This month our Recipe Redux challenge was to create a healthy drink. While I'd say creative drink concoctions are not my forte (unless we are talking smoothies and in that case I consider myself the Smoothe Mad Scientist), I have come up with a thing or two in my day like the Coconut Key Lime Mock-jito's I made last spring while pregnant.
This time around my idea came from grape juice and Greek yogurt. I've just kind of had these 2 foods on my brain lately. Why? First the grape juice: I'm really not a fan of juices in general. By juice, I'm talking the juice isle at the grocery store. There's not a whole lot there that impresses me as something a lot of people should be drinking. My motto when it comes to juice is that you should drink it if you have a good reason. Good reasons include (1) they are proven to be very high in antioxidants (2) the whole fruit is not readily available year round or difficult to consume in adequate quantities or (3) you use them as your main source of added calcium or the like. For a while, pomegranate juice was the main one I fit in this category. But recently I've been impressed with the info Welch's released about the health benefits (antioxidants, heart and brain health) connected to their 100% Concord Grape Juice.
Then there's Greek yogurt, which I am convinced is the super food of the decade. It is versatile and can be used in all kinds of recipes. It's packed with protein and it tastes so great. I love experimenting with it to find out all the possibilities for using it in my cooking.
In combining these 2 ingredients I came up with a sophisticated, I hate to say but it's true, creamsicle-like slushy. The 100% grape juice is not super sweet so it has an adult flavor to it. Greek yogurt brings creaminess to the party and fresh mint hits you with a surprise that makes you ask yourself "what is this new cocktail?" I kept this concoction virgin so I could share with my little guy but please, feel free to add your favorite spirit or even some bubbly.
Now I don't mean to brag, but this week our temps in North Florida are hitting the high 70's, so drinking this on my back patio is a complete reality. For those of you who want nothing to do with a frozen drink in February, just bookmark this page and come back in the summer months. You'll be doing your brain, your heart and certainly your taste buds, a big favor!
Minted Grape Creme
1 1/4 cup 100% Concord grape juice
3/4 cup lowfat plain Greek Yogurt
1 1/2 cup ice cubes
1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves
Directions: Add all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth, about 2 minutes, depending on size of ice. Pour into glasses and serve immediately.