Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Having My Way with Ruby Red Grapefruit

Grapefruit: the quintessential diet food. It's the bane of all dieters who forced down grapefruits day after day, thinking its magical powers would melt the fat off their bodies. It's gotten a bad rap, really, because people tend to associate grapefruits with deprivation. Even my mother used to force herself to go on the "grapefruit and egg" diet in her youth, trying to drop the pounds.

But let me tell you what is great about grapefruits, and why you should read this post and give this sadly maligned fruit another chance, even if you think you don't like it. Grapefruits are citrus fruits, very high in vitamin C; one grapefruit provides 156% of the RDA of C. It also contains 6 to 8 grams of fiber and significant amounts of vitamins A, B5, folate, and potassium, all for about 80 calories. This amazing fruit has been shown to contain nutrients that help repair our DNA and also can lower cholesterol. If you choose a pink or red grapefruit, you are also getting a healthy dose of lycopene, a carotenoid that fights free radicals and may help prevent cancer. For more health benefits of grapefruits, read this article.

Let me start by saying I really dislike regular (white) grapefruits. They taste bitter and too sour to me. But give me a nice pink one or better yet, a Ruby Red grapefruit, and I am in heaven! They're so sweet and juicy and refreshing.

For most of my life, I ate grapefruits by slicing them in half and digging out the sections with a grapefruit spoon. That's fine, but tedious, and you can get squirted in the eye. I recently found a new way to prep my grapefruits, thanks to the fabulous *Bitch Cakes* (thanks Sheryl, I love your blog!) I *hate* eating membranes of citrus but I never thought to prep them this way. You have to try it!

First, cut the ends off the grapefruit.


Then slice off the peel and outer membrane. This is way easy!


When you're done, you have a ball, like this:


Trim off any bits of white membrane on the outside so it is nice and pretty:


Then just slice the segments out, leaving the membranes behind! Do this over a bowl.


When you've cut all the segments out, squeeze the remaining membranes over the bowl to get all the yummy juices. Discard the membrane. Pick out any seeds in the bowl. And you get:


Beautiful, membrane-and-seed-free, sweet juicy grapefruit! Easy and delicious. I then drizzle a half teaspoon of honey over the segments and stir to dissolve it because I really love the flavor of honey with grapefruit. But it is sweet enough on its own. If you get one that isn't quite sweet enough for you, try a tiny drizzle of honey. Just a bit takes the edge off the tartness and brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit.

One of my favorite breakfasts is Ruby Red grapefruit with a piece of whole wheat peanut butter toast (I use 1 T peanut butter on warm toast). I think the flavors of the peanut butter and toast really go well with grapefruit! Give it a try!

22 comments:

Andra said...

OMG! I just dissected a giant ruby red and slurped it up with reckless abandon and then noticed your post. I love them, definitely one of my favorite "diet" foods. ;) A low glycemic sweet treat that's high in fiber, too.

Ex Yo-Yo Dieter Debbie said...

I'm a grapefruit weirdo. I'll peel it like an orange and eat it. The membrane is not a big deal to me, I just peel that off too, the best I can.

Leslie said...

I'm a grapefruit gal from way back. My parents had a grapefruit grove in Florida when we first moved there when I was 4 - I've loved them since. I cut them the same way you showed, including squeezing the juice from the remaining membrane clump over the fruit in the bowl. YUM!

Weighting Around said...

Great pictures. I want a grapefruit right NOW!

Dutch said...

I miss grapefruit so much. I wish I could have it but my high blood pressure medicine says I can't. It looks delicious.

sweetandfit said...

hi there, love your blog but i know i don't comment very often - I just have one little comment though, I was wondering if you stilll get the fiber fruit the fruit even if you don't eat the membranes. For some reason that is where I assume most of the fiber came from.

Jack Sh*t, Gettin' Fit said...

Sorry but a grapefruit squirted me in the eyeball one time and I never quite got over it. Never again....

Kyle Gershman said...

Great culinary technique. They call it "supreme" I think...those French think of everything.

TheLosingAmerican said...

I love this post because those are two things that I love!!! Peanut Butter and Red Grapefruit, YUS!!!!

Benita said...

Interesting - your breakfast is a lot like mine except I eat my membranes and I eat hummus on toast instead of PB. For some reason, I don't like warm PB.

Good breakfast and it holds me until lunch just fine.

screwdestiny said...

I love Ruby Red grapefruit, too. But I don't mind the membranes, so I just either slice it in half or peel it and eat it like an orange.

Lyn said...

sweetandfit~

great question! According to the USDA, approximately half of the fiber in a serving of fresh grapefruit comes from the membranes. So yes, you do lose half the fiber by not eating them. So a grapefruit prepared the way I have pictured and eaten without the membranes would provide 3-4 grams of fiber.

http://www.ars.usda.gov/research/publications/publications.htm?seq_no_115=136808

Lin said...

I never thought I liked grapefruit till a few months ago. Once I started eating them, first sprinkled with splenda, I loved them. Now I just peel and eat like an orange, also. I only buy the pink or red.

Khris said...

I just peal my grapefruit like an orange and cut it into segments less as much of the white stuff. Seems like a lot of wasted fruit doing it that way....but GO GRAPEFRUIT!!!
Khris

Amy said...

mmmmmmmmmmm..... looks just juicy and delish!!! :)

Em said...

If you want to get fancy with your terminology, this method of prepping citrus fruits is called "frenching." You can also peel grapefruits with your fingers, like oranges. Mmm, grapefruits.

spunkysuzi said...

Oh i love grapefruits and i'm really missing it because i'm on blood thinners i'm supposed to stay away from grapefruits!! However, the first week i'm off of them i'm heading to the store :)

beerab said...

oh wow thanks for letting me know- I hate grapefruit cuz of that but I'm willing to try again!

emmabovary said...

I love grapefruit, too! It's quite good broiled with a bit of brown sugar on the top as well.

Anonymous said...

so glad your writing about grapefruit and other fruit. i tend to forget how great these natural foods are.

keep up the GREAT AND AWESOME work in your journey, lyn! you're awesome! :) to me, you are doing so fabulous.

*Bitch Cakes* said...

Hey Lyn! So glad you're incorporating the grapefruit. Ruby Reds are awesome! Enjoy them now while they're in season :) I have to stock up today. I'm all out!

Hanlie said...

I love pink and Ruby grapefruit and eat lots of them when they're in season. I even squeeze one into a liter of water sometimes, just to jazz up my water.

The membranes contain potent cancer-preventing phytonutrients.