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8 Amazing Benefits of Grapes (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

8 Amazing Benefits of Grapes (+5 Refreshing Recipes)

A healthy and well-balanced diet is key to living life to the fullest. Amidst our busy lives; however, none of us really take the time to think about what we use to fuel our bodies. Are we eating the right kinds of food to get us through the day? Are we filling ourselves with the proper nutrients? For the majority of us, we probably aren’t. Fortunately, we can solve this problem one baby step at a time, starting with a step as simple as eating a few grapes a day.

Grapes, you ask? Is that it?

Well, no, it will not solve all of your diet problem. However, striving towards a healthy lifestyle begins with healthy eating. It is not so commonly known that in terms of nutritional value, grapes are some of the most delicious, nutritious, and versatile fruits you can come across.

For those who have not already been enlightened with the extensive health benefits of grapes, here are a few reasons you may want to throw a few in your shopping basket during your next grocery shop.

1.) Aids the treatment of acne

An antioxidant derived from grapes known as resveratrol can prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria. According to experts, the antioxidant in grapes, combined with prescribed treatments for acne such as benzyl peroxide, can provide effective treatment against acne.

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2.) Promotes a healthy digestive system

The abundant presence of fiber and nutrients in grapes allow them to promote a healthy digestive system, assisting in the prevention of constipation and indigestion. A healthy intake of fiber promotes healthy bowel movement. For those lacking in daily fiber intake, grapes are a delicious and low GI way to fill those fiber needs.

3.) Grape seed extract

Grape seed extract (an industrial derivative of grape seeds) is abundant in therapeutic properties, such as the treatment of high cholesterol and the prevention of cancer. The inclusion of grape seed extract, as well as calcium, can improve bone strength and assist in the treatment of bone weakness from low calcium levels.

4.) Assists with management of asthma

A healthy and nutrient-filled diet has been proven to assist with the management of asthma. Studies show that children with a high consumption of fruits (such as grapes) are less likely to have asthma-like symptoms. A component in grape seed extract contains anti-inflammatory properties. Additionally, studies have also shown that grape seed extract improves lung function and increases lung capacity.

5.) Assists with management of diabetes

An extract derived from the skin of grapes (grape skin extract) can be developed and used to aid the management of diabetes. Studies also show that the low GI nature of grapes and grape products can provide health benefits for individuals suffering type-2 diabetes. Due to their high nutritional content and low calorie count, professionals recommend red and black grapes for diabetics.

6.) Lowers the risk of heart disease

Studies suggest that the consumption of grapes or other polyphenols (abundant micronutrients) is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. Grapes contain an extensive variety of polyphenol compounds (such as resveratrol). Daily intake of these nutrients assists with cardiovascular health.

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7.) Cancer prevention and longevity

Grapes contain powerful natural chemicals which provide a variety of everyday health benefits, and are even known to assist in the slowing or prevention of cancer. According to studies, these chemicals have the potential to stop the spread of cancer cells. It is also believed that several grape phytonutrients play a role in an individual’s longevity.

8.) Helps protect eyesight

Not only do grapes aid in the prevention of cancer and treatment of diabetes, they are also beneficial for healthy eyesight. Research suggests that regular grape consumption protects retinal structure and function, as well as preventing retinal deterioration.

Now, For Some Delicious Recipes

Grapes are nutritious, delicious, and so easy to incorporate into your diet. Traditionally eaten on their own, in a juice, fruit salad, or wine, it might come as a surprise that there are several other ways to incorporate nutrient-rich grapes into your everyday life.

1.) Mixed Greens with Grapes & Feta

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    Photo: patchofearth.com

    Salads are perfect for a classy first course or a healthier dinner choice. Add a few grapes in there for a delicious and nutritious alternative.

    Check out the recipe here.

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    2.) Seared Steak with Pan-Roasted Grape & Port Sauce

    Seared Steak with Pan-Roasted Grape & Port Sauce
      Photo: foodnetwork.com

      Impress your loved ones with a unique take on a steak roast dinner. Quick and enhanced with port wine and grape flavors, this is a sure-fire way to win over hearts at your weeknight dinner.

      Check out the recipe here.

      3.) Grape-Rosemary Focaccia

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        Photo: mostlyfoodstuffs.blogspot.com

        Incorporating the perfectly balanced taste of sweet and savory grapes, this focaccia is the perfect snack or appetizer, perfect for any day of the week.

        Check out the recipe here.

        4.) Lighter Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta Salad

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          Photo: bakingwithblondie.blogspot.com

          Pasta salads filled with color and flavor variety provide the perfect means to spice up your food life. While they can often be filling, replacing heavy ingredients with lighter, low GI ingredients like grapes provides the perfect healthy alternative.

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          Check out the recipe here.

          5.) Grilled Antipasto Skewers

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            Photo: www.tallguyandagrill.com

            Skewers are everyone’s party favorite. They’re easy to make, easy to handle, and absolutely delicious. Make it your personal favorite by mixing in a few grapes.

            Check out the recipe here.

            Featured photo credit: wikimedia.org via upload.wikimedia.org

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            How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

            How to Cultivate Continuous Learning to Stay Competitive

            Assuming the public school system didn’t crush your soul, learning is a great activity. It expands your viewpoint. It gives you new knowledge you can use to improve your life. It is important for your personal growth. Even if you discount the worldly benefits, the act of learning can be a source of enjoyment.

            “I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.” — Mark Twain

            But in a busy world, it can often be hard to fit in time to learn anything that isn’t essential. The only things learned are those that need to be. Everything beyond that is considered frivolous. Even those who do appreciate the practice of lifelong learning, can find it difficult to make the effort.

            Here are some tips for installing the habit of continuous learning:

            1. Always Have a Book

            It doesn’t matter if it takes you a year or a week to read a book. Always strive to have a book that you are reading through, and take it with you so you can read it when you have time.

            Just by shaving off a few minutes in-between activities in my day I can read about a book per week. That’s at least fifty each year.

            2. Keep a “To-Learn” List

            We all have to-do lists. These are the tasks we need to accomplish. Try to also have a “to-learn” list. On it you can write ideas for new areas of study.

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            Maybe you would like to take up a new language, learn a skill or read the collective works of Shakespeare. Whatever motivates you, write it down.

            3. Get More Intellectual Friends

            Start spending more time with people who think. Not just people who are smart, but people who actually invest much of their time in learning new skills. Their habits will rub off on you.

            Even better, they will probably share some of their knowledge with you.

            4. Guided Thinking

            Albert Einstein once said,

            “Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.”

            Simply studying the wisdom of others isn’t enough, you have to think through ideas yourself. Spend time journaling, meditating or contemplating over ideas you have learned.

            5. Put it Into Practice

            Skill based learning is useless if it isn’t applied. Reading a book on C++ isn’t the same thing as writing a program. Studying painting isn’t the same as picking up a brush.

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            If your knowledge can be applied, put it into practice.

            In this information age, we’re all exposed to a lot of information, it’s important to re-learn how to learn so as to put the knowledge into practice.

            6. Teach Others

            You learn what you teach. If you have an outlet of communicating ideas to others, you are more likely to solidify that learning.

            Start a blog, mentor someone or even discuss ideas with a friend.

            7. Clean Your Input

            Some forms of learning are easy to digest, but often lack substance.

            I make a point of regularly cleaning out my feed reader for blogs I subscribe to. Great blogs can be a powerful source of new ideas. But every few months, I realize I’m collecting posts from blogs that I am simply skimming.

            Every few months, purify your input to save time and focus on what counts.

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            8. Learn in Groups

            Lifelong learning doesn’t mean condemning yourself to a stack of dusty textbooks. Join organizations that teach skills.

            Workshops and group learning events can make educating yourself a fun, social experience.

            9. Unlearn Assumptions

            You can’t add water to a full cup. I always try to maintain a distance away from any idea. Too many convictions simply mean too few paths for new ideas.

            Actively seek out information that contradicts your worldview.

            Our minds can’t be trusted, but this is what we can do about it to be wiser.

            10. Find Jobs that Encourage Learning

            Pick a career that encourages continual learning. If you are in a job that doesn’t have much intellectual freedom, consider switching to one that does.

            Don’t spend forty hours of your week in a job that doesn’t challenge you.

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            11. Start a Project

            Set out to do something you don’t know how. Forced learning in this way can be fun and challenging.

            If you don’t know anything about computers, try building one. If you consider yourself a horrible artist, try a painting.

            12. Follow Your Intuition

            Lifelong learning is like wandering through the wilderness. You can’t be sure what to expect and there isn’t always an end goal in mind.

            Letting your intuition guide you can make self-education more enjoyable. Most of our lives have been broken down to completely logical decisions, that making choices on a whim has been stamped out.

            13. The Morning Fifteen

            Productive people always wake up early. Use the first fifteen minutes of your morning as a period for education.

            If you find yourself too groggy, you might want to wait a short time. Just don’t put it off later in the day where urgent activities will push it out of the way.

            14. Reap the Rewards

            Learn information you can use. Understanding the basics of programming allows me to handle projects that other people would require outside help. Meeting a situation that makes use of your educational efforts can be a source of pride.

            15. Make Learning a Priority

            Few external forces are going to persuade you to learn. The desire has to come from within. Once you decide you want to make lifelong learning a habit, it is up to you to make it a priority in your life.

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