Shari Duncan

Frozen Grapes….Nature’s Popsicle

by on Apr.04, 2010, under Fruits and Veggies, General Nutrition, Healthy Snacks, Recipes

If you’ve never tried them, you should.  You will be hooked.  PROMISE.

It’s like eating little frosted candies and how I wish I could take credit for this one!   I buy grapes, I eat grapes; but I never once thought about  freezing grapes BEFORE snacking on them… until I tried some this weekend while visiting my son .

Could something so simple REALLY taste THAT good?

The flavor of the fruit is truly enhanced when frozen.  The sweetness is intensified and the center becomes almost “creamy” in consistency. It is the freshest frozen popsicle!

Grapes are rich in vitamins and minerals and rich in antioxidants that are found in the skin.  The deeper the color of the fruit, the  more potent the antioxidant profile.  Grape seed extract is often used as a natural antihistamine and anti-inflammatory agent.

So today I went right to my local market and picked up a bag of the deepest, reddest grapes I could find.    And, yes, I did a side by side tastes test:  Frozen verses fresh.  Hands down. – frozen won. Oh, another plus to frozen; they take longer to eat; which means you won’t eat as many in one sitting!

Frozen Grapes; Better than ice cream - REALLY!

Frozen Grapes; Better than ice cream ? I SAY YES!

Here’s what you do:

1)    Buy grapes (red are more nutritious than green)

2)  “Pluck” grapes from stems.  Wash and dry on paper towels.

3)  Stick them in the freezer in airtight bag or bowl.

4)  Forget about them for a while.

It really is that simple.

Next time you crave a frozen sweet treat, reach for the grapes … instead of the ice cream.    You will be glad you did.

Frozen Grapes (red or green) Serving: 1 cup
Calories: ~104
Fat: 0g
Carbs: 27g
Protein: 1g

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