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 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!
Concord Grape Smoothie
Concord Grape & Berry Banana Smoothie
|Prep time||5 minutes|
|Cook time||5 minutes|
|Total time||10 minutes|
|Meal type||Beverage, Snack|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Serve Cold|
- 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
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.
|Add everything into a blender and pulse until everything is smooth. Add more juice or almond milk as needed. Serve.|
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.