I hate all of that new year : new me, nonsense with a passion. For the entire month of January, chatty noobs flood my yoga class and make me feel guilty for indulging in a cookie. I applaud you all who stick to your guns and make real changes, but do I have to hear about it while I am trying to enjoy a quiet moment of savasana before class starts? Good for you, take care of your body, preferably all year round. Let’s move on.
While everyone and their Bichon Frise is on some wacky beetroot, kale and ginger vinegar juice cleanse, I’m over here like, “Grapefruits are healthy, right?” There is simply no way I could get to mid-day without having some kind of sustenance in my tummy. If I drank only juice in the morning, my fellow yogis would hear only the thunderous roar of my tummy chakra. I need something to bite into. A solely liquid breakfast would just make me go on a hangry bender and I’d end up breaking down and scarfing grimace proportions of powdered Hostess donettes in the 7-Eleven parking lot.
Thankfully, I’ve come up with an alternative. This recipe for Broiled Grapefruit with Brown Sugar and Sea Salt isn’t a weight loss miracle that will transform you into a sculpted, french cut leotard and leg warmer clad 80’s aerobicizer, but it is a nice kickstart to a busy day that won’t make you feel like you just ate your weight in animal byproducts.
Bonus, grapefruit is actually good for you; it packs a high vitamin C punch, helps boost your immune system with antioxidants, and apparently can even assist in triggering your metabolism. Whew!
In this recipe, simple grapefruit gets special treatment when it’s topped with brown sugar and broiled in the oven. If you are seriously counting calories, you can always omit the brown sugar and broil the grapefruit alone, but I like a little something to cut that tart, citrusy zest. I suggest you drink your coffee like a grown up, black, and save the sugar to sprinkle on your grapefruit. Finally, I sprinkle a few Maldon sea salt flakes after broiling. The salt really rounds out the tang of the fruit and the sweetness of the sugar, making for a well balanced breakfast (in my opinion).
Welcome to my kitchen, 2015. Looking forward to healthy eats and, of course, indulgent treats.
- ripe grapefruit - 1
- brown sugar - 2 teaspoons
- sea salt flakes - 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon
- Turn oven onto broil setting or as hot as your oven will go on a bake setting.
- Slice the grapefruit in half, across its equator. Using a sharp paring knife, carefully cut around the outside edge of the grapefruit halves (slicing about halfway down) to loosen the segments slightly.
- Place the grapefruit halves, cut side up on a lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each half with about 1 teaspoon of brown sugar.
- Place the baking sheet on an upper shelf in the oven and broil the grapefruit for 4-6 minutes, rotating halfway through. The sugar should be completely melted and start to caramelize slightly. Keep an eye on the grapefruits as they will start to burn quickly, a little charring is nice but you don't want a blackened grapefruit.
- Once you're removed the grapefruits from the oven and they have cooled slightly, sprinkle with desired amount of sea salt flakes. Serve warm and preferably with a serrated grapefruit spoon.