Broiled Grapefruit & Hazelnuts
Do you like desserts? Uh, duh. Do you like healthy desserts? Uh.....maybe? Well friends, this quick, sweet and healthy treat is my answer to the raging sweet tooth I on occasion battle. You too? I know it's a struggle. I've been replacing fruits and natural sweets in place of more traditional (read: processed and full of refined sugars) treats for awhile now, and while sometimes nothing can truly replace a glorious donut or chocolate bar, the addition of these natural sweet snacks has actually lessened my sugar cravings. It also makes anything with refined sugar in it taste wayyyyyy too sweet for me thus helping me avoid them in the first place!
Grapefruit is one of those love/hate fruits. Some people really dislike the tart sometimes bitter qualities (that bitter taste is caused by the grapefruit's active compound naringen-more on this below). If this is you, you're in luck! Broiling grapefruits reduces that bitterness and really enhances the sweet factor while upping the juiciness. If you are on the fence with grapefruit go try this recipe now. Go. Try it. Tell me if it converts you to a grapefruit lover!!
Grapefruit, like all citrus fruits, are packed with Vitamin C, great for enhancing immunity. Grapefruit also boasts a winning combination of fibre, lycopene, potassium and choline making them an amazing choice for heart health and blood pressure regulation.
All health benefits aside, this dessert/snack/breakfast recipe is simple, tasty and a great alternative to traditional sugar filled snacks.
Note: Grapefruit contains naringen. Naringen while giving grapefruit it's bitter quality, is also a very powerful phytochemical. It can interact with certain prescription medications as it has the ability to both speed up and inhibit absorption in the body. This is because naringen effects the liver's detox pathways. So word to the wise- if you're on prescription meds, double check the interactions to see if it includes grapefruit!
BROILED GRAPEFRUIT & HAZELNUT RECIPE (serves 1-2)
Prep time: 5 min Cook time: 5-7 min
1 large, firm grapefruit
2 tbsp honey (or liquid sweetener of choice)
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp turmeric powder
1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
2 tbsp coconut yogurt
Slice grapefruit in half and with a serrated knife; gently saw around the edge of the flesh and the rind so the flesh is essentially detached from the rind.
Sprinkle grapefruit halves with cinnamon, turmeric and 1 tbsp of honey
Place on top rack under broiler for about 5 minutes or until tops look caramelized
Once done remove from oven, drizzle with remaining honey
Serve with coconut yogurt drizzled on top and sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts