Discover an easy way to stay healthy with 100% grape juice #discoverwhatsreal

People today have a wider range of food choices available. In reality, many families are still unable to meet their daily nutrient requirements which help prevent chronic diseases. 

According to research, the percentage of Filipino households that do not fulfill their dietary energy requirements has been increasing. On the latest Food Consumption Survey by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology in 2013, it was revealed that 69.3% did not fulfill their dietary energy requirements – higher by 2.4% than the previous survey in 2008. 

In addition, research says Filipinos are only able to meet 39% of the daily 400 grams of fruits and vegetables suggested by the World Health Organization. With less of the important naturally occurring nutrients from fruits – such as polyphenols from grapes that help the heart – individuals are exposed to risks of lifestyle diseases such as cardiovascular disorders. 

Discover What’s Good 

The good news is that Filipinos can find convenient, nutritious and delicious ways to stay healthy that match their busy lifestyle. 

Experts recommend 100% fruit juices as healthy complements to whole fruits. While whole fruits are a great source of fiber, 100% fruit juices also carry essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body to function well and prevent many chronic diseases. For instance, 8 ounces of pure fruit juice such as Welch’s 100% grape juice are equivalent to serving a whole cup of fruit. 

In fact, drinking 100% fruit juice from grapes may actually provide you with more polyphenols than eating the fruit, without causing weight gain. Making a pure grape juice involves crushing the fruit, including seeds and dark purple skin, which releases more of these nutrients. In addition, pure fruit juice only uses naturally occurring fruit sugars, without any added sugars. More than a decade’s worth of research suggests that 100% grape juice can help support a healthy heart. 

An advocate of better nutritional choice for Filipino families, Welch’s provides a wide range of healthy juice products that are refreshing to the palate and good for the body in the long term. 

 At Welch's, we value what's REAL, we value family, we value health and wellness and we value in sharing what's good. For over 140 years, Welch’s has been providing families around the world with products that bring a happy balance of goodness and deliciousness-Erika Evaristo Rodriguez, VP Marketing of Welch's Philippines.

Here are some of the recipes that you could also try making at home. 🍇💜
Grape Berry Crunch Muffins 

½ cup low-fat granola
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
¾ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
1 large egg
¼ cup canola oil
⅔ cup light brown sugar
1 tsp grated lemon zest
1 ½ cups Welch’s Frozen Blueberries

1. Preheat the oven to 400° F. Coat a muffin pan with cooking spray or line with paper cups.
2. Place the granola in a heavy-duty plastic bag and crush it lightly with a rolling pin or other heavy object to break up any large clumps. Set aside.
3. In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Mix until blended.
4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the grape juice, egg, oil, sugar and lemon zest until incorporated. Add this wet mixture to the dry ingredients, blend and stir with a rubber spatula until homogenized. Fold in the blueberries.
5. Fill the prepared muffin cups about two-thirds with batter. Sprinkle with the granola and pat it in lightly so that it adheres.
6. Cool muffins in wire rack. Serve warm or in room temperature

Grape Salsa with Goat Cheese Crostini

Yield: 20 crostini 

1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
½ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
1 cups seedless grapes, quartered (red, green or a mix)
1 cup tomatoes, diced
1 Tbsp jalapeño, chopped
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
½ cup red onions
1 TBSP lime juice
tt salt and pepper

8 oz goat cheese
225 grams cream cheese
¼ cup heavy cream
tt salt and pepper
1 pc baguette

1.  In a sauce pan, pour in the balsamic vinegar and the WELCH 100% GRAPE JUICE and reduce in half or until coats the back of the spoon.  Cool down and set aside.
2. In a mixer (using a paddle) or bowl, mix the goat cheese, cream cheese, Heavy cream together until light and fluffy.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside in the refrigerator.  
3. In a bowl, add the quartered grapes, tomatoes, jalapeño, cilantro, red onions, lime juice, and the reduced grape juice.  Season with salt and pepper.  Set aside in a refrigerator.
4. Slice the baguette by ¼” and arrange in a baking tray.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Flip and repeat the process.  Bake in a 350 F oven until golden about 5-8 minutes. 
5. To assemble, spread the goat cheese on the crostini.  Add a spoon of grape salsa and garnish with cilantro.

Grape Banana Smoothie

1 small banana, peeled and sliced
1 cup seedless red grapes, washed, stems removed
1 cup Cabot Vanilla Bean Lowfat Greek-Style Yogurt
1 cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice
1 pinch ground cinnamon

1. Place banana and grapes in freezer until firmly frozen (in plastic bag if not using soon).
2. Combine frozen fruits, yogurt, grape juice and cinnamon in blender and blend until smooth. Divide between 2 large glasses and enjoy cold.

Welch’s 100% juice drinks are widely available in retail outlets nationwide. 

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