Florida Grapefruit Granita

(NC)—With less exposure to the sun and natural light, we often feel tired and in need of an energy boost during the winter months. Fight off winter weather woes with the fresh taste of 100 per cent pure grapefruit juice.

One eight ounce glass of pure Florida grapefruit juice supplies your body with 100 per cent of the daily requirement for vitamin C, a nutrient which the body cannot manufacture on its own and therefore must be consumed through the diet. This wonder vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that supports your immune system and also helps the body absorb non-heme iron, which we need to maintain healthy red blood cells. Grapefruit juice also provides magnesium which promotes normal blood pressure and thiamin which helps convert food into energy – a great combo to maintain a healthy body this winter.

“All of the key elements to help win the battle against fatigue during our cold Canadian winters can be found in a glass of 100 per cent pure Florida grapefruit juice,” says Lydia Knorr, MHSc., registered dietitian with the Florida Department of Citrus. “With its nutrient-rich benefits and delicious taste, revving up your mornings with one serving (250 mL) of pure Florida grapefruit juice makes sense.”

For a refreshing twist on a traditional classic, try the Florida Grapefruit Granita.

Florida Grapefruit Granita

Ingredients

• 2 cups Florida pink grapefruit juice
• 1/4 cup sugar
• 4 mint leaves
• 4 fresh Florida pink grapefruit slices

Directions

In saucepan, combine grapefruit juice and sugar. Bruise mint leaves between fingers and add to saucepan. Bring mixture to just boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Remove from heat, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Remove mint leaves.

Pour grapefruit mixture into ice cube trays; freeze. Before serving, place a single layer of frozen cubes in food processor fitted with steel blade. Pulse 12 times or until no large chunks of ice remain. Spoon into stemmed glasses. Garnish with grapefruit slice. Serve immediately.

Discover more about Florida grapefruit juice at www.floridacitrus.ca.

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