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Frozen Grapes

I think it’s common knowledge that the grape is a pretty average fruit. Eating a grape certainly doesn’t leave you feeling refreshed, like eating a sweet summer watermelon does, and the grape does not possess the apple’s uncanny ability to capture the essence of an entire season with one crisp bite. Grapes don’t have a category, they don’t have a season. Grapes are just…grapes– and as I’m not usually one to settle for mediocrity, I tend to reach for a fruit that’s a bit less, um, pedestrian, when perusing the produce section.

But this was all before I discovered frozen grapes. Frozen grapes are not a new product; they are just ordinary grapes that have been in the freezer for a few hours. It’s hard to believe that the simple act of freezing can transform this uninspired fruit into something that tastes so regal. That’s right. Frozen grapes actually taste like royalty.

Like swallowing velvet.

Non-frozen grapes often taste dry and chalky, but put your grapes in the freezer and they’ll taste like velvet. One of the biggest problems with eating grapes at room temperature is that you run the risk of accidentally grabbing a soft, soggy one. Just stick your grapes in the freezer and problem solved! When frozen, grapes don’t become rock-hard as one might expect. Instead they have a pleasantly firm outside while the inside has a bit of a crunch but still retains its juiciness. Frozen grapes are like the french fries of fruit.

Just remember to dry the grapes before you put them in your freezer…

I forgot to dry them before I put them in my freezer....


100 Calorie Packs- Cinnamon Coffee Cakes

On Saturday I shattered the screen of my iPhone. On Sunday I lost my entire wallet. And now it’s Monday. Broken phone + no wallet + Monday= the trifecta of unhappiness. I am less than enthused to go to work this morning.

But as I was watching the Today Show this morning, sulking about the impending work day and the fact that Kathie Lee and Hoda come on an hour too late for me to catch them, I remembered something incredible: last week, I put a box of 100 calorie Cinnamon Coffee Cakes in my fridge. My day is beginning to turn around!

Good morning!

I’m a big fan of 100 calorie packs in general– low in calories and fat, perfectly portioned, a ton of varieties– what’s not to love?! For years I’ve been loyal to the Chips Ahoy 100 cal pack, but last winter I discovered Cinnamon Coffee Cakes, and I haven’t looked back since. There are 3 cakes per pack, each one so small and so delicate it’s like eating a petit delicious cloud. They are lovely. The Cinnamon Coffee Cakes are sweet and they work great as an afternoon snack, but this is a very versatile treat. I ate a pack this morning while waiting for Al Roker to inform me whether or not I needed to wear a jacket today, and it was a wonderfully surprising breakfast! Just throw a pack in your bag and you’re good to go!

I suppose most people store coffee cakes in their kitchen at room temperature, but a friend of mine once shared with me the trick of keeping 100 cal coffee cakes in my fridge. A cold coffee cake is a whole new kind of snack, but these coffee cakes are good any time of day, at any temperature!