Good-for-you Grapefruit

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By Julia Sayers

Happy New Year, everyone! Each new year is a fresh start, so I like to establish fresh eating habits. However, with the cold weather and limited supplies of good produce, it’s easy to get caught up in eating heavy meals, creamy soups, and warm, comforting desserts. Lucky for us though, one of the healthiest fruits is in season in winter: grapefruit. Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, which can help ward off those winter sniffles! In fact, just half a grapefruit provides more than 60% of your daily value of vitamin C. Pink and red grapefruits also contain lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain types of cancers. Who wouldn’t want that?!

imageThe only problem is people tend to either love grapefruit or hate grapefruit. I didn’t always like grapefruit, and I still haven’t been fully convinced to eat it plain. So when I heard we were doing a collection of grapefruit recipes for our market feature story, I was a little skeptical about how they would turn out. But man, did our test kitchen do a great job!

imageThe tartness of the grapefruit was balanced out by the other ingredients in the dishes. The flavors brought out the wonderful taste of the grapefruit, but without the added pucker. My favorite recipes from the feature were the Chicken with Grapefruit-Tarragon Sauce, Grapefruit Tart (made with creamy yogurt), and the Grapefruit Mojito. I can’t wait to incorporate them into my fresh eating plan for this year. You can get a few of the recipes here or pick up a copy of our January/February ’14 issue for the whole story!

Julia Sayers grew up with a love and appreciation for good food, instilled in her by her Italian family. She learned to cook from family recipes, passed down from her mother and grandmother. As she grew older, she decided to pursue a career in journalism to express her passion for food through writing. After working for newspapers, a travel magazine, a cookbook publisher, and even as a dolphin photographer in the Florida Keys, Julia came on board with Cooking with Paula Deen as the Associate Editor. She loves that she gets to work with food everyday, whether it be writing about it, tasting delicious goodies in the test kitchen, or overseeing photoshoots.
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