“So far I’ve always kept my diet secret but now I might as well tell everyone what it is. Lots of grapefruit throughout the day and plenty of virile young men at night.”  ~Angie Dickinson

Hmmm, maybe she’s got something there. We know this for sure: Grapefruits are more than just a juicy face. Sure we know they’re nutritious but who knew there were so many ways to use our fave tangy fruit to our advantage? Yep, any way you slice it, a grapefruit’s sparkling citrus brightness just screams sunshine. And we are so down with that.

HELPFUL GRAPEFRUIT FACTS AND DELICIOUS RECIPES

Some facts about Grapefruit that can change your life for good: 

It’s Low Cal: Half a grapefruit is only 60 calories and filled with tons of vitamins and minerals.

It Works Hard: Grapefruit can help lower “bad” LDL cholesterol by a whopping 15.5%.

It’s Waistline Friendly: Eating half a grapefruit with each meal can help shed up to 10 lbs (OMG).

It’s Got Bulk: Keep your dishes lean and nutritious with a fruit filled with vitamins and minerals like fibre and you’ll feel fuller longer.

It’s Anti-Aging: The vitamin C found in grapefruit can help produce collagen and help keep wrinkles away.

It’s a Smooth Operator: Fresh grapefruit juice is a great ingredient for making a body scrub that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

It’s So Juicy: Grapefruit is 75% juice. One medium-sized globe will give you 2/3 cup of juice. Drink it solo or mix it into a delicious cocktail like the one below.

It Pairs Oh So Well: Try this Panzanella Salad and report back!

Sunkist® Grapefruit Panzanella Salad (serves 6-8)

Sunkist® Grapefruit IPA TwistThis is an excellent refreshing salad to serve as a starter or alongside grilled steak or roasted chicken.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

Toasted Bread

4 cups 1-inch-cubed rustic French or Italian-style bread

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

3 tablespoons grated high-quality Parmesan cheese

Salad and Dressing

1 Sunkist® grapefruit

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion

1 large tomato, diced

1 large fresh mozzarella ball, diced

2 cups gourmet greens or arugula, washed (optional)

1/4 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Preheat oven to 475 degrees F.

To make the toasted bread: In a large bowl, toss the bread with olive oil, garlic and Parmesan cheese. Spread on a baking sheet and roast in the preheated oven for about 6 to 8 minutes or until lightly crisped and golden. Let cool.

To serve the salad: Cut the top and bottom off grapefruit, then with a small paring knife, cut the peel and white pith off the sides of the grapefruit. Slice the grapefruit and then dice. Set aside.

Right before serving: Whisk together the mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper in a very large bowl. Then add the grapefruit, veggies, cheese, greens, basil and (cooled) toasted bread. Toss together to coat ingredients well. Serve immediately.

Brazen Twist:

  •  Top salad with diced avocado
  •  Substitute the Sunkist® grapefruit for a Sunkist pummelo (see how to open a pummelo)
  • Try with baby spinach instead of arugula

Sunkist® Grapefruit IPA Twist For One (That’s you!)

Sunkist® Grapefruit IPA TwistTip: Tear the mint sprigs before shaking to release the herb’s essential oils and flavour.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

2 ounces (1/4 cup) freshly squeezed Sunkist® grapefruit juice

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) simple syrup*

1 ounce (2 tablespoons) light rum

2 sprigs fresh mint

3 ounces (about 1/3 cup) IPA beer

Garnish: grapefruit slice and mint spring

WHAT YOU’LL DO:

Measure the grapefruit juice, simple syrup and rum into a cocktail shaker. Tear the mint sprigs and drop in. Fill with ice, cap and shake. Pour cocktail into a tall glass. Add IPA and stir. Garnish with grapefruit and mint.

*To make Simple Syrup: Combine 1 cup boiling water with 1 cup sugar. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved. Cool and store refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

Brazen Twist:

  • If you’re a whisky lover and favour a bolder drink, try replacing the rum for bourbon
  • Substitute hard apple cider for beer
  • For a pretty garnish, sprinkle the mint sprig lightly with powdered sugar

Visit Sunkist.ca for more information and recipes you’ll love.

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