Super Easy Breakfast: Baked Grapefruit
Grapefruits have such a bad rap. It certainly tastes bitter. I’ve never heard anyone ever claim grapefruit as their favorite fruit. Nor have I really seen many desserts or dishes that use grapefruit in it. I think besides “grapefruit juice” the only use of grapefruit I’ve ever seen was in ONE restaurant in Los Angeles where they had it in a salad. And to top it off – it has gotten linked to “dieting” and “weightloss”. So probably a lot of negative connotations in most people’s minds.
But today I’m going to try to give some reasons why you should include grapefruit in your everyday healthy diet:
- It’s a great source of Vitamin C which helps support the immune system.
- It is low in calories yet rich in the fiber pectin which helps reduce constipation and diarrhea.
- Grapefruit pectin is also indicated to lower cholesterol. Researchers in Israel recently found that red and white grapefruit contain powerful antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease.
- The red and pink variety of grapefruits are rich in lycopene which appears to have an anti-tumor effect as suggested by the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
- Grapefruit is also a source of Naringenin. Researchers at UCLA and Zhongshan University in China discovered that Naringenin helped repair damaged genetic material (DNA) in human prostate cancer cells.
- And the ever popular – it does help reduce weight. Study shows that people who eat grapefruits have a lower level of insulin in their blood, causing their bodies to be able use food for energy rather than storing it as fat.
One thing to keep in mind about grapefruits: Unlike other fruits, they contain a large amount of Naringin which could interact with medications – reducing or increasing the dosage.
So now that you’re all pumped up to eat a grapefruit.. here is one of my favorite grapefruit recipes. I have this often for breakfast. Easy.. Delicious.. and Healthy.
Shared at: Wellness Weekend
Makes: 2 servings (4 halves)
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Ready in: 20 minutes
- 2 grapefruits (because I can’t share one)
- About 4 tablespoon of honey (or sweetener of your choice like Maple Syrup. The amount used varies based on sweet tooth and size of grapefruit.)
- About 1 teaspoon cinnamon (varies based on size of grapefruit)
2. Cut along the skin and sections to loosen the flesh.
3. Drizzle one tablespoon of honey on top of each half. Make sure you get the center too! Sprinkle some cinnamon.
4. Bake for 15 minutes. The edges should be starting to brown. Scoop out the flesh with a spoon and enjoy!