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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

Mixed Greens with Grapes & Feta
    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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            Last Updated on September 16, 2019

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

            You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

            We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

            The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

            Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

            1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

            Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

            For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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            • (1) Research
            • (2) Deciding the topic
            • (3) Creating the outline
            • (4) Drafting the content
            • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
            • (6) Revision
            • (7) etc.

            Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

            2. Change Your Environment

            Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

            One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

            3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

            Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

            Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

            My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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            Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

            4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

            If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

            Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

            I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

            5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

            I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

            Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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            As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

            6. Get a Buddy

            Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

            I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

            7. Tell Others About Your Goals

            This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

            For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

            8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

            What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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            9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

            If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

            Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

            10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

            Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

            Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

            11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

            At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

            Reality check:

            I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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