Endless Possibilities with Grapes from California

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a great big thank you to Grapes from California and Kitchen-Play for sponsoring this post

Do you have a go-to snack? Something that you always have on hand that you know everyone likes?

In our house you will always find yogurt, crackers, cheese, carrot sticks, and grapes. It might not sound like much, but with just a few simple ingredients, I know there is always something to snack on, even when we are on the go.

Grapes from California make a perfectly packable snack. No peeling, pretty much mess free, they don’t spoil when kept in a backpack all day, and they are as nutritious as they are delicious.

Did you know that a ¾ cup serving of grapes has only 90 calories?

Grapes also keep you hydrated, which given our extremely hot summer this year, has really helped with all of our after school athletics.

Still need a few more reasons to make grapes from California your go-to snack?   Red, green and black California grapes are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols. They may also help support a healthy heart by promoting the relaxation of blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow and function.

Our favorite ways to eat grapes –

frozen #GrapesFromCA make the perfect anytime snack

FROZEN, is number one in our house. Simply rinse and pat dry grapes, put them in a bowl or on a cookie sheet, freeze, and in 2 hours (if you can wait that long) the simplest fruit sorbet ever. I’ve been eating grapes this way since I was a kid, and it is still my favorite afternoon snack.

We also love grapes in salads and smoothies.

This easy, pretty much any time of day or night, smoothie makes a terrific snack or on the go meal.

breakfast smoothies with #GrapesfromCA

Blend together 1 sliced banana, 1 cup of frozen grapes, 1 cup of grape juice, and if you like ½ cup Greek yogurt (I prefer mine dairy free, but the yogurt adds protein)

And for my sweets lover Stella, I make the BEST cheesecake dip to spread on graham crackers and then of course decorate with grapes.

lite cheesecake dip and endless possibilities with #GrapesfromCA

Cheesecake dip – blend 4 Tbsp. lite cream cheese with ½ cup vanilla Greek yogurt until smooth; spread on graham crackers and top with sliced grapes

Grapes from California are available May through January and are always ripe and ready-to-eat.  99% of table grapes commercially grown in the U.S. are grown in California, so Grapes from California truly are your local grape.  California’s table grape growers are committed to providing the best tasting, highest quality grapes in the world, applying the highest standards of production to every vine grown.  Grapes from California are cultivated, picked, packed and transported with the greatest care to ensure they arrive in just-picked condition: plump, juicy and tasty. For a GRAPE time don’t miss the  “Endless Possibilities with Grapes from California” Twitter party on October 13, 2015 at 9pm ET (6pm PT).

We’ll be talking all things grape, from how to buy and store them to sharing fresh new ideas and recipes. Follow the #GrapesfromCA hashtag to join in on the conversation and have a chance to win cash prizes!

Be sure to register here for the party so you don’t forget (and so that you’re eligible to win prizes!)

And make sure to follow Grapes from California on Facebook, Twitter @GrapesfromCA (#GrapesfromCA), Pinterest, and YouTube.

To learn more about Grapes from California visit www.grapesfromcalifornia.com.

#grapesfromCa endless possibilities

Enjoy!