April 20, 2018

Healthy food for two: Grapefruit snack in the middle of winter? Yes!

By Ania Robertson

From the Ayurvedic point of view, the sour and bitter flavors of grapefruit stimulate the flow of bile making it easier to flush out of the gall bladder. Eating grapefruit is a preventive measure against collecting stagnant and thickening bile that tends to collect in the gall bladder and form problematic sludge and stones.

By mid-winter, in February, our Vermont body is cooled off, causing poor circulation and blood stagnation. The removal of stagnant bile from the liver directly lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Therefore, we need a refreshing kick-starter snack to boost our metabolism.

Grapefruit improves fat metabolism, lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood, reduces insulin levels, and increases thyroid activity. So, if you take thyroid medication, please check with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet. Also, people who use anti-depressants, take blood pressure or cholesterol medications must be cautious about grapefruit. Otherwise, just enjoy this simple snack sweetened by raw honey.

Raw honey is the only safe sweetener for those who tend to experience congestion and stalling digestion, and are overweight. Like grapefruit, honey increases fat metabolism. Ginger stimulates energy, igniting the digestive power. Honey and ginger together heat the blood. You may notice how the two ingredients transfer sensation to the frontal lobe of the brain, the cerebral cortex, awakening the mind’s ability to concentrate and analyze. Ginger also stimulates the heart. Cardamom is considered an excellent digestive aid, especially beneficial in reducing bloating and intestinal gas.

Grapefruit, Raw Honey, Ginger and Cardamom

1 grapefruit

1 – 2 pinches cardamom, use as much as is suitable for your taste.

2 pinches dried ginger

2 teaspoons raw honey

Peel grapefruit, and slice in flat circles.

Mix ginger and cardamom with honey into a spicy paste.

Drizzle over the sliced grapefruit.

Ania Robertson is a certified life coach with additional certification in Ayurveda and Feng Shui.

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