The abundance of fresh produce in summer makes feel so grateful! In fact, I'm so tempted by all the fresh goodies from the farmer's market that I often buy more than I need.
If you've ever had strawberries rotting on the counter or spinach wither in the back of your fridge, you know what I mean. That's super wasteful, but I still can't help from buying fresh fruit and veggies when they're in season.
One thing I learned is that the better I store fresh produce, the longer it holds (here is a useful guide for that). Another thing I learned is that the freezer is my friend.
So when I "accidentally" bought more grapes than my family can eat in one sitting, I decided to freeze them in order to preserve their taste and health benefits. But what makes grapes so healthy, you ask?
Key Beauty Ingredient: Grapes
Skin Benefits of Grapes
Grapes have been recognized since ancient times as a food of the gods, a fruit that promotes beautiful, youthful skin. Loaded with vitamins K, C and B6, potassium, copper, electrolytes and minerals, grapes are also abundant in the phytonutrients carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin, all of which are powerful antioxidants [source].
Grapes are an excellent source of nutrients to protect your skin's overall, long term health, containing good quantities of fiber and protein; and they might help lower cholesterol, according to one study [source].
Frozen grapes are a great addition to any smoothie and can also be used as an easy substitute for ice cubes. Simply add a handful to a water pitcher (with some lemon and herbs if you want), and you've got a tasty infused water to keep you hydrated all day long.
Vegan Grape Smoothie Recipe
However, combining grapes with spinach and banana for this smoothie creates a surprisingly mild flavor that packs a nutritional punch for the health and beauty of your skin. Add your favorite peanut or almond butter for a a touch of sweetness, and your beauty-boosting breakfast on-the-go is ready.
Gorgeous Skin Grape Beauty Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk unsweetened
- handful of frozen grapes
- handful of spinach
- 1⁄2 banana
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter or almond butter
- Add almond milk, frozen grapes, spinach, and banana slices into the blender. Scoop the peanut butter or almond butter into the mixture. Blend until whipped and smooth.
Photos by Ana Stanciu55