We’re not fans of fad diets. Often the first fad diet that comes to mind when people talk about them is the grapefruit diet, where you eat grapefruit at every meal to magically lose weight. We think that is a sure-fire way to make you get really sick of grapefruit! But, we do believe that grapefruit is a wonderful winter fruit that can be a healthy and enjoyable part of your diet!
Half a medium grapefruit has 52 calories, 13 grams of carbs, two grams of fiber, 64 percent of your daily vitamin C and 28 percent of your vitamin A. Its famously sour flavor can be a bit much on its own. While some folks enjoy plain grapefruit, we prefer the taste when it’s incorporated into other dishes. Here are four ways to enjoy grapefruit as part of a low-carb diet!
We are huge fans of wings! They’re not a meal you often make for yourself; you usually only break out chicken wings for a party. But this recipe might have you changing that! The recipe calls for cooking them on the grill, but you can do them in the oven too. The dish’s star is the sauce, and you can use it on other cuts of chicken if you aren’t in the mood to make wings. This slightly spicy grapefruit and beer sauce is sure to be a hit! One serving of wings has 365 calories and four grams of net carbs. Get the recipe.
We know how hard it is to give up soda, but doctors say it’s bad for us. And, doctors say that juice is no better as it is sugar-heavy and lacks fiber. But, if you love soda and juice, this might be your fix. Mixing seltzer and juice with sweetener can give you a delicious drink that can hit the spot and ease your desire for a sweet drink! One tip from our team: you might want to add a little ginger if you want an extra kick. A glass has 81 calories, 4.9 grams of carbs and 0.1 grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Citrus and meat flavors can pair really nicely together; that’s why this recipe shouldn’t come as a surprise, but it’s very different than most meatball recipes we’re used to! They’re pork meatballs packed with leeks and grapefruit, and they are served in a creamy balsamic sauce. But it’s not as complicated as it sounds! A serving has 115 calories, 10 grams of carbs and four grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
Finally, we love adding fruit to a salad. And, we especially love using citrus fruit as it’s a mix of sharp and sweet. We like that this is a no-cook meal and is perfect for busy nights. The mint flavor adds an extra pop of flavor while the avocado adds creaminess, extra fiber and healthy fat. We would suggest adding one thing to this salad: greens. Adding any bed of greens is a good idea. You add an extra vegetable and a way to enjoy more of the dressing! We don’t think any salad is complete without some sort of leaf. A serving has 387 calories, 23 grams of carbs and nine grams of fiber. Get the recipe.
While all of these dishes are delicious, it’s important to note that grapefruit can interact with some medications. Medications that interact with grapefruit should have a note on the label. However, if you are concerned, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor before trying these recipes!