If your love of frozen desserts—ice cream, popsicles, milkshakes—spikes with the temperature, stocking your freezer with a sweet, icy alternative is a must. Frozen grapes are the perfect guilt-free fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. Just rinse off a bunch, drain well, pluck off the vine, toss in a Ziploc bag or plastic container, and put them in the freezer.
Not only are they a delicious treat, but grapes are also an excellent source of manganese, a mineral that helps regulate blood sugar, protect your cells from damaging free radicals, and helps keeps bones strong. They’re also full of vitamin B6, potassium, and vitamin C.
And though any grape is a better option than ice cream, if you love the taste of both red and green grapes equally, opt for red varieties. They contain more of the good-for-you compounds called flavonoids, phytonutrients that give them their beautiful, deep color—and which have also been shown to strengthen heart muscles, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, lower cholesterol, and increase blood flow to the brain, thus greatly reducing the risk of stroke. And the skins and seeds of red grapes contain compounds that have been shown to reduce the size of estrogen-dependent breast cancer tumors.
So the next time you see a sale at the store, stock up on these good-for-you-globes—and when that ice cream truck starts circling the block, suck on a few of these sweet treats instead. Not a frozen fan? Toss a few on your salad or snack on them straight off the vine.
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