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Tori’s Healthy Choice of the Week: Food you can find in the Falcon’s Nest: Grapes

Tori’s Healthy Choice of the Week: Food you can find in the Falcon’s Nest: Grapes

VICTORIA KUEBLER, Staff Writer

Juicy portable round balls of sweetness, grapes can make a refreshing snack on-the-go during the upcoming hot summer months.

Grapes are low in calories, with only 60 calories per ½ cup serving, and have zero fat, cholesterol and very little sodium.

Grapes have been linked to helping improve cardiovascular health by preventing platelet aggregation, enhancing arterial flexibility and function, reducing inflammation, inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and lowering blood pressure.

Grapes are full of vitamins, mineral and flavonoids. Resveratrol is a flavonoid found in fresh purple grapes in the skin, fresh and seeds and also in high concentrations in wine. Resveratrol is known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The prime grapes are plump and firmly attached to the stem. To ensure freshness, store grapes in a plastic bag in the refrigerator. Grapes usually remain fresh in the refrigerator for about a week.

Be careful if you’re drinking commercial grape juices. Commercial grape juices can be high in sugar and carbohydrate and add on extra unnecessary calories.

Sick of just eating grapes as a snack? Try using these new ways to incorporate grapes into your meals. Chilled grapes go great over a bed of leafy green salad or in a low-fat chicken or pasta salad. Add grapes to a fruit salad full of other fresh summer produce like melons, berries or citrus fruits.

If you prefer eating raisins to grapes, they are still an excellent way to get your daily intake of fruit. Like grapes, raisins are also high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Raisins can be added to recipes if you’re looking to give it that sweet touch. Adding raisins to desserts like cookies or muffins can slightly increase the nutrition content. A trail mix of popcorn, raisins, walnuts, and small chocolate candies can be a sweet and savory afternoon snack.

The Falcon’s Nest sells fresh purple grapes in containers in the refrigerated section.If there are any healthy snacks that you would like to see featured in Tori’s Healthy Choice of the week in the future, email the Crestiad at Crestiad@ cedarcrest.edu

Tori is not a licensed professional and any person starting a new diet should contact their physician about specific diet and exercise restrictions for their body.

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