Aside from creating the world's finest wine, grapes themselves are a wonder cure against heart attacks, according to new research. In fact, grapes have the ability to lower blood pressure by up to 5% and cholesterol by 14% (in human volunteers with higher risk for developing cardiovascular disease).
This green (or red if you like) grape slushy is the perfect thing for the warm summer months up ahead. Due to their blood-pressure lowering ability, grapes are a wonderful way to cool down. When your blood pressure is lower, you will feel cooler!
One cup of red or green grapes contains up to 1.09 grams of protein, 0.24 grams of fat, 1.4 grams of fiber, 4.8 milligrams of vitamin C, 10 micrograms of vitamin A, 288 milligrams of potassium, 0.54 milligrams of iron and 3 micrograms of folate. They are truly a superfood of nature!
Grapes also contain powerful antioxidants called polyphenols which may slow or prevent many cancer types. They help with allergies (due to the active compound called quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory), and also help reduce disorders of the digestive tract.
- 2 cups green or red grapes, frozen (stick in the freezer for about 3 hours for a solid freeze)
- 1 cup young thai coconut water
- Juice from 1 lime
- Garnish: mint leaves
Blend the above ingredients in a blender such as the Vitamix, and enjoy! Garnish with mint.