This is a sponsored post on behalf of Grapes from California through Kitchen PLAY
When it comes to snacks for myself and my kids, I try my best to limit their access to processed snacks. Instead, I keep my fridge full of fresh fruits and vegetables for them to snack on throughout the day. Everyone has different tastes and preferences but one thing we can all agree on is how much we love California grapes. Especially my kids. They don’t care if they’re red, green or black, they’ll eat them all day, every day. So when I do our weekly grocery shopping, one thing you’ll always find in my cart is Grapes from California.
Did you know that 99% of table grapes commercially grown in the U.S. are grown in California? So, Grapes from California really are your local grapes. California’s table grape growers are committed to providing the best tasting, highest quality grapes in the world. They apply the highest standards of production to every vine grown. Then they’re cultivated, picked, packed and transported with the utmost care to make sure that they arrive in just-picked condition – plump, juicy and tasty.
Grapes from California are in season May – January and they’re always ripe and ready to eat. I love snacking on them when I’m working. I’m one of those people who always have to be snacking on something, and since 3/4 cup of grapes contains just 90 calories, no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium, they’re a smart choice for me.
Both of my kids love grapes as a snack and even in recipes. I’m always looking for yummy and delicious ways to add a little fun into their lunches or snacks and these three ideas are perfect for back to school.
BACK TO SCHOOL BENTO BOX
It’s a fun snack idea for school lunches, road trips or even a trip to the beach. It’s easy to pack and you can really get creative with what you put in it.
HUMMUS AND GRAPE WRAPS
I love this idea for not only the kids but myself, too. These Hummus and Grape Wraps can be made ahead making it easy to pack lunches during the week.
PEANUT BUTTER GRAPE MUFFINS
Peanut Butter and Grape Muffins are not only a delicious way to start the day, but they’d be a great addition to any lunch box.
Let’s not forget the important after-school snack. My kids always come home from school hungry looking to eat whatever they can get their hands on. A delicious bowl of Frozen Grapes is the perfect snack while they’re unwinding or for tackling homework.
TIPS FOR BUYING & STORING YOUR GRAPES
- The grapes you see in the supermarket are fully ripe.
- Look for plump grapes with pliable stems.
- Ever wonder what that powdery white coating on the grapes is? That’s called bloom and it’s actually good. Bloom is a naturally occurring substance that protects grapes from moisture loss and decay.
- Store your grapes unwashed and refrigerated until ready to use. Then simply rinse them with cold water and serve or add to your favorite recipe.
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How do you incorporate Grapes from California into your back to school routine?