Clean Slate Challenge: The Case for Grapefruit
In celebration of our newest book, "Clean Slate: A Cookbook and Guide" (Clarkson Potter, 2014), the editors at Martha Stewart Living invited some of our contributors to take the three-day #CleanSlateChallenge! The mission? To eat nothing but whole foods. "Clean Slate" underscores the beneficial impact of whole foods, refreshing fruit and vegetable juices, satisfying snacks, and healthy desserts (yes, even desserts). Can we do it? We’ll be blogging about our progress. Stay tuned ... and join us!
The Clean Slate Challenge starts the day with a grapefruit strawberry ginger smoothie. Chock full of vitamin C, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties, this smoothie is a win as a breakfast choice! I could go on for days about ginger. And strawberries take up some serious real estate in my fridge. But I want to talk about grapefruit. So let's talk.
Grapefruit has been a secret weapon of the health and detox world for decades. The Grapefruit Diet (a.k.a. the Hollywood Diet) has been a popular and standard go-to for weight loss since the 1930's. High in vitamin C, lycopene (a powerful antioxidant), and limonoids (which may help you fight diseases), it is a powerful health booster. It is said to lower blood sugar and cholesterol while creating an alkaline environment in our bodies -- one that we need to combat toxicities and ward off sickness.
But most importantly, grapefruit is invigorating, enlightening, brightening, sweet, bitter, and a fantastic breakfast choice that is both light and fiber rich. Try a grapefruit smoothie to start your day or, for a satisfying desert, try a grapefruit with some raw coconut kefir, a drizzle of agave, a sprinkle of dried coconut and some chia seeds!
Here are a few other delicious grapefruit recipes to try: