Tasty, fragrant, super energizing. And the grapefruit, fruit ally of those who must lose weight and useful for strengthen defenses from the attack of viruses and bacteria and for counteracting aging. In short, a real natural supplement.
Un grapefruit provides 100% of the recommended daily amount of vitamin C. It also contains a lot Vitamins of group B, in particular, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, precious for the good functioning of the organism. It also has an action remineralizing. "It provides minerals such as calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium" explains the doctor Luisa Rivelli, nutritionist biologist.
These substances they help the body to find the right charge to face the little illnesses of the season.
«Please note:, however, why this fruit is not ideal for everyone. In particular, those who must pay attention they assume drugs: in the gastrointestinal tract the juice selectively inhibits the enzymes responsible for the degradation of the drug, thus increasing the concentration of free drug, which can therefore lead to an increase in toxicity with consequent side effects ", concludes the expert.
How to choose grapefruits
«To bring quality fruit to the table», explains the nutritionist «the grapefruit must be hard e heavy". The skin is thin and smooth, with a beautiful yellow or orange-pink color. I am to avoid instead the fruits with soft consistency, which have the dull peel or are too light: the risk is that they are dry and without juice ».
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Bet on yellow against seasonal ailments
"Yellow grapefruit contains more vitamin C than other varieties," explains the expert. This substance helps to make stronger the immune system and to enhance its response to the attack of viral and bacterial agents. «To benefit from its content the best way to consume it is eat it fresh. From avoid, instead, i juices packaged or fresh, but prepared a long time before being consumed: in these cases the vitamin content is greatly reduced ”, explains the expert.
The cream against colds: cand black and white sautéed with citrus fruits
Ingredients (for 4 people): 400 g of white chickpeas (if dry 280 g), 200 g of dried black chickpeas, 2 tablespoons of corn starch, 2 grapefruits (juice), 2 limes (juice), extra virgin olive oil , salt and pepper.
How to prepare it: if you use dried chickpeas, you must soak them overnight in plenty of water to drain and change before proceeding with cooking. You can soak the chickpeas with 2 strips of kombu seaweed to make them more digestible. Pour some extra virgin olive oil into a large non-stick pan with low sides. As soon as the oil has heated up, add the cooked chickpeas. Add the salt and let them toast. Then, pour the juice of the two citrus fruits and leave the chickpeas to flavor for a few minutes. Sprinkle in 2 tablespoons of corn starch and mix everything together to form a velvety sauce. Serve on the table by adding a few slices of raw grapefruit and lime, with a mixed salad on the bottom and placing the hot chickpeas on top.
Bring it often to the table to stimulate the intestines and to lose weight
Grapefruit is a precious ally of the intestine, which especially during the winter season needs special attention. In fact, a healthy intestinal bacterial flora allows you to remove the risk of getting sick. «Grapefruit is excellent fiber source»Explains the expert. Contains in particular pectin and other soluble fibers, substances capable of nourishing the good bacteria present in the intestines and reduce the harmful bad ones.
Le fibers of which it is rich then make it a fruit saziante. «Combining it, for example with a cereal-based dish such as spelled, helps increase the sense of satiety»Explains the expert. The advice however is prefer it whole (and not squeezed): thanks to the fibers contained in the cuticles it is also a valid help to combat constipation.
The second detox: cbeetroot harp with grapefruit
Ingredients (for 4 people) 1 large raw beetroot, 2 pieces of fresh ginger, 1 grapefruit, oil, salt and black pepper.
How to prepare it: peel the beetroot, after having thoroughly washed it. With a fish knife cut it into 0,5 mm slices. Then, store them in a container with high sides. Grate the ginger. If it's organic, you can also use the peel. Once grated, squeeze the juice directly into the container where you placed the beetroot slices with your hand. Add a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and salt and let it rest in the fridge for about half an hour. Meanwhile, cut the grapefruit into slices, removing the peel and season with salt and extra virgin olive oil. Finally, plate by placing a grapefruit slice on top of each beetroot slice. Before serving, add a little black pepper.
Choose the pink one if you want to fight wrinkles
The pink variety is an elixir of youth. "Vitamin C, vitamin A, lycopene and others substances antioxidants of which it is an excellent source, they help to counteract cellular aging ”, explains Dr. Rivelli. They protect the body from the harmful action of free radicals, molecules that through oxidative mechanisms create damage to organs, tissues and cells.
The anti-aging dessert: soy yogurt kanten with pink grapefruit drawstring
Ingredients (for 4 people): 1 kg of soy yogurt, 200 g of coconut milk, 5 tablespoons of rice / barley malt syrup or cane sugar, 1 grapefruit (juice), 2 tablespoons of corn starch, 2 ripe passion fruits, 5 g of agar agar (seaweed powder that can be bought in organic shops).
How to prepare it: put the soy yogurt, coconut milk and sweetener (4 of the 5 servings) in a saucepan with high sides and bring to a boil. Remove from the stove for 3 minutes, then return to the heat, adding the agar agar. Stir well for the powder to dissolve in the liquid and bring to a boil again. Let it rest for a few minutes. Take some aluminum cups and grease them with a thin layer of sunflower oil. With a ladle fill them with the mixture and put them in the refrigerator for 1 hour. Meanwhile, squeeze the grapefruit juice, take a milk frying pan and heat the juice by adding the cornstarch and sweetener. Turn everything over and cook for 5 minutes. Let it cool down to room temperature. Cut the passion fruit in half. Proceed to serve by removing the kanten from the cup and place it in a large bowl. Pour the grapefruit drawstring over it and add half of the passion fruit as decoration.