettuce

¼  Red onion, diced

1 cup blueberries or strawberries

Goat cheese, crumbled

Chickpeas (optional)

Paul Newman’s  Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing.

(or try any of Paul Newman’s dressings; they are all tasty and the profits go to charities to help children).

I love to make this salad for lunch. It is quick and easy to make and quite nutritious.  Red grapes, blueberries, and strawberries are fruits with strong health benefits. A friend once told me that his nutritionist told him to add chickpeas to everything so now when I make a salad I do tend to throw in some chickpeas. It seems they have strong health benefits.

Always check with your doctor before making any major changes to your diet.

Source:  http://www.vegetarian-nutrition.info/updates/grape-health.php

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2008/10/29/mounting.evidence.shows.health.benefits.grape.polyphenols

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