Benefits of broiled grapefruit + recipe
So I’ve got a confession. (I know, I know…I confessed a lot in my last post, too!) Here it goes:
I may have the biggest sweet tooth on the planet.
So much, in fact, that my family often jokes about my “two stomachs”: one, smaller stomach for good, healthy food…and a MUCH larger one for sweets! Anyone out there feel me on this?! I know I not the only one!
That’s why I got so excited when I happened upon this better-for-you dessert, and had to try IMMEDIATELY. (Of course, it helped that I already had a grapefruit on hand for my meal prep this week!)
When should you eat this?
Depending on your goals, this is a treat that’s best consumed in your earlier meals in the day. For me, personally, I eat quite frequently, typically 5-6 meals each day. My first four meals (usually before 5pm) consist of a protein, veggie, fruit, and starch, but I try to keep my last two meals to just a protein and veggie (otherwise, when consumed in the later meals of the day, natural sugars from fruits and starches store as fat because we aren’t as active in the evening and at night while we sleep).
I also make sure I get in a few servings of good fats throughout the day (speaking of good fats—make sure to get in a good fat before bedtime, too, to aid in recovery and sleep…not to mention crazy-shiny hair, skin, and nails!).
So this is awesome fruit+protein combo is a treat I would try to get in earlier, rather than later, so my body can use it as fuel throughout my day (plus that sugar could keep you up at night, and I’m all about catching those zzzzzz’s!). (Again, this is all depending on your goals and your body type. I’m recommending this as a general rule.)
When should you eat this?
In the health world, the grapefruit has an ah-mayzing reputation, and is frequently recommended by professionals to consume in a healthy nutritional program to help aid in weight loss. Grapefruit like other citrus fruits, is packed with vitamin C and powerful antioxidants. This tart treat is also high in fiber, and low in calories.
The recipe below may be knocked a bit for having added brown sugar, but this is optional. If you’re like me, you can double the cinnamon, which has benefits of its own… not to mention is crazy delicious on just about anything! It’s one of the healthiest spices to cook with. Cinnamon, like the grapefruit, contain powerful antioxidants, which help your body protect itself from oxidative stress, and also act as an anti-inflammatory, which may help lower the risk of disease, including heart disease, and infection. (Here are some more ways to help ward off stress, too!)
If you top it off with a little plain Greek yogurt, you’re also adding some protein and calcium to this nutrient-dense treat!
Now that you know the benefits of this delicious dish, without any further ado, let’s get to the recipe! Keep in mind that this recipe is flexible, so if you want lower the brown sugar and up the cinnamon, go for it!
1 large grapefruit, halved
1 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Optional: 1 cup Greek yogurt
Preheat oven to Broil on High
Slice grapefruit in half, and place on pan. (TIP: If the halves don’t sit flat on pan, slice a little off the bottom so they will.)
In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and cinnamon. Spoon the mixture onto the grapefruit halves.
Spoon mixture evenly on top of the two grapefruit halves.
Place in oven (near a top rack to be closer to the broiler flames) and cook for 5-7 minutes. The grapefruits will be slightly puffy and the brown sugar and cinnamon will have caramelized. (SO GOOD.)
Top each half with Greek yogurt (if desired!), and ENJOY!
Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 5-7 min
Total time: about 10-15 minutes
Calories: about 100
I sure hope you love this treat as much as I do! I’d love to hear what you think about this one! Bon apetit!