This Purple Power Smoothie Bowl is chock full of heart-healthy ingredients. I made it with 100% grape juice—which thanks to the Concord grapes, supports a healthy heart—as well as banana, Greek yogurt, frozen fruit, baby spinach and chia seeds. Serve with a variety of nutritious toppers for a colorful bowl of goodness for your family.
Disclosure: I created this recipe for Welch’s and was compensated for the recipe and social media outreach. All opinions are solely my own.
I am all for food trends, especially when those trends have the potential for bringing a BIG nutritional benefit to your family’s diet. Smoothie bowls are all the rage; they’re like smoothies, but instead of sipping them with a straw, you scoop them with a spoon. Perfect for breakfast or a snack, anything goes when it comes to what to put inside the bowl … and on top.
I used Welch’s 100% Grape Juice made with Concord grapes as the base for this smoothie bowl.
The Concord grape is a little purple berry that packs an impressive nutrition punch. That’s because Concord grapes contain natural plant nutrients called polyphenols — and research suggests that certain polyphenols may play a role in supporting healthy circulation and heart health. Purple is a cue for polyphenols, and typically the darker the color, the more polyphenols you’ll likely find.
And get this: According to a new study published in the European Journal of Nutrition, drinking 100% grape juice made with Concord grapes may boost brain health by improving attention and mood in young adults. Compared to the control group, those who consumed 100% grape juice felt calmer and experienced significant improvements in reaction time during attention-based tasks.
Hooray for PURPLE FOOD POWER
Did you know that many of the same natural plant nutrients found in red wine are also present in grape juice made with Concord grapes? Concord grapes are distinct from other grapes, including many table grapes, because they have a thick, dark purple skin and crunchy seeds.
Most people don’t eat enough purple produce. This recipe makes it a whole lot easier!
I went gangbusters with the smoothie bowl toppers choosing diced mango, kiwi, raspberries, coconut chips, and granola.
- Serves: 2 to 3
- Serving size: about 1 cup
- Calories: 190
- Fat: 2.5g
- Saturated fat: 0.5g
- Carbohydrates: 37g
- Sodium: 30mg
- Fiber: 4g
- Protein: 6g
- 1 cup Welch's 100% Grape Juice
- 1 ripe frozen banana
- ½ cup plain or strawberry 2% Greek yogurt
- ½ cup frozen strawberries
- ½ cup frozen pineapple chunks
- ½ packed cup baby spinach
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Optional Toppers: fresh fruit, coconut chips, toasted oats, no-sugar-added granola, chia seeds, hemp seeds, chopped nuts
- Place the juice, banana, yogurt, strawberries, pineapple, spinach, and chia seeds in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into individual bowls and garnish with your choice of optional toppers.
For more info on the power of purple foods, check out this informative infographic from Welch’s.
… and for another delicious, family-pleasing smoothie bowl, check out my Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie Bowls recipe.