Now I’m sure you've all heard about the grapefruit diet and some of you have even tried it.
You know that I’m not a big fan of fad diets and all this crap people try to tell you to get rich on your health.
However, this rumor about grapefruit helping you to burn fat is actually true so I suggest you incorporate it into your diet.
Grapefruit is high in enzymes that burn fats, has high water content and has less sodium. A combination of these three characteristics makes grapefruit a perfect food for increasing your body's metabolism
Half a grapefruit a day – that’s all you need in order to get the benefits that help to burn fat.
Beside that it has all the other benefits that any other kind of whole food has, like protection against cancer, reduced risk of diabetes, being high in vitamin and minerals and low in calories.
Whole food is good for us and I’m sure you know because you know…you’re not stupid.
· I like adding grapefruit to my salad to mix things out but let’s look at a few more fancy recipes.
Grapefruit Yogurt Cake:
· 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
· 3/4 cup stevia
· Zest of 1 1/2 pink grapefruits
· 3 large eggs
· 1 1/2 cups oat flour (make it yourself in the blender)
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
· 1/3 cup grapeseed oil
· 1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
· 2 Tbsp stevia
· 1/3 cup stevia
· 2-3 T freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
· Preheat the oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Set pan aside.
· In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Set aside.
· In a small bowl, add the grapefruit zest to the stevia. Rub together with your fingers until fragrant. In a large bowl, mix together the yogurt, stevia, and zest with large spoon or spatula. Whisk in the eggs-you can do all three at once. Mix until smooth and then add in the vanilla and stir again.
· Add the flour mixture to the wet ingredients. Mix just until flour is incorporated.
· Add the oil and mix well. It might take a minute to get the oil mixed in, but it will.
· Pour the batter into your prepared cake pan. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until your cake tester comes out clean and the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
· Cool on a cooling rack for about 15 minutes and then remove from the pan. While the cake is cooling make the syrup and glaze.
· For the syrup, in a small sauce pan add the grapefruit juice and stevia. Whisk over medium heat until the stevia dissolves.
· For the glaze, in a medium bowl, whisk together the stevia and grapefruit juice. If it is too thick, add more juice, if it is too runny, add more stevia.
· Poke little holes into the cake with a toothpick. Spoon the grapefruit syrup over the cake and let it soak in. Let the cake cool to room temperature and then add the glaze. Drizzle over the top of the cake.
Grapefruit Chocolate mousse:
· 300 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
· 300 gm dark chocolate (55% cocoa solids), finely chopped
· 9 eggs, separated
· ¼ cup stevia
· 1 grapefruit + zests
· Melt chocolate in a bowl using the “2 bowls method” (1 bowl filled with hot water and inside of it another bowl with the chocolate)
· Cool slightly, then stir in egg yolks. Whisk egg whites with hand mixer until soft peaks form (1-2 minutes), then gradually add stevia until incorporated.
· Fold a large spoonful of egg white into chocolate mixture to loosen slightly, then fold in remaining egg white in batches.
· Add the half of the grapefruit zests.
· Spoon into a serving bowl or individual glasses, smooth top and refrigerate to set (at least 2 hours).
· Slice grapefruit and put 1 slice on top for garnish.
Shrimps grapefruit salad:
· 1 bag shrimps
· 1 grapefruit slice
· 1 tsp black pepper
· 2 cups arugula
· In a sauce pan sauté shrimps.
· add the grapefruit
· add black pepper
· serve on a layer of arugula
And that’s it! Go check my IG account for more recipes like “grapefruit olive oil cake” - @danagatfit
Research and writing by Dana Gat ©2014