Why should our kids eat raisins?
- Potassium! Raisins and dried apricots are one of our best potassium sources. In fact, last night we were trying to find potassium rich foods for the Trek I keep talking about. My husband is going to be one of two medical people there, and he’s concerned about dehydration. Potassium and sodium balance is essential.
- They are shelf stable without the use of chemicals! Stock up parents, these babies can last a long time stored properly.
- They are the top US source of Boron (a mineral for bone health)
- Raisins are high in phenols (an antioxidant that protects against oxidative damage)
- Protects against macular degeneration (important for my kids- my father in law is blind from it!)
Bottom line, share the raisins!!! I found this cabbage salad recipe on the Sunmaid raisin site, and am sharing it with permission. I’m always looking for salad recipes, beyond lettuce based boring salad.
- 1/2 small head cabbage, washed and finely shredded (about 4 cups)
- 2 small carrots, peeled and shredded
- 3 green onions, thinly sliced
- 1 small sweet bell pepper, diced 1/4″
- 3/4 cup Sun-Maid Natural Raisins
- 1/2 cup cubed fresh or frozen, thawed mango
- 1/2 cup cubed fresh or frozen, thawed papaya
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
- Chopped cilantro leaves for garnish
Makes 6 to 8 servings.
Nutrients per Serving: Calories 180; Protein 2.2g; Fat 7g (Sat. Fat 1g); Carbohydrate 29g; Dietary Fiber 4.7g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 35mg
Daily Values: Vitamin C 93% Vitamin A 70% Dietary Fiber 19%
- 1/2 head, small (about 4-1/2″ dia) cabbage
- 2 small (5-1/2″ long) carrot
- 3 stalk green onion
- 1 small bell pepper, red
- 3/4 cup (not packed) raisins, seedless
- 1/2 cup pieces mango
- 1/2 cup 1″ pieces papaya
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 3 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tbsp lime juice
- 1/8 cup cilantro
- Combine cabbage, carrots, onions, bell pepper, ½ cup of the raisins, mango and papaya in large bowl. Mix sugar, olive oil and lime juice in small bowl. Add to vegetables and fruit and mix thoroughly. Turn into a serving bowl and garnish with cilantro and remaining ¼ cup raisins.