Years ago when I was in Junior High School, I took a required Home Ec class. One of the few things I still remember from that class was broiled or baked grapefruit. Back in the 1960’s it was a hot treat for a hostess to serve.
In my twenties, I moved to Florida and quickly discovered I loved fresh grapefruit. I bought a grapefruit knife and cut and ate countless grapefruits. I’ve eaten all kinds, but my favorite grapefruit is Ruby Reds. Grapefruit has many health benefits. Many research studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like grapefruit decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and overall lower weight. Harvard Medical School states that grapefruit has a glycemic index of 25, suggesting that it does not significantly affect blood sugar and insulin levels
According to the FDA, the downside of grapefruit is its effect on medications you take. If you are on medication, discuss its interactions with grapefruit with your pharmacist or physician. See the FDA’s guide for grapefruit and medication interaction.
Grapefruit served fresh is wonderful but I remembered my Home Ec class. The basic recipe I learned back in the ’60’s was sugar sprinkled on the grapefruit and a quick time under the broiler in the oven. Top it with a maraschino cherry in the middle. Today I prefer maple syrup, honey, or agave nectar instead of sugar. Honey is a healthy, natural sweetener and provides many health benefits. Agave nectar is another natural sweetener but much lower on the glycemic scale than maple syrup or honey. Agave nectar is the sap of the blue agave plant. This natural raw food is 25 percent sweeter than sugar yet has a low glycemic index range of 27 to 39, whereas sugar rates about 65. Substituting agave for sugar helps reduce overall caloric content in addition to consumption of refined sugar and doesn’t spike my sugar blood level.
The recipe below serves 1 with a whole grapefruit. Multiply by the number of people if this is the only breakfast dish. If you are serving it as part of a breakfast or brunch, 1/2 grapefruit is appropriate. Sometimes I add a dash of cinnamon before broiling. It’s perfect way to start the day and a wonderful addition to a brunch.
Use organic when available. Serves 1
You can adjust the basic recipe to fit your taste. Too tart? Add a dab more honey. Love the tart? Cut back or eliminate the honey. Love baked bananas – add a few banana slices, etc.
- 1 grapefruit
- 2 tsp honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar
- Optional garnish: cinnamon sprinkles, banana slices, a strawberry, a blueberry, or a cherry
- Preheat oven at 375 F
- Using a grapefruit or paring knife, cut the grapefruit in half
- Then cut around the grapefruit sections separating fruit from rind
- Section grapefruit with the thin grapefruit knife cutting between sections but leave fruit in the rind
- Spread 1 teaspoon of honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar over the top of each half of grapefruit
- Top with banana slices, a strawberry in the center, a fresh cherry, or a blueberry. (optional)
- Sprinkle cinnamon on top (optional)
- Bake in oven for 10-12 minutes until grapefruit is slightly brown
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