Thursday, March 31, 2011

Paint It Purple with Welch's Grape Juice

Did you know that April 2 is National PB&J Day? I wanted to tell you a couple of days in advance, so you'd have time to prepare. In addition to that, the folks at Welch's have some other cool stuff going on! a la peanut butter (and jelly) sandwiches!!!!photo © 2009 dana robinson | more info (via: Wylio)

If you're interested in health and disease prevention, you'll want to check out both of these sites.

First is the Welch's Family Vine Tool, which allows you to assemble a family tree of health history.  Knowing family health history is so important, but it's easy to forget and/or neglect.  Every time I go to a new doctor, I struggle to remember which of my grandparents was diagnosed with which condition(s) and when.  With this tool, you can enter your own health history as well as information on your family members.  Once you've done that, you can share the tree with family members, print it to share with your doctor, or just save it for your own reference.

Another fabulous resource from Welch's and their partners is the Grape Science Center.  Whether you're interested in learning about emerging research into the impact of grapes on health or the chemistry of grapes, you'll find it at the Grape Science Center.  I'd heard about a possible connection between grapes and cardiovascular health, but potential effects on cognitive health and immune system health were news to me.  This site contains some serious chemistry information, but it's written in a very accessible form.  As a science geek, I also appreciate that everything is backed up with references and links!

Last week I had the opportunity to try Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes.  I've heard people say that purple grape juice is syrupy sweet, but this tasted fresh and really, really good!  I wanted to try a new recipe with some of the juice, so I made a Grape Juice Granita.

Ingredient (yes, just one):
Grape juice, preferably Welch’s 100% Grape Juice

Directions:
Pour juice into a shallow glass or ceramic dish.  (I used about 1 cup of juice in a 3-cup rectangular glass dish.)  Cover and freeze for two or three hours, stirring every 30 minutes.  When the juice freezes into a thick slush, it's ready to serve.

This is such a delicious, refreshing, healthy treat!  I'll definitely make it again in the summertime!

Grape Juice Granita 1
Grape Juice Granita 2


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Disclosure:  I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Welch’s and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

3 comments :

  1. Wow I never knew all of that about Welch's! Very interesting... I didn't know April 2 was PB&J day either...we will be observing that day!

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  2. Ok I know I'm crazy I love grapes but never have been a grape jelly fan. The boys love it.

    I love PBJ, and they have their own day rocks :)

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  3. ok that looks delicious.... im going to have to try it out now! thanks!

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