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Grape Pairing at Your Next Party

Elaine Magee, MPH, RD

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Mar 1st, 2018

Grapes on a Vine w/ Fruits from Chile Logo

Invigorate your taste buds with this month’s “Grape Pairing,” starring red grapes from Chile! When it’s winter here, it summer there! Chile, home to some of nature’s finest lush, fertile valleys and nutrient-dense volcanic soils, grows fruit year-round.

Instead of a wine pairing, celebrate nature’s candy (red grapes) with a food experience everyone can enjoy. Try a grape pairing at your next party or take the whole family on this flavor adventure during your next game night. Invent your own fun pairings with red grapes and try these three unique suggestions:

1st PairingSweet and savory flavors in harmony

RED GRAPE + a cube of blueberry white cheddar cheese or a white cheddar cheese

2nd PairingSavory, salty and sweet taste explosion

Whole Grain Pita Crisp (or cracker) + dollop goat cheese + RED GRAPE

3rd PairingPB & G party in one bite!

Celery (1-inch long) + natural-style peanut butter + RED GRAPE

Grape Pairing Picks

Here’s why we all need more red grapes in our lives!

Red grapes could be called “super fruits,” because of the following nutrition attributes:

  • They contain an antioxidant that is known for its anti-aging and immune boosting properties
  • Plant compounds that give the grapes their red/purple color may help the heart and lower blood pressure by improving blood flow, arterial flexibility and blood vessel function.
  • The skins of red grapes contain the plant compound resveratrol which may protect against several chronic diseases and conditions.
  • They contain Quercetin, a strong antioxidant plant compound with possible cancer protection, which may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties
  • You can get the benefits of resveratrol by eating red grapes rather than drinking wine.
  • They are rich in key vitamins and minerals like vitamin C and potassium.

5 more fun ways to enjoy red grapes

  • Enjoy a cup of red grapes (nature’s candy) for a satisfying 100-Calorie snack! They help satisfy our sweet tooth while adding fiber, nutrients and quality carbohydrate energy.
  • Add red grapes to chicken salad, fruit salad and green salads!
  • Include red grapes in your charcuterie and cheese appetizer plates! They are easy to add. Just rinse several branches and place on the platter!
  • Freeze red grapes and eat them as a refreshing snack on a hot day!
  • Add grapes as a tasty topping to your flatbread or pizza. Try these recipes for Grilled Flatbread with Brie & Grapes and Chicken & Grape Naan Pizza using whole wheat Naan.  

Chicken & Grape Naan

Grape Flatbread

Enjoy red grapes regularly for an abundance of nutrition benefits!

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