Tip, Trick & a Recipe: Grapefruit

Grapefruits come from a subtropical, and surprisingly evergreen, citrus tree. Grapefruits are famous for their pink exteriors, red flesh, tartness on our taste buds, and low-calorie count.

This member of the citrus family is another fruit proud to exhibit high levels of vitamin C. It also contains the important fiber pectin that plays a role in helping to lower cholesterol.

Even the color of grapefruit plays a role in protecting our health. Those sunset-inspired pink and red grapefruits are famous for the antioxidant lycopene which can help protect skin from UV rays and even fight cancer! Lycopene has a stronger presence in the red varieties of grapefruit.

Grapefruit season starts in September and lasts through December. When choosing the right grapefruit while you’re grocery shopping, look for these signs: bright color, firmness, absence of wrinkles, heavy for their size, and they’ll have a slightly sweet scent to them.

Here’s Today’s TRICK:

Grapefruits are great in marmalades. That’s another perk to having high levels of pectin in the fruit. The pectin allows it to set and thicken faster.

Here’s a TIP:

Grapefruit is a surprisingly tasty addition to fresh green or fruit salads! They add that sweet and sour tang that compliments most other produce pairings!

And your RECIPE:

Grapefruit Chicken Salad

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Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups grapefruit segments cut into bite- sized pieces
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast no skin
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup red onion chopped fine
  • 1/4 cup reduced-calorie mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup low-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley

Instructions
 

  • Very easy! Just combine all the ingredients, mix thoroughly, and throw on top of a bed of mixed baby salad greens!
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