GRAPEFRUIT WITH PISTACHIOS


This is proof-positive that healthy desserts do truly exist! The healing grapefruit and stevia make for a dessert you could eat every night. Pistachios add a healthy and filling fat part to this treat, along with some good crunch. Easy to make for a week’s worth of snacks or desserts.

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.

Allergens and substitutions: To avoid pistachios substitute almonds or pine nuts.

 

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 and store well in your refrigerator. Simply pack this snack or dessert into four containers and evenly split everything between them.

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.

 

Use a spice or coffee grinder to lightly pulse the pistachios into smaller pieces. It makes it easier to eat and digest later. You can also use a skillet as a hammer with the pistachios on a cutting board. Or a use a metal mixing bowl to apply pressure while rolling it over the nuts. The ideal tool for this job is a nut chopper, but few people, except for my mother own one.

Chop one of the grapefruits in half along the “equator”. Microwave this half for about 15-20 seconds or until warm. Let it cool for a few minutes if it is too hot to the touch. Juice this half of the grapefruit into a small bowl or cup. Mix liquid stevia, to your taste, (2-5 droppers) in with the juice. Stir to merge.

Place the other half of the grapefruit with the cut side down on the cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut away the thick skin and white pith, just leaving the fruit. Unfortunately, grapefruit does not peel, by hand, and as easily as an orange nor a tangerine. It requires a ninja-like sword knife to chop off this fruit’s protective layer. Peel the other whole grapefruit, as well.

Cut the fruit into thin slices with the sharp knife. Divide all the fruit evenly into four containers. Pour the juice and stevia mixture evenly over the four containers. Top with an even distribution of the pistachios and enjoy! These keep well in the refrigerator for days.

 

GRAPEFRUIT WITH PISTACHIOS
 
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This is proof-positive that healthy desserts do truly exist! The healing grapefruit and stevia make for a dessert you could eat every night. Pistachios add a healthy and filling fat component to this treat, along with some good crunch. Easy to make for a week’s worth of snacks or desserts.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 13oz
Ingredients
  • Grapefruit 2X
  • Liquid Stevia, to taste
  • Pisatchios, unsalted, 4 tbsp (1/4 cup)
Instructions
  1. Lightly grind or chop the pistachios in a coffee grinder or nut chopper. Set aside.
  2. Cut one grapefruit in half. Microwave one of the halves for 15-20 sec. Juice this half into a small bowl.
  3. Add liquid stevia, to taste, to the juice. Mix to combine.
  4. Cut the skin and white pith off the 1½ grapefruits.
  5. Slice the fruit into thin slices. Divide evenly between 4 containers.
  6. Cover the 4 containers evenly with the juice and stevia.
  7. Then top evenly with the pistachios.

 

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