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Grapefruit – Why Is It Good For Kids and How To Get Them To Eat It

Grapefruit – Why Is It Good For Kids and How To Get Them To Eat It

My girls love fruit but I can’t get them to eat grapefruit for the life of me as it’s a bit too bitter and tangy. So I came up with a few quick tricks to get this fruit into their bellies. Now you might be asking, what’s so great about this particular fruit anyway and why focus on it so much?

Benefits of Eating Grapefruit

  • Grapefruit is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C.
  • The combination of fiber, potassium, lycopene, Vitamin C and Choline in grapefruit help maintain a healthy heart.
  • Grapefruit is made of 91% water, helps to keep you hydrated.
  • Helps fight the flu!
  • The biggest benefit of grapefruit in children is due to diabetes. In today’s society, childhood obesity is almost at an epidemic level. One of the possible side effects of obesity is a big one–diabetes. Children who are overweight or obese are at large risk for developing diabetes. Since grapefruit pectin helps to control blood glucose, it can be an important part of their daily diet.

Source: Produceforkids.com PittmanandDavis.com

And why is it called grapefruit?

“A relatively recent addition to the citrus family of fruit, the grapefruit was first spotted on the island of Barbados in 1750. A cross between a pommel and a Jamaican sweet orange, it was named for the way it grew in clusters like grapes.” — Pittmananddavis.com Who knew, right?

So now that you know why this fruit is so great for us to eat and where the name comes from, check out a super easy way to get the littles ones to enjoy it as well.

Grapefruit Cara Cara Juice

The weather is finally starting to get warm and I’ve started experimenting with freshly squeezed juices lately. It was in all honesty a test to try and see if my girls would actually drink something with grapefruit in it and let me tell you, even I was surprised they loved this grapefruit concoction. Plus it’s the easiest recipe ever!

 

Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Cara Cara Juice

Freshly Squeezed Pink Grapefruit Cara Cara Juice

Ingredients

  • 2 Pink grapefruits cut in fourths
  • 6 Large Cara Cara Oranges cut in fourths
  • 2 c ice
  • 1 c water

Instructions

  1. Squeeze juice out of grapefruit and oranges into a bowl. We have a juicer but it's time-consuming washing all the parts afterwards. I think our juicer might just be too old as we can't throw it into the dishwasher so I prefer to just use a lemon squeezer.
  2. In a large carafe, add water, ice and juice. Shake well and serve.
  3. Extras: I like adding fresh mint leaves to ours but if your kiddos don't like mint no need to add. Also, be sure to strain pulp out completely if you're kiddo doesn't care for it. And if your kiddos like their juice on the sweeter side just add the cup of water to a saucepan along with a tsp or two of organic sugar. Warm up a few minutes (do not boil) and poor into carafe followed by ice and juice.
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The sweetness of the Cara Cara Juice itself makes this recipe less tart and tastier! We buy the large bags at Costco which are a great deal.

We’ve also got a new delicious grapefruit ice cream recipe! Tune in later to get the full scoop.

And side note: if y0u’re looking for a refreshing summer adult beverage this one is great paired with vodka. Just sayin’ 😉

Abrazos (Hugs) — Gladys

 

    6 COMMENTS

  • Maria April 24, 2018 Reply

    Trying this for Noah and with vodka fooooo me! Ha! Thanks for the recipe! Cant wait to try hear about the nieve!

  • Nicole April 28, 2018 Reply

    Well, the adult beverage sounds absolutely wonderful! I’ll take one now please

  • Debbie Savage April 30, 2018 Reply

    Getting fruits into your kids diet can definitely be tough. This is such a great way to get grapefruit in!

  • Jenny April 30, 2018 Reply

    We have a grapefruit tree in our yard so we eat and juice tons of them over here. I love knowing they came straight from our back yard too!!

    • themotheroverload May 6, 2018 Reply

      Ok-I’m coming over to visit! 😉 So rad that you have you’re very own grapefruit tree.

  • Sheree May 3, 2018 Reply

    This is really making me happy, not just because of the colors but also because grapefruit has a lot of health benefits! Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe!

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