Healing Foods

Grapefruit

Tap into this tart winter fruit for its myriad disease-fighting properties
grapefruit

Although it may be best known for its low-calorie role in weight loss, the grapefruit contains a generous dose of health-promoting nutrients. Because it is rich in vitamin C, this winter citrus may help prevent colds and improve lung function. Lycopene, the pigment that accounts for grapefruit’s pink color, has been linked to a reduced risk for prostate cancer and cardiovascular disease. High levels of folate in grapefruit may also help ward off cardiovascular disease. Another of grapefruit’s assets is potassium, which, besides preventing muscle cramps and maintaining blood pressure, plays a vital role in heart, kidney, and digestive functions.

Choose It & Use It
Look for smooth-skinned, round fruit that feels heavy for its size. To supreme a grapefruit (cut away the white pith and bitter membrane that surround the pulp), trim both ends of the fruit down to the flesh. Stand fruit upright; remove peel and pith with a serrated knife, following curve of fruit from top to bottom. Hold fruit over a bowl, and cut sections along membranes as if slicing out wedges, releasing fleshy “supremes.”

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Grapefruit Salad with Warm Shallot Vinaigrette

Grapefruit Salad with Warm Shallot Vinaigrette

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Jazz up this simple salad by using baby greens and sprouts in place of mixed salad greens.

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Red Quinoa with Beets, Avocado, and Pistachios

Red Quinoa with Beets, Avocado, and Pistachios

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Before he started cooking at Napa, California’s celebrated Ubuntu restaurant, chef Jeremy Fox had never used quinoa; now it’s one of his favorite grains. At the restaurant, this recipe is carefully plated to turn it into an edible work of art, but home cooks can make the same, flavorful dish

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Warm Avocado Halves with Pink Grapefruit and Endive

Warm Avocado Halves with Pink Grapefruit and Endive

There’s no need to dress up this dish for a pretty presentation—the pale green of the avocado halves along with the deep pink of grapefruit segments make this a feast for your eyes without any extra trimmings. Try the recipe with smooth-skinned Fuerte avocados, which have a firmer,

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