I know, I know you prefer the chocolate covered peanuts. But growing up, I always went for the purple-boxed Glossettes over the yellow box. I found chocolate covered raisins to have a unique flavour and I was already getting my PB and chocolate fix from Reese’s thank you very much.
I love that unique flavour so much I was on a mission this week to recreate it in smoothie form. This recipe uses fresh grapes instead of raisins so give it a try raisin-haters.
Grapes come in more colours than red and green and there are thousands of varieties of grapes. I always thought I was only a red grape kinda gal until I tried black grapes. Now when those gems come in season, I am all over their deliciousness.
The most popular thing about grapes, other than wine, is a phytonutrient called resveratrol. Resveratrol is found mostly in dark grape skins and has been shown to improve insulin sensitivity. This is surprising and almost seems counterintuitive given the sweetness of grapes, but grapes are classified as a berry and actually come with a low glycemic load, meaning they don’t send your blood sugar on the roller coaster that leaves you lethargic or full of cravings.
The more you look into grapes, the more antioxidants you will find! This is one well-rounded fruit. Pun intended. Containing common antioxidants such as vitamin C and carotenoids as well as obscure antioxidants like the aforementioned resveratrol means that grapes have far-reaching benefits to your health by supporting many body systems.
Pro-inflammatory enzymes COX-1 and COX-2 are less likely to be overproduced when grapes are eaten regularly, lending to an overall anti-inflammatory effect on the body. The less inflammation and oxidative stress we can add through food, the easier our body moves and the healthier our body lives to ward off pain and chronic disease.
Remember to choose organic grapes as they are very high in pesticide residues and sit on the Dirty Dozen list.
Regardless of your purple or yellow box preference, you have to give this smoothie a blend because it is like having candy for breakfast all while sneaking in antioxidants and a serving of greens.
Adulting at its finest.
Resveratrol improves insulin sensitivity, reduces oxidative stress and activates the Akt pathway in type 2 diabetic patients. Br J Nutr. 2011 Aug;106(3):383-9. doi: 10.1017/S0007114511000316
- 1 cup water
- 3 tbsp hemp hearts
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 2 large handfuls spinach
- 1 cup grapes (red or black)
- Blend and enjoy!