Want to celebrate American Heart Month in a simple and delicious way? Add Welch’s 100% Grape Juice to your diet and harness the power of purple!
Yes, you read that right! Purple is the cue that helps us identify fruits and vegetables with polyphenols. Over a decade of research has shown that the polyphenols and nutrients found in dark purple Concord grapes may help support flexible arteries and a healthy cardiovascular system. And drinking or eating products made from Concord grapes, along with an active lifestyle, can have a positive impact on our health.
However, finding fresh Concord grapes can be difficult. It has a short harvest season and can only be grown in certain regions of the country. Thankfully, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice has solved this problem by squeezing all the heart-healthy nutrients from the whole grape. The entire Concord grape, including the skin and seeds, are pressed to release polyphenols right into every bottle!
So it only makes sense to add Welch’s 100% Grape Juice to my family’s diet. It’s an easy and convenient way to for me to ensure my family is getting their daily fruit intake as well as the heart-healthy benefits of polyphenols and antioxidant vitamin C.
Oh, and did I mention that Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is naturally sweet? It satisfies my hubby’s sweet drink tooth and makes a fabulous sweetener for smoothies. My husband likes drinking Welch’s 100% Grape Juice as-is, but my kids love using it to create Concord Grape and Banana Smoothies. The juice adds just the right amount of natural sweetness to our prepared bags of frozen fruit for a quick smoothie treat. Either way, I know everyone is getting at least one serving of fruit (4-ounces of juice is equal to 1 serving of fruit) and harnessing the power of purple!
Delicious Concord grapes are part of a nutritious diet, but should not be used to treat any health issues. Eating a well-balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, paired with physical activity is important for maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle. Any health concerns should always be discussed with your physician.
Concord Grape and Banana Smoothie
How to make a heart healthy concord grape juice and banana smoothie drink.
- 6 Large frozen strawberries (Use 10-12 if using small strawberries)
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 Medium sliced frozen banana
- 1 Cup Welch's 100% Grape Juice
- 1 Cup Reduced Sugar Vanilla Almond Milk
Add everything into a blender and pulse until everything is smooth. Add more juice or almond milk as needed. Serve.
- If you want a sweeter smoothie, swap out all of the almond milk for Welch's 100% Grape Juice. Add spinach or kale for adding nutrients. Additional liquid may need to be added if adding vegetables.
- For a less thick smoothie, don't freeze the bananas when adding it into the blender with frozen berries.
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This grape smoothie looks delicious! I’ve never used grape juice in a smoothie but I will need to try. I’m sure my kids will love it .
This looks great! (…and it’s not a green smoothie -I have a picky, green food-averse kid- who would probably like it too!) Truthfully I had no idea about purple being the color for heart health, so thanks for that bit of trivia also! Thanks for linking up this week!
This looks like such a refreshing treat! I feel like, nowadays, there are so many hidden sugars in juices. It’s important to read the labels like on this one to ensure that what you’re getting is simply fruit!
Welch’s has been our family’s go to brand for fruit juices. They are so good! I love how you used Welch’s grape juice to make this delicious smoothie. I’m making some for me too. Thanks for the idea.
This just made me pucker in a good way! I love a great grape juice and this smoothie is going on my menu for next week because yum!
Using Concord grape juice is now my new favorite natural sweetener for smoothies. I hope you like it.
My husband LOVES grapes in his smoothies so I bet he would LOVE THis! I will send him this recipe!
It’s so weird because I never thought to use grape before, but I love how sweet Concord grapes are. I no longer have to worry about adding honey or anything else for sweetness. Love it!
Mm, this sounds like the perfect smoothie to me. I’d love those fruit flavors. Welch’s juice is awesome!
Welch’s is awesome! I just went to the store and picked up two more bottles.
What a really great idea! This looks and sounds so good and refreshing! I can’t wait to make this!
I hope you try it. It’s really delicious.
Omg can we say yum?!?! This smoothie looks absolutely delicious! I must give your recipe a try!
I hope you try it. It’s one of my new favorite treats 🙂
I would never have thought to make a concord grape smoothie, I’ll have to try it out!
Your photos made me wonder if it would be good with Welch’s grape jelly/jam instead. Seems like it would make it even thicker!
My kids suggested this and we’re going to try it. The smoothie is pretty thick as it is because I freeze all the fruits before making these.
This looks delicious! Plus our whole family loves grape juice so no worries about unhappy toddlers! Thanks for the yummy recipe!
This sounds delicious! I love grape juice but have never thought of putting it in a smoothie! What a great idea!