Because grapefruit is rich in vitamin C, which helps prevent illness and infection, it is an important fruit to add to a child’s diet. Although grapefruit can have a bitter or tangy taste, which is often offensive to children, there are ways that you can incorporate the fruit into your child’s diet. Kids and fun go together like peanut butter and jelly. Instead of offering your child grapefruit slices, be creative and make mealtime more exciting to encourage them to eat new foods. In addition to making mealtime fun, allow your children to help in the kitchen. Children are more likely to willingly eat a new food if they have helped prepare it. With an apron, clean hands and simple kitchen utensils, your child will find cooking to be fun and rewarding.
Simple Things First: Dressed Up Grapefruit
For the vast majority of children, everything is more enjoyable when sugar is involved. Slice the grapefruit in half and cut into each section, gently pulling away from the peel. Older children can help with this. Sprinkle powdered sugar over the top of the grapefruit to sweeten it.
Breakfast: Grapefruit Skewers
Using skewers, rotate grapefruit with varying other fruits, such as bananas, grapes, honeydew chunks, pineapple and strawberries. French toast, waffle or pancake cubes can also be placed on the skewers between the fruit for additional nutrition.
A Cool Treat: Grapefruit Sherbet
Make grapefruit sherbet by halving 2 grapefruits, squeezing their juice into a cup (approximately 2 cups) and freezing the shells. In a saucepan, bring 1-1/4 cups of water and 1/2 cup of sugar to a boil for 10 minutes. Add grapefruit juice and pour into a pan. Freeze the mixture until partially frozen. Mix 2 egg whites into the mixture and pour back into the frozen grapefruit shells. Freeze completely.
A Nice Mixture: Grapefruit Salad
For the child that enjoys salad, this is for you! Cut grapefruit into segments, removing each slice and placing to the side. Hollow out the grapefruit shell. Add fresh salad greens to the grapefruit shell and gently toss in additional salad toppings, such as avocado, turkey, chicken, strawberries and candied pecans. Toss the reserved grapefruit into the salad and dress with a citrus balsamic dressing.
Get Grilling: A Nice Touch for Seafood
Grapefruit pairs well with a variety of seafood types. In a saucepan, make a mixture of grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, garlic and scallions. Soy sauce and ginger can be added for Asian cuisine. Use the sauce as a marinade or as a seasoning that is brushed onto the seafood or fish while grilling.
Salsa and/or Dip: The Grapefruit Way
Many parents have noticed that their children will eat anything if a dip is involved. In a mixing bowl, combine cut up grapefruit sections, diced mango, diced avocado, lime juice, grapefruit juice, olive oil and fresh cilantro. Serve with pita chips or tortilla chips. This mixture also pairs well as a topping for chicken, fish or pork chops.