This simple grape salad has all it takes to make a quick salad without too much work. If you love crunchy salads, then this is what you need right now!
Hi lovely, Fall is the best season for enjoying freshly harvested grapes. They are ripe to their best, and you have choices of variety with different tastes.
What better way to marry grapes and cucumbers in this salad before the cucumber season ends? This salad contains phytochemicals like antioxidants and anti-inflammation that can help your body reduce inflammation and support your health.
You'll love making this salad just for its simplicity, but don't get me wrong, this grape salad will load you with high nutrients that will nourish you at a cellular level!
Together with cucumber, I love kicking up this salad with ginger. Ginger is excellent for digestion, and it reduces gas and bloating. You'll enjoy ginger's antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties if you consider adding it to this salad.
Are grapes good for you?
Some people avoid grapes because they are high in sugar, especially those with diabetes, and it's true eating grapes alone on an empty stomach will raise your blood sugar!
However, combining whole grapes with vegetables high in fiber will reduce the speed at which the sugar is released into the blood.
Another point to consider is the choice of grapes. As I mentioned earlier, there are different varieties of grapes. Choose the less sugared whenever possible.
But what could surprise you is discovering that whole grapes are antidiabetic. Some of the grapes' phytochemicals improve the function of the pancreas, which is the organ that produces insulin.
According to many studies, grapes possess health benefits like antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer, prevent and help treat cardiovascular disease and are capable of modulating the gut microbiome.
Grapes have chemical compounds like polyphenols which are distributed differently in the grape, the seed containing the most polyphenols. Therefore choose grapes with seeds.
You might have heard drinking red wine is good because it has resveratrol. Resveratrol can help promote health and manage diseases like heart disease, eye degeneration, and aging.
Resveratrol is found in grapes' skin, and eating whole grapes will confer these health benefits.
I added some walnuts to this grape salad for healthy fats, and fat enhances the absorption of resveratrol in grapes. Since grapes are sweet, opt for nuts or seeds that are less in sugar. In this salad, walnut suites perfectly.
Walnuts are a source of Alpha-linolenic acid, a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Omega-3 fats are well known to improve health and reduce inflammation.
To keep this salad simple and healthy, I make a vinaigrette using cold-pressed olive oil and non-pasteurized apple cider vinegar. This vinegar will feed you new probiotics (living microorganisms) that benefit your gut health.
When buying your apple cider vinegar, read the bottle to make sure it's non-pasteurized and non-filtered.
I hope you'll enjoy eating this grape salad now that you have all the info to make you eat more grapes.
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Till next, stay safe and remember, you have the power to heal yourself.
Sending you my love. Githu.