*This post is in partnership with Grapes from California through Kitchen PLAY.
What’s one of the best portable, easy, healthy, and delicious snacks you could add to your lunch to brighten it up? Grapes of course! Here are 5 reasons why California Grapes need to be in your lunchbox this year!
Grapes from California, are one fruit that I always pick up on my weekly grocery runs. I’ve loved them since I was a kid (they taste like candy, don’t they?). Red, green, black, I love them all! A bite-sized, portable, non-messy fruit is always a win for parents packing their children’s lunches (and young adults like myself!) But they have more benefits than just being delicious! Here are my top 5 reasons to choose California grapes:
1: Ripe and ready to eat: Grapes are ready to eat right from the store. No need to wait for them to ripen on your kitchen counter. 99% of grapes commercially grown in the U.S. come straight from California, during their season of May-January, plump and ready to eat right away.
2: Easy and versatile to use: All you have to do is grab some from the fridge, give them a rinse, and add them as is to you and your children’s’ lunches or you can get creative and mix them up with some vegan yogurt, diced up for a salad, sandwiches, or placed on cute fruit and veggie skewers for fun snacking.
3: A bursting source of Vitamin K: Vitamin K is essential for healthy blood flow (it helps the blood to clot properly and prevent excess bleeding). It can also help maintain your bone health!
4: Portable and mess-free: No sticky, messy fruit cups required in those lunches! Kids won’t get sticky fingers or a mess all over their clothes. That’s a bonus for us busy adults, too. We can grab some grapes off the bunch and go! Perfect, tasty, easy fuel!
5: Sweet low-calorie nutrition: Only 90 calories per ¾ cup, these juicy bursts of refreshing hydrating fruit provide a good dose of your daily potassium, as well as antioxidants and other polyphenols which help maintain a healthy heart!
To make sure you don’t run out of ideas on how to incorporate more California grapes into your diet this year, Grapes from California is hosting a Twitter party on August 15th (9pm EST)! I’ll be there helping to host and I’d love to see you online tweeting with us using the hashtag #GrapesfromCA! I know a lot of you already have kids going back to school, so this will be a great opportunity to connect and share fabulous healthy lunch ideas and snacks to keep your “busy school season” a little more manageable! You’ll also have a chance to win some fun prizes! Sign up and I’ll see you there!
So tell me:
+ What’s your favorite way to eat grapes?
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