Grapes are an excellent choice for just about any type of diet. They won’t provide much in the way of vital nutrition, but they help keep you full and are a healthy snack to consume between meals.
They contain a number of important micronutrients, including (in red grapes, at least) a supply of resveratrol, which is a potent antioxidant linked to life extension, healthier body weight, and protection against numerous diseases.
As far as calories are concerned, you’re pretty safe with grapes. They are composed mainly of water, with some simple sugars and a negligible amount of starch content. A cup of grapes contains about 60 calories, so feel free to snack away. It won’t add up to much unless you get really carried away!
Other Healthy Snack Options
As delicious as a cup of grapes might be, you can only eat so much of any food before you’re tired of it. Here are some other healthy snacks that will fill your stomach without packing on fat:
- Baby Carrots
- Celery Sticks
- Rice Cakes
The trick with eating this type of food is to avoid the dips and condiments that pack on hidden calories. That won’t be much of a problem with grapes, but it can be an issue for the other options listed above. Add a peanut butter dip to your celery, and it’s suddenly loaded with calories. The same goes for other dips that might be tempting, like ranch dressing.
To keep these as healthy as possible, stick with things like plain yellow mustard (at around 10 calories per tablespoon). A light sprinkle of salt can add a lot of flavor as well (this tastes especially great on baby carrots). Sure, it may not taste nearly as good as the high-cal alternatives, but your waistline will thank you later.
Low Calorie Grape Serving Suggestions
You don’t have to eat them plain to enjoy the weight loss benefits of grapes. Chop a few of them up and mix into a plain or vanilla Greek yogurt to add some texture and flavor to a high protein snack. This makes a great breakfast that tastes delicious and keeps you full for hours.
Who says you have to eat them alone? Chop up a handful of grapes, kiwi, and strawberries for a quick fruit salad. Eat alone, or sprinkle on a bowl of lettuce as a fresh, healthy alternative to high calorie salad dressing. You could even use a splash of low calorie vinaigrette to add some texture. Done right, this fruit salad can have less than 50 calories – but it feels like a lot more when you’re eating it.