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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
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
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
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.