Roasted Grapes

A few weeks ago, I was challenged to purchase a new vegetable and a new fruit each time I visit the grocery store. Unfortunately, due to my regional location, some of the more exotic foods I’d like to try are not available. To continue my challenge, I knew I’d have to get creative with the foods I do have available. So, without further ado, I’d like to present the newest creation I’m hoping to try. I found this recipe in the October issue of Better Homes and Gardens magazine (I’m so hip) and thought it sounded pretty interesting.

Roasted GrapesGrapes ClipArt

Ingredients:

  • salt
  • pepper
  • thyme
  • olive oil
  • purple grapes

Simply combine all ingredients and roast at 450 degrees for 10 minutes. This unique way of preparing grapes is great for adding to a salad or even making some sort of fruit-based bruschetta.

I’ve never really found grapes to be that appealing. They are sort of boring and have always seemed better off in wine to me. However, upon further investigation, I’ve found that these little guys have way more to offer than I thought.

According to an article on The Perfect Shape, grapes are great for fighting off heart disease.

Resveratrol, a polyphenol contained by grapes, protects against arterial wall damage. Another interesting nutrient contained by grapes is pterostilbene. Researchers discovered that this compound can reduce cholesterol and triglycerides by affecting enzymes responsible with the regulation of fat level in our blood.

Grapes are also great for staving off cancer.

Bioflavonoids, another nutrient contained by grapes, facilitate the absorption of vitamin C into our bodies and help vitamin C maintain healthy connective tissue in our bodies. They also function as antioxidants, by protecting vitamin C from oxidation and by preventing ruptures in capillaries.

Bioflavonoids provide strength to our cells in the battle with cancerous cells and also help kill cancer cells.

If you aren’t much for worrying about these biggies, what about viruses? Well, grapes can help with those too!

In a study conducted at Erciyes University in Turkey, scientists discovered that grapes have an effective antimicrobial action. The study revealed that this action applies for certain bacteria, like Stoph and the famous E. coli.

Finally, grapes are great for helping the aging process. Nobody can stop this, but by consuming grapes a few times a week, we can all help make the produce a much better end result.

As we have previously discussed, resveratrol is a natural antioxidant that can help reduce heart diseases, the risk of cancer and even brain diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Besides these benefits, resveratrol seems to influence genes controlling the aging process.

According to Harvard Medical School researchers, this substance can restrict calories intake. It activates enzymes that slow aging, thus increasing DNA stability and extending life span by 70%.

I’m not sure how roasted grapes will taste, but I just may learn to love them if they provide all of these benefits!

Since I’ve been a terrible blogger and haven’t posted a yoga pose of the week for quite some time now, allow me to take this time to redeem myself.

Yoga Pose of the Week (courtesy of Yoga Basics) : ARDHA SARVANGASANA Yoga Basics Pose

1. Lying on your back with the arms along side the body with the palms down, bend the knees and kick and rock the legs up and back, bringing the bent knees to the forehead and placing the hands under the hips.

2. Cupping the hips like you are holding a big bowl of fruit, begin to lift the legs up, straightening them over your head. Support the weight of the body with the arms and the shoulders, having very little or no weight in the head and neck.

3. Find a position where you can balance the legs over the head and relax the leg muscles, using as little effort as possible to be still.

4. Breathe and hold 4-10 breaths.

5. To release: bend the knees back to the head, and carefully and slowly roll the spine back onto the floor.Breathe and hold for 2-4 breaths.

Benefits

Benefits: Half Shoulder Stand improves the circulation of blood and lymph, stimulates the thyroid and activates the immune system.

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