A Bone Healthy Dynamic Duo #2
A couple of months ago, I gave you my first Double Delight – apples and cucumbers. I was thrilled to see how many of you loved this simple treat and requested more alkalizing snack combinations.
So… here’s Double Delight 2, another easy and refreshing snack idea. The ingredients are simple: celery and red grapes. As with cucumber and apples, this combo is yet another alkalizing Superhero, full of bone-smart nutrients. And both ingredients are Foundation Foods in the Save Our Bones Program.
I’m always on the lookout for new bone healthy treats I can share with you. As we journey to bone health together, it’s important to be reminded that a pH-balanced lifestyle doesn’t have to be complicated, and there’s nothing boring about it!
I discovered this new combo when I was chopping celery for a dinner salad and munching a few red grapes. As I was eating one of the grapes, I popped a bite of celery in my mouth, and wow – what a sweet crunch!
As with the previous Double Delight, this odd couple gives you…
Double the Nutrients!
Celery, with its delicious crunch, takes a justifiably starring role in many recipes. It’s a great source of Vitamin K, and also contains a good amount of folate (a B vitamin), both of which are Foundation Supplements.
Celery also contains luteolin, a seldom-mentioned but potent antioxidant. Luteolin has actually been found to be more potent than Vitamin C in reducing DNA oxidative damage.
And red grapes are an excellent source of boron and manganese, both Foundation Supplements. Resveratrol, a powerful polyphenol, is found in the skin of red grapes.
To enjoy this delectable duo…
Just Break off a Stalk, Pop, and… Crunch!
For an alkalizing taste treat, take a bite of celery, pop a grape in your mouth, and savor the taste! Or, if you want to be a bit more adventurous, spread a bit of almond butter on the celery stalk and top it off with a row of red grapes – this makes a great party appetizer!
A Note About the “Dirty Dozen”
If at all possible, get organic grapes and celery. Of course, it’s always preferable to use organic produce, but it’s more important for some foods than others. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has put out a list of the “Dirty Dozen” – fruits and vegetables that contain the highest level of pesticide residue. Grapes (especially imported) and celery are both on that list!
You can see the Dirty Dozen as well as the Clean 15 (produce that can safely be purchased non-organic) here.
If you can’t find organic grapes or celery, then make sure you wash them very well. Because plain water isn’t enough to get rid of the pesticide residue, use either a commercial “veggie wash” or a mixture of white vinegar and water. Just mix equal parts of vinegar and water, spray on the fruit, rub it in thoroughly, and rinse.