High in vitamin C, low calorie, high fiber and . . . it tastes yummy! It’s grapefruit season, especially here in Arizona. Neighbors love sharing the fresh grapefruit picked right from their own backyards. It’s so fresh and delicious!
Another great reason to talk about grapefruit today is in honor of National Grapefruit Month! This sweet tangy fruit has many health benefits and comes in a variety of colors including red, pink, and white. For the most nutritional bang for your buck go for the red ones; they are highest in antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals.
Enjoy Grapefruit Juice!
I love to slice a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some cinnamon, nutmeg, or all spice on it with a dash of stevia and lightly broil it in the oven. Instead of your morning glass of OJ, enjoy a glass of grapefruit juice. Fresh squeezed grapefruit juice is a great way to start your day!
Not only has grapefruit been touted as a helpful food for losing weight but MyPyramid.gov reports that eating more grapefruit can reduce the risks of serious diseases such as cancer, especially cancer of the stomach, mouth or colon. YAY! And here’s more great news: According to FruitsandVeggiesMoreMatters.org, grapefruit can reduce risks of coronary heart disease as well as stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Grapefruit are in season right now, so the time is right to grab a few to enjoy. You might want to try adding some grapefruit sections for a tangy twist to your salads on a high carb day, or if you’re really adventurous you can toss in some diced grapefruit with cilantro and chili peppers to make a unique salsa.
Word to the wise, if you take prescription medications, especially statin drugs, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before eating grapefruit. There is the potential for some undesirable, potentially life threatening, interactions with certain medications.
On a happier note, have you avoided grapefruit because it took forever just to cut them up? Did you know there’s a special two-sided serrated knife and serrated spoons to help make eating grapefruit easier? Check them out here!
So, with a glass of fresh squeezed, red grapefruit juice in my hand, I say Cheers and Enjoy!
Studies have shown that spicy food may help heat up your metabolism. Although it is inconclusive the actual lasting results chili and other hot foods have on the metabolism, it is shown that eating spicy foods can make you feel fuller and at least temporarily increases your metabolism. The Capsasin in your hot peppers such as chilies and jalapeños can heat up your metabolism through what is called thermogenesis. Adding spicy peppers to a dish can give great flavor without the added sodium. So let’s add some spice to your life with this delicious recipe.
This recipe serves four and is great to make enough for the whole family for dinner or leftovers to pack up for a quick lunch the next day. It is also a fantastic smell to come home to at the end of the day.
Spicy Pulled Chicken
Peppers may help boost your metabolism! Combine them along with tomatoes and more in this Spicy Pulled Chicken recipe to spice up mealtime!
Note: Spicy Pulled Chicken can be served in corn tortillas for your high carb days or over lettuce to make a delicious salad on your low carb days to make this a Powell approved meal.
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup salsa
2 teaspoons Olive Oil (or use butter spray)
1 medium onion, diced
1 Jalapeño pepper diced (Add more if you like it hot! Less if you like it mild.)
2 red, yellow or orange peppers, diced
2 tomatoes, diced
1-2 tablespoons Plain Greek Yogurt
Dash of chili powder
8 corn tortillas (High Carb Meal) or chopped lettuce (For a Low Carb Meal)
Cook the chicken breast and salsa (my favorite is Jack’s Salsa because it is low in sugars, sodium and carbs) on low in the crockpot for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours. (You can stick it in before you run out the door in the morning you can even stick frozen chicken in all day) when you get back it will be deliciously cooked and should fall apart easily.
Sauté the onions, Jalapeños, and peppers in the olive oil or just butter spray on high carb days until cooked through.
Low Carb Day: Serve chicken and sautéed veggies over lettuce. Top with tomatoes. Mix greek yogurt with the dash of chili powder and serve 1-2 teaspoons on top of each serving to offset some of the heat.
High Carb Day: Add chicken and sautéed veggies to a corn tortilla. Top with tomatoes. Mix greek yogurt with the dash of chili powder and serve 1-2 teaspoons on top of each tortilla to offset some of the heat.