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02.27.09
 

 
It's GRAPEFRUIT MONTH, people!!! You've probably heard that studies show adding grapefruit and grapefruit juice to your diet could result in weight loss. Grapefruit's also full of vitamin C, fiber, folate, and other good stuff. Need more reasons to chew (and sip) it? Check out our AWESOME new recipes, tips, and tricks!   
Ginormous Sweet-tart Fruit Salad

PER SERVING (1 1/3 cups): 100 calories, 0.5g fat, 71mg sodium, 23.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 17g sugars, 1.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 1*

A ginormous thank you to our pal Debbie for inspiring this super-sized fruit salad!





Ingredients:

1 2/3 cups peeled and diced cucumber
1 cup chopped red grapefruit segments (if packaged, packed in juice and drained)
3/4 cup diced strawberries
3/4 cup blueberries
3 tbsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
1 tbsp. finely chopped fresh mint
2 tsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. granulated sugar

Directions:
In a small dish, combine orange juice, mint, vinegar, and sugar. Stir until blended. Set aside.

Place all other ingredients in a wide container. Pour orange juice mixture over the contents of the container, and stir gently to coat.

Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour (overnight is best). Stir gently just before serving. Enjoy!!!

MAKES 3 SERVINGS 
Cool 'n Creamy Fruit Soup

PER SERVING (1 cup): 115 calories, <0.5g fat, 57mg sodium, 19g carbs, 1g fiber, 13.5g sugars, 8.5g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3*

It's like a smoothie you eat with a spoon! And, um, don't let the "fruit soup" thing scare you...

Ingredients:
3/4 cup red grapefruit segments (if packaged, packed in juice and drained)
5 strawberries
2/3 cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt (Fage 0% is the best!)
1/3 cup light vanilla soymilk
3 tbsp. Splenda No Calorie Sweetener (granulated)
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:
In a blender, combine all ingredients except for the yogurt. Puree until smooth.

Add yogurt and blend on low speed until just mixed.

Refrigerate until chilled, or until you are ready to serve. Pour into bowls and enjoy!

MAKES 2 SERVINGS
More Ways to Enjoy the Big Round Citrus...

* If peeling fresh grapefruit stresses you out (oy, the squirting!), buy the segments packaged in juice.

* Throw a few segments onto a green salad. The juice will be like a dressing!

* Is grapefruit juice too bitter (and too high in calories) for you to sip straight? Mix it up! Add some pink grapefruit juice to diet lemon-lime soda. You'll have a light fruity beverage in a lovely shade of pink!

* Sprinkle half a grapefruit with a bit of sweetener, broil it, and eat it for dessert (or breakfast... whatever!).

* If you're 21+, make grapefruit-flavored cocktails! Start with a light grapefruit drink (like SoBe Lean Cranberry Grapefruit, Ocean Spray Light Ruby Grapefruit, or Crystal Light Sunrise Ruby Red Grapefruit) or a diet grapefruit soda (like the one by Hansen's). Then add a shot of vodka or rum. Yum!
  HG Heads Up! Grapefruit juice can affect the potency of several kinds of medication, increasing the strength of the drug up to 4 times and raising the risk of side effects and accidental overdose. So if you're on any medication, ask your doctor about that, and be careful!
CHEW ON THIS:
This weekend marks the end of National Grapefruit Month (a.k.a. February), but our latest recipes and ideas may have you craving grapefruit all year long. So don't limit your chewing of g-fruit to February, silly!
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  *The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.