It’s National Raisin Week from 7 – 13 May!
We’re encouraging all our readers to try and replace the sugar-packed snacks we normally reach for with snacks packed with nature’s sunshine goodness. And what better way to do that with than with those little pockets of vitamins, minerals and, of course, energy… raisins!
Health Benefits of Raisins
Raisins are the perfect energy-boosting snack and their health benefits are endless:
- They ease constipation
- They help reduce hypertension
- They help treat anaemia
- They support good eyesight
Why should we eat more raisins?
Raisins are made from dehydrated grapes, and so the nutrients they contain naturally become more concentrated. Raisins are irreplaceable as a lunch box snack for your little ones. These golden, green or black delicacies are favourites of almost everyone, particularly kids.
Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of eating raisins:
- Raisins are high in energy. Kids who are very active and people who are underweight can benefit from eating raisins fairly often. Raisins can add healthy calories to their diets.
- Raisins are a source of dietary fiber. This means that raisins are effective in promoting and supporting healthy bowels. Eating fiber-packed raisins regularly can help keep you, well, regular!
- Raisins contain potassium. Potassium is essential for strengthening and maintaining teeth and bone structure. Potassium also helps support normal energy metabolism in the body and cell membrane structure.
- Raisins are naturally low in sodium. It’s important that we watch our salt intake.
- Raisins support fine motor skill development. Toddlers can even practice their fine motor skills by eating raisins! By the end of their first year, infants can usually use their thumb and index fingers in a well-coordinated pincer grasp. A toddler can already pick up raisins and open and close small boxes by that age.
Peanut and Raisin Energy Balls
As a mom, you’re always looking for new, healthy and tasty treats for the family to enjoy. These peanut and raisin energy balls are delicious and packed with sunshine goodness, helping your family sustain their energy levels during the day.
They are sugar-free with the natural sweetness of honey and raisins, and the peanuts and seeds give them a lovely crunch. Click here for the recipe.
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