The Best Grape Smoothie Recipes

Need an extra kick in the nutrition department? A grape smoothie can help!

Grapes can easily add a nice dose of vitamin C as well as some other much needed antioxidants that will take your smoothie up a notch. Let’s check out some of the benefits grapes have to offer.

About Grapes

Grapes are very popular especially with kids, probably because they are super sweet and yummy!

Anyways, these tiny berries pack a lot of punch when it comes to nutrition. They come in all different varieties so you can shop around and find the kind you like the best.

These grapes grow on woody vines and structurally are small round berries with a thin smooth skin. Interestingly, the skin of a grape is where most of its antioxidant content is found.

Health Benefits of Grapes

Resveratrol – is an antioxidant found in grapes (especially red) that aids in slowing down the aging process of important genes in the brain, heart and other muscles and organs.

Resveratrol is also known to help reduce damage done at the cellular level (meaning fight free radicals) and to project daily bodily functions such as: kidney function, circulation, adrenal glands etc…

Resveratrol is primarily found in the skin of grapes.

Healthy Metabolism – grapes are often known as a friendly dieting food due to the fact that they tend to have a light laxative effect on the metabolism. Just a handful of grapes will do wonders especially in a smoothie because the cellular wall in the grapes is broken down even farther allowing the body to absorb even more nutrients.

Low Calorie – grapes have an extremely high water content, they are anywhere from 60% to 70% water. This means low in calories and high in hydration = good news!

Heart Health – because of the resveratrol content found in grape they naturally help to improve the blood flow through the blood vessels; therefore, allowing more blood to flow to other areas of the body as well as increasing the oxygen levels that other cells need.

Are Grapes High in Sugar?

Yes, grapes do have high sugar levels and can cause blood sugar levels to temporarily spike. So if you are diabetic – this is a caution, check with your doctor first. Most fruits do contain high levels of simple sugars which is just another reason why everything should be “eaten in moderation”.

Too much fruit for anyone at one time isn’t good. Regulate your proportions to do what’s best for your body, and you should be ready to go!

Naturally Sweeten your Smoothie with Grapes

Like we said in the paragraph above: grapes do have a high sugar content. This is good if you want to naturally sweeten your smoothie. A handful of grapes is all you need, that’s it; yes, they work that quick – remember big thing comes in small packages!

Smoothie Thickeners for Grape Smoothies

Since grapes are mostly water they don’t make a very thick smoothie, but no worries, that can be fixed. Below are a few smoothie additives that will thicken your grape concoction right up!

Ice – classic! The all-time favorite is ice – a half cup will usually do the trick.

Protein Powder – a scoop of protein powder will thicken up your concoction as well as boost its nutritional value. Vanilla or a Naturally flavored protein powder will probably blend best with grapes.

Chia Seeds – this is an interesting one! Chia expands when put in to liquid, so naturally chia will thicken up your smoothie as well give you your omega 3’s for the day.

Coconut Oil – when mixed with a slightly colder substance coconut oil will harden and if blended up with the rest of your smoothie will definitely thicken it up. Not to mention the health benefits that comes from consuming coconut oil.


Grape Smoothie Recipes

Green and Grape Smoothie Bomb

1 cup grapes, seedless or seed them

1 banana

1 cup spinach

½ cup water or milk

1 tbsp flax seed oil * optional

Ice as needed

Directions

Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!


Basic Grape Smoothie

1 cup milk – you can also use almond milk

1 cup grapes, seedless or seed them

½ cup yogurt, vanilla

1 cup ice

Directions

Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!



Fruity Grape Smoothie

½ cup grapes

½ banana

½ cup orange juice

1 tbsp flax seed oil *optional

1 cup ice

Directions

Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!

*adding flax seed oil to any smoothie will help tame the sweetness down!


Tropical Twist Smoothie

1 cup pineapple

½ cup grapes

½ cup mango

½ cup spinach

1 cup ice

Directions

Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy! We promise you won’t be able to taste the spinach, it’s a mild green!


Breakfast Grape Smoothie

½ cup grapes

1 cup granola

1 banana

½ cup vanilla yogurt

Ice as needed

Directions

Blend in your blender until smooth and enjoy!

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