Freshen Up Winter's Menu With Delicious Grapefruit

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 its versatile nature to add a light, sweet flavor profile to a snack, lunch or dinner.

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Grapefruit has 96 calories for 1 cup.  It fills 120 percent of daily requirements for vitamin C, 50 percent of vitamin A, 7 percent folate, 50 milligrams of calcium and 24.5 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Many people smother grapefruit halves in brown sugar or honey. Try more healthful 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 teaspoon butter and a pinch of ground clove.
  • Add a dollop off 0 percent Greek yogurt blended with cinnamon or vanilla for a light, fresh dessert.
  • Freshening up winter menus while anticipating spring's arrival is a healthy way to start peeling off the winter’s pounds. Grapefruit is the perfect venue!

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