SWEET GRAPEFRUIT CUPS


The powerful healing properties of grapefruit, stevia and gelatin harmonize to create a guilt-free dessert cup. This is a grown up version of the Jell-O® treats most of us grew up eating. But they’re also safe and enjoyable for kids, too. These are easy to make and store well for days in a refrigerator and can greatly improve your insulin resistance.

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.

 

Gelatin is the flavorless, translucent food ingredient made from the collagen of animals. It is what makes your Jell-O® jiggle and your gummy bears wiggle, but also has healing properties, when made from cows raised on their natural diet, grass. Nutrient dense collagen helps make for stronger bones, full-bodied hair and superior skin health. Gelatin’s healing properties can repair the digestive tract and lessen the pains of arthritis.

 

PUTTING IT ALTOGETHER

Follow the instructions below to make this simple and healing dessert. The handful of ingredients make for easy work. If you enjoy these sweet and bitter cups, consider making a double batch. When stored in the refrigerator, covered, they will last for a few weeks.

It’s good practice to pull out the pot and utensils you need before cooking. Likewise, pulling out the ingredients you need to measure or chop beforehand will 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.

Substitutions: If you can find real local honey, that can be used in place of the stevia. Unfortunately, most mass-produced, store-bought honey is not real honey at all. Or it has been so heavily processed that the good healing parts are long gone. Search for real locally made honey on LocalHarvest.org.

 

Citrus fruits are best stored in the refrigerator for maximum life. However, a cold citrus fruit does not produce as much juice as a warm fruit. Place your grapefruit in the microwave, by itself, for about 30-45 seconds. The time will vary by the size of the fruit and the power of your microwave. Your goal is to get a fruit that is warm, but not hot to the touch. If it is too hot, let it sit for several minutes until cool enough to handle. Use caution since an overly hot fruit will squirt hot juice on you! Use a fine mesh strainer to separate the flesh from the juice.

Mix the gelatin and cold filtered water together in a medium-sized sauce pan. After that quick mix, place the sauce pan on the stove over medium-low heat. Continue mixing for a few minutes, then add the grapefruit juice and sweetener. Stevia does not do well with heat, so add it just before taking the pan off the stove.

Once all the ingredients are fully dissolved and the liquid mixture looks even, ladle the gelatin mixture into small cups or ramekins. If you are short on small cups, just use a square baking dish and cut it after it sets. Place the cups in the refrigerator and let sit for at least 6 hours or until set.

 

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The powerful healing properties of grapefruit, stevia and gelatin harmonize to create a guilt-free dessert cup. This is a grown up version of the Jell-O® treats most of us grew up eating. But they’re also safe and enjoyable for kids, too. These are easy to make and store well for days in a refrigerator and can greatly improve your insulin resistance.
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Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Serves: 21 oz
Ingredients
  • Grapefruit, juice of 1X
  • Filtered Water 2 cups
  • Liquid Stevia 3-5 droppers OR Honey, Local, 1 tbsp
  • Gelatin, 1 tbsp powdered OR 1 packet
Instructions
  1. Microwave your grapefruit for 30-45 seconds. Once cool, juice the entire fruit. Set aside.
  2. Mix filtered water and gelatin in a sauce pan until partially dissolved.
  3. Place pan on medium-low heat stirring to dissolve the gelatin. ~4 min
  4. Mix the grapefruit juice and optional honey into the pan. Continue to stir for another 4 min.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat. Add the stevia (if not using honey) to the pan and mix.
  6. Carefully pour the hot mixture into ramekins, coffee mugs or a square baking dish.
  7. Refrigerate until set. ~6 hours

 

Photo by Fotolia and Matt Reinbold.

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