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Get Ready for Spring with Delicious Grapefruit!

Friday, March 01, 2013

Grapefruit is in season now and except for those who take statin drugs, or some allergy medications, it’s a healthy addition to your diet.

Grapefruit is an excellent source of immunity boosting vitamin C, fiber, lycopene and potassium. It’s grown in pink and red varieties. I love the versatile nature to add a light, sweet flavor-profile to snack, lunch or dinner.

Grapefruit has 96 calories for 1 cup. It fills 120% of daily requirements for vitamin C, 50% of vitamin A, 7% foliate, 50mg of calcium, and 24.5g carbohydrates per serving.

Many people smother grapefruit halves in brown sugar or honey. Try healthier options for the sunny fruit. Section the grapefruit; add shrimp and artichoke hearts to romaine with citrus vinaigrette. Try tossing sections with quinoa, fresh basil, fresh ground Sea Salt, and yellow curry powder for a flavorful side dish. Broil ½ grapefruit with a mix of cinnamon, ½ tsp. butter and a pinch of ground clove. Add a dollop off 0% Greek yogurt blended with cinnamon or vanilla for a light, fresh dessert.

Freshening up winter menus while anticipating springs’ arrival is a healthy way to start peeling of the winter’s pounds. Grapefruit is the perfect venue!
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