1. Cayenne pepper:

Contains the ultimate fat-fat burning compound – capsaicin. Try chili power, paprika or jalapeño peppers; which also contain capsaicin.

2. Cinnamon:

This thermogenic spice is linked with curbing cravings, controlling blood sugar levels and burning fat.

3. Curry powder:

The turmeric found in curry powder is a well-known fat-burner. It will keep you sweating as well as burning calories.

4. Spinach:

Magnesium and B vitamins are extremely important for all body functions – metabolism included. Spinach provides both nutrients.

5. Nuts:

Walnuts and almonds are full of fat-burning omega-3’s.

6. Grapefruit:

A compound found in grapefruit (naringenin) is being linked with fat loss.

7. Berries:

A handful of fibrous berries helps keep your metabolism going by providing the necessary sugars to curb cravings, with fever calories.

8. Zucchini:

This vegetable is fibrous and water packed, meaning its fills you up and is easy to digest.

9. Yogurt:

Combines carbs and protein. Perfect for snacking, warding off hunger and building muscle.

10. Edamame:

The isoflavones found in edamame (a.k.a. soybeans) are linked to less belly fat. Edamame is a great alternative to fried appetizers.

Grapefruit is by far my favorite of all fruits and having lived in Texas for 10+ years, I can tell you that there is no other place in America that can grow such a citrus fruit like the Rio Grande Valley. On frequent trips to south Texas, my mom and I would always look forward to making our usual pit-stop at one of the local fruit stands to pick up a 20lb bag of the Texas sweet treats – for about a buck. Now living in Maryland where citrus is scarce, I am having a hard time finding good varieties of my juicy bliss. It seems as though most grocery retailers here in the East are only carrying Florida varieties – puh! Its peak season for grapefruit and I’m sacrificing time, money, and taste buds in an attempt to enjoy what Florida can provide.

My grapefruit habit has become somewhat of a morning ritual and I feel as though I can’t begin the day without meditating over the peeled citrus rinds. I love everything about grapefruit. The smell, the texture, the taste. Not to mention the overall feeling of total wellness that I have after devouring the tangy and sweet softball, section by section. To me, grapefruit is a super food. Better yet, a miracle food. It’s bright color indicates powerful nutrients such as Vitamin C , Vitamin A and potassium and is rich in phytonutrient lycopene which is also found in tomatoes. “Lycopene is recognized as one of the strongest cancer fighting antioxidants.” A simple grapefruit can help fight hunger and fatigue, combat colds and insomnia, protect against certain forms of cancer and heart disease, as well as promote bone and digestive health. What more could you ask for!

In an attempt to find my peace this morning, I peeled a $1.79 Florida grapefruit only to find the usual spongy white center to be brown, seeping, and sickly looking. Today, I mourn over nonexistent 44¢ Texas Rio Star grapefruits.  However, I found a website with a listing of  Texas grapefruit shippers that will certainly ward off any future pains.

For you grapefruit connoisseurs: http://www.texasweet.com/Shippers

Nutrient Values of Grapefruit per 100g
Calories
42kcal
Energy Value
176kj
Total Fat
0.14g
Carbohydrates
10.66g
Sugars
6.89g
Dietary Fiber
1.6g
Protein
0.77g
Sodium
0mg
Zinc
0.07mg
Potassium
135mg
Iron
0.08mg
Magnesium
9mg
Copper
0.032mg
Calcium
2mg
Vitamin C
31.2mg
Vitamin E
0.13mg
Vit. B3 (Niacin)
0.204mg
Vitamin B6
0.053mg
Vit. B1 (Thiamin)
0.043mg
Vit. B2 (Riboflavin)
0.031mg