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We know organic citrus fruits contain essential nutrients and minerals. So when we integrate more into our daily diets, we’re able to add important fiber to help us feel full without adding a lot of calories. What could one additional grapefruit serving do for your body?

Health Benefits of Organic Grapefruit

Grapefruit often gets high marks for its wide array of health benefits. Beyond the high fiber and daily dose of vitamin C, it provides essential potassium and lycopene. Low in calories and high in bioflavonoids, this citrus fruit can help protect your body from disease, boost your immunity as well as promote healthy skin.

Learn more from Organic Facts about grapefruit as an appetite suppressant, an immune system regulator, a digestion aid and more.

As part of this winter’s Citrus Challenge, we’ve come up with a few practical ways you can add grapefruit to your diet.

Adding Organic Grapefruit to Meals

Grapefruit is said to help regulate hunger signals and avoid overeating. Since we’re all trying to get to (or maintain) a healthy weight, adding grapefruit into your plan will help! Here are a few suggestions to add grapefruit into your daily meal planning:

  1. Eat a whole grapefruit or juice one and drink it before the rest of your breakfast.
  2. Use grapefruit essential oil and mix it into your daily water consumption. You could also add a drop into each of your ice cube trays as you freeze them.*
  3. Drink a glass of 100% grapefruit juice.
  4. Peel grapefruit sections and add the fruit to a yogurt parfait.
  5. Dice grapefruit and add it to a fruit smoothie.
  6. Mix grapefruit sections into a fruit bowl.
  7. Instead of traditional berries, substitute grapefruit into your green salad.
  8. Top broiled or baked fish with grapefruit for a zing of flavor.
  9. Slice a grapefruit in half, top with a sprinkle of brown sugar and broil for a healthier dessert.
  10. Carefully stir grapefruit into vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt.
    *(Note: Do your own research before using essentials oils, and talk with your health care provider.)

Kid-Friendly Ways to Use Grapefruit

Parents often ask for ideas to help their kids eat more fruits and veggies. You are your kids’ biggest influence — if they see you eating grapefruit, they’ll likely ask for some too!

Grapefruit is in season right now, and extra juicy and sweet. It’s the perfect time to peel them and add them to your winter diet.

One hurdle for kids can be the pith and interior section skin of citrus. Take the time to peel the fruit away from the section skin and your kids will likely gobble it down. For school lunches — Kids don’t want to take the time to peel a piece of fruit when they’re itching to get outside for recess. Convenience is key. Peeling grapefruit away from the sections and sending the fruit in a zip-top bag will help make your kids more likely to eat it.

Celebrate National Grapefruit Month with the Citrus Challenge

Let’s keep each other accountable with our health goals this season. During National Grapefruit Month in February, we’re challenging you to add 1-2 citrus servings to your daily diet. We’ll be doing the same right along with you, offering practical tips, recipes, and good ‘ole fashioned encouragement along the way.

We’re starting the month out right with an amazing Grapefruit Guacamole recipe—right in time for Super Bowl snacking, too!

To make it even more fun, we want to see your citrus! For this Citrus Challenge, post a photo or a comment, including your delicious daily citrus to our Facebook or Instagram pages. We’d love to see your creative ideas for adding citrus into your winter diet.

You can also share this challenge with your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers and see who posts most consistently. Have fun enjoying your vitamin C!

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