Would you like raisins with that?

by Alexandra

Imagine rolling to a stop in front of the window at a fast food restaurant’s drive through. The receptionist says, “Hello, and welcome to _____________. May I please take your order?” Hungry and probably in somewhat of a rush, you ask for _________, ___________, and a bottle of water or a coffee or something. The receptionist asks if you would like “everything on it,” cream/sugar in your coffee, etc. Finally, she asks: “would you like raisins with that?”

woah.

Imagine if fast food restaurants offered a box of raisins for a side — or if they sprinkled raisins on salads, or offered complimentary raisins with $1 McDonald’s coffee from 6:00 am — 9:30 am. What if, instead of asking, “would you like fries with that?” receptionists at the drive through offered raisins instead. Imagine kids grabbing for ants on a log in the lunch line, and happily munching on sweet bits of nature’s candy after school, at daycare or at the park.

woah.

Of course the fast-food industry has taken quite the hit with Michelle Obama’s quest to reduce childhood obesity, so I’m not going to rattle off any additional reasons why Subway is a much better option than BK; In the health-food blogosphere, you all could probably double my list as it is! Instead I’m going to profess my love to the often forgotten raisin.

Most of my peers don’t even like raisins which I find very strange. My best friend, for example, loves oatmeal cookies, but not if they have raisins in them! A girl I used to be close with always turned her nose when I would nibble on them before soccer practice and mutter “ew, gross” as she meandered away. I really don’t understand the aversion many people have toward raisins — maybe it’s the lack of aesthetic appeal, or the brown marks they leave on the inside of the box. I personally love raisins so much that I just might turn into one! I have always loved dried fruits of all kinds, and I especially adore dates and prunes, and of course, the good old fashioned raisin!

There are so many ways to enjoy them! They can be added to sweet or savory dishes, tossed into trail mix, sprinkled on oatmeal…

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raisins, raisins, raisins!

The best part about sweet raisins is that in addition to being on par with gummy candy they are packed with vitamins! They’re high in potassium, copper and manganese, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B6. They’re also high in fiber, and natural sugars that are low on the glycemic index. What’s not to love?

Next time you find yourself craving something sweet mid-afternoon, or are fixin’ to provide your children with a quick, delicious snack (think: ants on a log) then try to remember the all-too-forgotten historical dried fruit. Our grandmas and grandpas have been snacking on sweet raisins for centuries, but sadly they have become (un)fairly obsolete in today’s “American Diet.”

Go Raisins!

-Alexandra

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