BROILED GRAPEFRUIT


Delicious can simple. Grapefruit is a powerful healing food for diabetics. Some quick knife work and a broiler make for an easy after-meal treat. Citrus fruits are always tastier when warm and a few drops of stevia balance out the tart with sweet.

Caution: Grapefruit can adversely interact with some prescription medications. Avoid this recipe if you are taking any of the medications listed in this article. You can substitute blood oranges for the grapefruit.

 

HEALING BENEFITS

Grapefruit has been proven to give “significantly greater weight loss” in people suffering from metabolic syndrome. If there was a fruit designed specifically for the needs of diabetics, it would be the grapefruit. This bitter-sweet flavor profile rarely makes it in any mass-produced foods, but can be used to make drinks, teas, desserts or dressings. The outer peel of the grapefruit also has beneficial healing properties and works to regulate the digestive energy of the spleen and pancreas. To consume the properties of the peel, make a simple tea with a few 2-inch pieces and steep for 20 minutes covered.

 

Stevia is native to South America but is being cultivated around the world.  It is a natural plant that happens to be quite sweet.  Stevia has no calories, when used in a pure extract form, does not cause dental problems, like sugar, and has been shown to reduce post postprandial blood sugar spikes.  A study done by a panel of medical doctors at the University of Florida found that those participants in the stevia group consumed much less food than compared to those in the sugar group.  They also found that the stevia group had much lower postprandial blood sugar levels than the sugar group did.  Amazon and some grocery stores have the pure liquid stevia extract.  Avoid Stevia In The Raw® at all costs – it has dextrose in it.  Dextrose is a sugar (easy to spot since it ends in -ose) derived from corn, one of the top six inflammatory foods.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

Follow the instructions below to make this simple and healing dessert. The few ingredients make for easy work. This dessert also doubles as a mid-afternoon snack. These are best served hot, so you need to be around at least a toaster oven to pull this off.

It’s good practice to pull out the ingredients you need before cooking to simplify your cooking. The French call this practice mise en place which translates to “putting in place”. It is practiced in restaurants and taught to chefs in culinary school.

 

Preheat your oven on the broil setting. Move a rack up to one of the top two places. Cut the grapefruit(s) in half. There’s a top and bottom to this round fruit. If the naval is the north pole, you want to half this at the equator. It’s not the end of the world if you cut from pole to pole, but it does not eat as clean as cutting around the equator.

Once halved, take a small paring knife and work it around between the fruit and the white pith. You do not need to dig all the way down to the bottom, just aim for half or 2/3rd’s of the way down. This quick step makes eating the hot fruit much easier. Place in the broiler for 3-5 minutes or until they look like the picture below.

Remove the grapefruits once broiled and place in a small bowl. Top with some liquid stevia drops to your taste (start with 1 dropper). Enjoy!

 

BROILED GRAPEFRUIT
 
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Simple can be quite delicious. Grapefruit is a powerful healing food for diabetics. Some quick knife work and a broiler make for an easy after-meal treat. Citrus fruits are always tastier when warm and a few drops of stevia balance out the tart with sweet.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4.5 oz
Ingredients
  • Grapefruit, halved, 1X
  • Liquid Stevia, to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to broil. Set an oven rack on one of the top two locations.
  2. Half the grapefruit along the "equator".
  3. Using a small pairing knife, work around the fruit to free the flesh from the white pith.
  4. Place fruit halves on a muffin pan or cookie sheet. Broil for 3-5 minutes.
  5. Top with liquid stevia to taste. Eat promptly.

 

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