Four Flavorful Ways To Enjoy Welch's 100% Grape Juice
Contributed by Welch’s Dietitian, Casey Lewis, MS, RD
Nearly 20 years’ worth of research says that thanks to the distinctly dark purple Concord grape, Welch’s 100% Grape Juice is one tasty way to help support a healthy heart. In fact, Concord grapes and 100% grape juice deliver a lot of the same heart-health benefits as red wine. But, this family favorite isn’t just a delicious drink, it can add color, natural sweetness and a nutrition punch to a variety of dishes. So, think beyond the drink with these four creative and flavorful ways to add the goodness of Concord grapes to your family’s heart-healthy menu.
Smoothies can be a fast and flavor-packed way to start the day, and 100% grape juice can be a great addition. For example, this grape banana smoothie combines Welch’s 100% Grape Juice with frozen fruit, low-fat yogurt and just a pinch of cinnamon for a fruit-filled breakfast that your family and their hearts will love.
Packing your plate with produce just got tastier. Dress your salad with a vinaigrette featuring 100% grape juice. The sweet, bold flavor of the Concord grape pairs perfectly with salads featuring both fruits and vegetables, like this roasted fennel, peppery arugula and crisp pear salad.
Have a sweet tooth? Give your afternoon treat a healthy makeover by creating your own ice pops. It can be as easy as freezing 100% grape in your favorite ice pop mold. Or, for a tasty twist on this classic, try adding yogurt, almond milk, berries and oats for a grape smoothie pop.
A heart-healthy diet can include a variety of protein-rich foods, from beans, peas and nuts to seafood, lean meats and poultry. And, whether you’re dressing up your bird or marinating your meat, 100% grape can add flavor and color to your culinary creation. That’s because natural plant nutrients called polyphenols give the Concord grape its signature purple color. Check out these recipes for chutneys, glazes and sauces featuring 100% grape juice made with the Concord grape: