Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Paint It Purple With a Welch-arita!

As a busy mom with alot goin' on, I can relate to the challenge many parents face with less-than-ideal diets for routine family snacks and meals....I have embraced a colorful pallete of foods on my family's plates! Banish the blah of starches and over-processed foods and celebrate with a kaleidoscope of foods pleasing to the eye and taste buds...

How about some lucious purple and blues of fruits and veggies such as grapes, blueberries, cabbage and eggplant - so rich in natural antioxidants and flavor! We've been exploring a variety of fun and interactive ways for our family to PAINT IT PURPLE to help the kids become more aware of the benefits of enjoying a colorful diet.

My daughter Krissy and I enjoyed a "PAINT IT PURPLE" mom and daughter afternoon to celebrate with some fun Welch-aritas (non-alcholic) and mani's featuring a deep plum nailpolish to bring out our inner-divas!:

1 ½ tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice,
½ cup Welch’s 100% Grape Juice, ¼ cup water,
1 teaspoon fresh squeezed orange juice

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, half your plate should be fruits and vegetables. Incorporating immune- and heart-supporting nutrients into our children's diet is not only important, but also could help shift the trend of nearly half of all Americans who still do not consume the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables.

One easy way to get this recommended daily amount, is to drink 4-oz. (or a 1/2 cup) of Welch's 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes, which offers a full serving of fruit. Best yet, it is has no added sugar. It's the Concord grape that offers antioxidants along with a mix of plant nutrients called polyphenols, which may benefit heart health!

In honor of March and National Nutrition Month, Welch's is sharing its resources that help steer us to better health or even just start those important conversations among family members:

Welch's Family Vine Tool, allows you to trace your family's heart history
GrapeScience.com is a destination for the science behind the Concord grape's health benefits .Welch's also has the best grape- and grape-juice inspired recipes at the Welch's Recipe Box.

Welch’s National Nutrition Month tools:
Diet and exercise affect your heart but so do your genes. That’s why it’s important to understand your family’s heart health history. Welch’s is helping spreading heart healthy awareness with its Welch’s Family Vine Tool, which enables families to trace their personal health histories and share the results among relatives. For more visit,


The Grape Science Center is a valuable resource to learn about the growing Concord grape research in areas like heart health, cognitive health, immune system health and more. For more information on the science behind the Concord grape’s health benefits, visit the Grape Science Center at www.grapescience.com.

In addition to promoting heart healthfulness, Welch’s has prepared recipes and other tips for creating tasty meals and snacks with vibrantly colored fruit. Find these and more at the Welch’s Recipe Box or via www.welchs.com/products/recipe-box. Please also direct readers to the Welch’s Twitter Handle: @Welchs and Facebook Fan page at: http://www.facebook.com/welchsgrapes.
Post your comments about your efforts to put MORE PURPLE INTO YOUR FAMILY'S DIETS...

I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Welch’s and received a product sample to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

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