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5 Exciting Ideas to Eat Raisins

 

Hi Selena,

Like many other superfoods, raisins offer a huge plethora of nutrients and health benefits including protection against cataracts, macular degeneration, cancer, and arthritis. Raisins have also been found to be very helpful in the treatment of constipation and libido problems.

Did you know that raisins also contain calcium, which is required for the formation and maintenance of strong bones and teeth? Boron, a micro nutrient that is found in abundance in raisins improves calcium absorption and stimulates bone formation through its effects on calcium and Vitamin D metabolism. So if you are a postmenopausal woman, snacking on raisins is a great way to increase bone density and prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

I'd like to mention Monukka raisins (munaka, manuka, manucca) which are made from Black Monukka grapes. They're a little larger than the traditional dark raisins and have a wonderfully rich flavor with a nice crunch from tiny edible seeds. Monukka raisins are not related to manuka honey or New Zealand manuka plant; they are mostly found in specialty markets such as health food stores.

I also try to avoid golden raisins as they may be treated with sulfur dioxide during processing to preserve their light golden color and also to extend their shelf line.

 

What to Eat Raisins With?

Raisins can be easily incorporated into your diet. You can add raisins to so many recipes such as rice, omelets, salads, spreads, snack mixes, smoothies, puddings and various home baked goodies for extra nutrition as well as flavor.

I hope these ideas/recipes listed below will inspire you to eat raisins on a regular basis and enjoy plenty of natural goodness from raisins by including them in your everyday meals.

 

What is Good to Eat with Raisins?

1. For a healthy start to your day, add a small handful of raisins to your oatmeal porridge. You can also add chopped dates, prunes, apricots or figs, all of which are very high in dietary fiber. If you like a bit more crunch to your porridge, add a sprinkling of toasted pumpkin, sunflower or sesame seeds, or mixed nuts such as walnuts, almonds and pecans.

 

 

2.  If you must have a little something sweet after your meal but want to keep those pounds away, then this refreshing nutrient-packed raisin smoothie is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt.

Soak ⅓ cup raisins in ¼ cup rum for about 1 hour or so, to plump them up. Then place both ingredients along with 1 large banana (frozen and cut up), 2 cups non fat (or low fat) vanilla yogurt and ½ teaspoon vanilla in a blender. Puree until smooth and creamy.

 

 

3. Instead of fat laden raisin danishes and cookies, I invite you to make these oh-so-easy-no-bake nibbles and enjoy them anytime you like. These yummy snacks also make a great finger food item for your family at-home movie night.

Combine 1 cup raisins with ½ cup chopped walnuts in a medium bowl. Add 3 ounces low fat cheese (softened), and 2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate (thawed). Chill in your refrigerator until firm. Divide into small balls and roll in crushed corn flakes (or toasted flaked coconut) to coat evenly.

 

 

4. For a very exciting twist from the usual rice, couscous, quinoa, and pasta, consider adding raisins.

And, if you have picky eaters (kids and adults) in your family, adding raisins to dark green salads or coleslaw is a fun way to encourage them to eat vegetables.

Try this simple yet extremely tasty Baja coleslaw recipe. Finely shred ½ small head cabbage, 1 large carrot and  2 green onions. Dice 1 small sweet bell pepper. Put all ingredients in a large bowl, and toss in raisins, ½ cup cubed fresh mango and papaya. You can adjust the amount of fruits and veggies according to your taste.

In a small bowl, mix 1 tablespoon fine sugar, 3 tablespoons EVOO (extra virgin olive oil)and 2 tablespoons lime juice. Pour mixture over coleslaw mix, and toss together until well coated.

 

 

5. If you love eggs, why not try something different like a raisin omelet and excite your taste buds with a pleasantly sweet taste?

Add seasoning (salt and pepper) to 2 eggs. Gently combine the yolks and whites with a fork but don't overbeat them.

Heat up a non stick frying pan that is sprayed with cooking spray or coated with a tiny bit of oil. Pour eggs into pan and stir in raisins. Cook raisin omelet until center is nearly set, about 3 minutes. If you like, sprinkle with the grated cheddar or Gruyere. Yum!



 

 

By Diane Hanson

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is good to eat with raisins? I read somewhere that raisins are a great source of iron, but I could never eat raisins straight out of the box because they are far too sweet for my liking. I quite like Danish raisin rings from the shops but again these treats are calorie dense and can be really hazardous to anyone trying to eat healthy. So I am looking for interesting ideas on what to eat raisins with. Thanks. – Selena, Kentucky.

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