One of my favorite things about Texas? Huge, juicy, ruby-red grapefruits. No other state comes close to growing grapefruits as well as we do. So much so that I know to bring a bag full of them to my parent’s every Christmas in Missouri.
I have never understood the need for sugar on grapefruits. I grew up just eating their juicy goodness straight up. But over the years, I have found a handful of delicious sweet and savory ways to enjoy them beyond more than a snack.
With a little over 100 calories per fruit, grapefruits are filled with carbohydrates in the form of sugars and pack a significant amount of vitamins A and C, potassium, and folate. Their red and pink hues come from lycopene, and they are also full of polyphenols, giving them a high antioxidant capacity.
With over 100% DV of vitamin C, grapefruits are a terrific winter germ fighter. Although vitamin C has not been proven to keep away colds and germs, it certainly helps to support the immune system and antioxidant activity during those contaminated months.
As a lycopene-rich food, grapefruits also are a heart healthy food, working to prevent heart disease by lowering LDL cholesterol.
Grapefruits are also at the top of the list of hydrating foods, due to their high water content. Along with being a good source of insoluble fiber, this makes the citrus gem a terrific food for maintaining digestive health.
Enjoy a grapefruit straight up, or enjoy it in one of these unique recipes this winter: