Grapefruit is more than a beloved breakfast staple; it’s a genuine superfood! These tangy citrus fruits are in season from winter through early spring, and offer plenty of tart juice with just a hint of sweetness. There are lots of varieties of grapefruit; seeded, seedless, red, pink – even white!
Eating just one half of a standard grapefruit (approximately 120 grams) will provide an impressive 64% of your daily value of calcium. Red and pink grapefruit also offer the antioxidant lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient with cancer-fighting properties. Grapefruit has also been proven to reduce blood levels of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Juice it, pickle it, bake with it – or enjoy this low-calorie treat all on its own!
- Grapefruit (1/2 fruit)
- Calories: 52
- Fat: 0.2 (0%)
- Cholesterol: 0
- Potassium: 166 g (4%)
- Total Carbohydrates: 13 g (4%)
- Protein: 1 g (2%)
- Vitamin A: 28%
- Vitamin C: 64%
- Calcium: 2%
- Magnesium: 2%
- Iron: 0%
How to cook with grapefruit
Though often enjoyed alone, grapefruit is a versatile fruit that complements many types of dishes. Consider using grapefruit juice or peel in the place of other citrus fruits – like oranges or lemons – in your cooking or baking.
Try a few of these recipes:
Broiled Grapefruit with Cinnamon Sugar
- 1 large Ruby Red grapefruit
- 2 tablespoons cinnamon sugar
- Heat oven to broil.
- Slice fruit in half. Sprinkle each half with cinnamon sugar and place halves in an oven-safe dish, sugar side up.
- Broil for 15 minutes or until caramelized. Enjoy warm!
Avocado and Grapefruit Salad
- 1 pink grapefruit
- 1 avocado, sliced
- 2 cups arugula (or green of choice)
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon maple syrup
- Segment grapefruit over bowl, reserving juice.
- Combine ¼ cup juice with sesame oil, olive oil, and maple syrup; season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Dress greens and top with grapefruit segments and sliced avocado.
Grapefruit and Cabbage Slaw
- 1 large pink grapefruit, segmented and juice reserved
- 1/2 Napa cabbage, shredded
- ¼ cup sliced scallions
- ¼ cup chopped pecans, toasted
- 2 tablespoons plain low-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- Combine grapefruit juice, yogurt, and olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix grapefruit segments, shredded cabbage, scallions, and pecans.
- Dress slaw and serve with pan-roasted salmon or stir-fry.