[center]Craving Killer: Pickled Grapes [/center]
There’s a theory out there that humans were “built” with a sweet tooth. Basically, this adapted desire for something sweet made us seek out a wider variety of nutrients from fruits and vegetables, leading to a healthier, smarter, longer-living species.
But as you know, that innate longing for sweetness bastardized into refined sugar and HFCS addiction. The <a href="http://velocity.tmuscle.com/free_online_program/sports_body_training_diet_velocity/velocity_diet_30#velocity-diet-3-0"target=“new”>V-Diet can help you squash that in about 21 days, but let’s talk for a minute about how to satisfy our in-born sweet tooth while retaining our abs and avoiding Mr. Diabetes.
My favorite source of sweetness is berries, fruits, and sucralose (Splenda). Here’s an admittedly weird recipe that uses a couple of those things. Pop one or two of these when you get a sweet craving. The combination of sweet grapes and tangy vinegar will satisfy a craving in two bites.
[center]Pickled Grapes [/center]
Note: Cut the recipe in half if you want to try out a smaller batch before you commit. As written, the yield is about two jars.
1 pound seedless grapes,
1 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup Splenda
Big pinch of whole cloves
1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
1 cinnamon stick, cut in half
1/4 teaspoon salt
Makin’ the Stuff
- De-stem your grapes, then carefully cut off a tiny portion of the stem end so that a little flesh is exposed. This is tedious. Pay a child with good knife skills $2 to do it.
Place grapes in two canning jars.
- Throw all the remaining ingredients into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Stir, kill the heat. You now have two choices: Allow liquid to cool completely which will lead to a firmer “pickle.” Or pour it over the grapes hot for a softer fleshed product. Up to you. Decide and pour liquid into jars.
3) Refrigerate overnight, then eat cold.
Weird? Yes. A perfect craving killer? You bet. – Chris