January's Super Food- Grapefruit

For the month of January, let's focus on Grapefruit:

  • Grapefruit is grown from a subtropical citrus tree and is known for it’s sour to semi-sweet flavor. The flesh is segmented and acidic, varying in color to include white, pink and red pulps. Generally the redder the color, the more sweet the fruit will be.
  • Grapefruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and the pink/red flesh colored fruits contain lycopene. Some studies have shown that grapefruit consumption can help to lower cholesterol. Grapefruit does unfortunately interact with quite a few medications, and it is recommended that you check with your healthcare provider prior to increasing your consumption of grapefruit if you take medications daily.
  • Nutritionally, 1 medium grape fruit contains about 82 calories, 3 grams of fiber, 21 grams of carbohydrate, 356 mg of potassium and 88 mg of vitamin C. It is also a great source of Vitamin A.

Recipes

Grapefruit Salad

Ingredients

Vinaigrette

  • Juice of ½ a large grapefruitGrapefruit salad image
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. dijon mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil

Salad

  • 2 Tbsp. sliced almonds, toasted
  • ½ red onion, sliced thin
  • 10 cups mixed baby greens
  • 2 ½ grapefruits, segmented

Directions

  1. Place the vinegar and mustard in your salad bowl, then slowly whisk in the oil.
  2. Add salad ingredients to the bowl and toss to combine. Serve immediately.

Broiled Grapefruit Crisp

Ingredients

    • 1 large grapefruit, cut in halfGrapefruit crisp
    • ¼ cup old-fashioned oats
    • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
    • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
    • Dash of salt
    • 2 tsp. butter

    Directions

    1. Preheat the oven’s broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source.
    2. Remove all visible seeds from the grapefruit and loosen sections from membrane with a shape knife. Place grapefruit halves cut side up in a baking dish.
    3. Stir the oats, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt together in a small bow. Add butter and mash with a fork to incorporate oat mixture into the butter. Spread about half of the butter mixture over the top of each grapefruit half.
    4. Cook under the broiler until the topping is golden brown, about 10 minutes.