Take Your Smoothie Up a Notch with Grapes

This post is part of my partnership with Grapes from California. I hope you enjoy it!

Have you ever thought to try fresh grapes in your smoothies? No? Ok, they might not be your go-to ingredient right now, but they should be! Listen to all of the good stuff you get from California grapes:

  • A serving of grapes (3/4 cup) contains just 90 calories, has no fat, no cholesterol and virtually no sodium.
  • Grapes are an excellent source of vitamin K, which plays a key role in helping blood clot in order to prevent excessive bleeding and may also be important in bone health.
  • Grapes contain 7% of the recommended daily intake of potassium.
  • Grapes of all colors””red, black, and green””are a natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols.
  • Grapes and grape products may contribute to a healthy heart by promoting the relaxation of blood vessels to help maintain healthy blood flow and function.

In addition to these wonderful health benefits, you can also use frozen grapes in place of ice in your smoothies to add texture and flavor without watering it down. And for those of you who love green smoothies, grapes add a delicious complementary flavor to greens. They’re sweet with a slight tartness and they blend well with most other fruits, so there’s a good chance grapes might just become part of your regular smoothie routine.

Ok, are you ready to try some California grapes in your smoothies? I highly recommend one of these delicious options below!

Chia Citrus Grape Smoothie

This smoothie has become one of my favorites to drink after a morning workout. The combination of ingredients is great for recovery and the tangy, crispy flavors of grape and orange boost my energy for the rest of the day.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup California green seedless grapes, rinsed
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (approximately 32 grams)
  • 1 tsp chia seeds

Directions: Combine ingredient in a blender until smooth. Makes 1 serving (approximately 16 ounces).

Thick and Creamy Chocolate Grape Smoothie

Everyone loves a thick and creamy chocolate shake, right? Well, this smoothie tastes just as delicious as the classic version we all love, but it’s much more nutritious and with fewer calories. It’s just like dessert, but you can feel good drinking it whenever the craving strikes!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup California black grapes
  • 1/2 medium avocado
  • 1 cup milk of your choice (I used vanilla soy milk, but I think chocolate would be ever better!)
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

Directions: Combine ingredient in a blender until smooth. Makes 1 serving (approximately 16 ounces).

Tropical Grape Smoothie

This Tropical Grape Smoothie is another one of my go-to, post-workout smoothies, especially after finishing a long run. It’s light and refreshing, so it quenches my thirst, but, at the same time, the boost of protein helps to kick start recovery. And, honestly, this smoothie is just plain delicious. It’s definitely one of my favorites!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup California green or red seedless grapes, rinsed
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (approximately 32 grams)

Directions: Combine ingredient in a blender until smooth. Makes 1 serving (approximately 16 ounces).

Breakfast-to-Go Grape Smoothie

If you don’t think you have time for a healthy breakfast, look no further. Made with frozen California grapes, banana, and Greek yogurt, this smoothie will satisfy both your taste buds and stomach. Plus, it will get you out the door in no time!

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Grape and Green Tea Antioxidant Smoothie 

Whirled with green tea, this smoothie is perfect as a quick and easy breakfast or pick-me-up snack. And the flavor combination of fresh grapes with green tea is out of this world. You definitely want to try this one!

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Great Grape Smoothie

Made with California seedless grapes, cherries, strawberries, orange, and banana, you’ll get a whole host of nutrients in one single smoothie!

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Questions of the Day

Have you ever tried grapes in your smoothies? If so, please share your favorite recipe!

What are your other favorite uses for grapes?

29 Comments

  1. Thank you for that post! I really like grapes from time to time, but for a single household, the supermarket serving is often way too much! Now I’ve got some new ideas!

  2. A super refreshing green smoothie from simplegreensmoothies.com called Grape Lime Rickey ~ 2 cups fresh spinach ~ 1 cup water ~ 3 cups grapes, red or purple ~ 1 lime peeled ~ sweetener to taste (Stevia, honey, etc) blend with ice or freeze grapes first then blend. Favorite drink this super hot, dry summer:)

  3. Frozen grapes are great in the summer! I wash them and dry them really well and then just stick them in the freezer. Awesome healthy, cold, sweet snack on a hot day and kids love them!

  4. I love frozen grapes in my smoothies! If we don’t eat fresh ones quickly enough and they get soft, I throw them in the freezer for my frozen fruit arsenal 🙂

  5. Creative! It is a bummer that some smoothies get watered down by the ice so I’ll definitely be trying frozen grapes as a replacement. The chocolate version may be happening soon…!

  6. I noticed a few posts ago that you mentioned putting grapes into a smoothie, and I’ve been curious ever since! I sure love grapes. Thanks for the list of ideas – I’ll definitely be trying a few of them.

  7. I have not yet tried grapes in my smoothie, although lots of my friends have suggested it. So I can’t wait to try one of these recipes. I usually freeze grapes before they go bad and once they’re frozen they taste like a popsicle and I snack on a few for a dessert.

  8. Nope….never thought to do that until you mentioned it earlier this week. I had some grapes that needed to be used and added some vanilla greek yogurt and a frozen banana….yum! Husband loved it too. Thanks for the idea.

  9. Will have to give these a try!

    Btw, have you tried cotton candy grapes? I bought some today from Fresh Market and they taste just like cotton candy!! The cashier told me that it took the developer 15 years to create them. He’s also working on a pineapple/mango combo.

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