Grapefruit snacks can be a healthy option for family snacking. If you want to teach your kids healthy eating habits giving them snacks made with grapefruit is a good way to teach them that healthy fruit is delicious as well as nutritious and that fruit can be just as tasty as candy or chocolate snacks. Fruit snacks are also a lot more portable than other types of snacks and have a lot fewer calories. You don’t have to have a lot of cooking talent to make many grapefruit snacks. All you need is plenty of fresh grapefruit and some time. If you want to create delicious and healthy grapefruit snacks that everyone in the house will love here are a few easy ones to get you started:
Dried grapefruit segments – These tasty and easy to transport snacks are ideal for a busy lifestyle. Whether you want to keep them in your desk drawer for a quick and healthy snack at work or you want to keep them in the car as a fast and easy snack for the kids on their way to sports to activities these snacks will last without refrigerator and taste great. To dry grapefruit you need to peel and segment a few large grapefruit. You can do this with fresh oranges too. Line a baking sheet with cheesecloth and place the segments on the baking sheet. Place the sheet in the oven on the lowest setting for two to three hours, or until the fruit is dry to the touch. Make sure the oven doesn’t go over 175 degrees, and leave the oven door open just a little bit to let any moisture escape. Once the fruit is dried let it cool. After it cools place it back in a 175 degree oven and bake for 15 to 20 more minutes. This will preserve the fruit and make it last for several weeks. Store it in an air tight container such as a plastic baggie with a seal.
Grapefruit roll ups – These healthy fruit rolls aren’t packed with sugar and preservatives but are naturally sweet and delicious. Start by peeling and chopping several large grapefruit. Puree them with a little sugar if you want them to be a little sweeter. Brown sugar works the best. Lay parchment baking paper on a baking sheet and spray it with some non stick spray. Preheat the oven to the lowest setting. Pour the puree onto the baking sheet in whatever shapes you like, or just make a solid sheet of it. Bake it for two to three hours. When the fruit sheet isn’t tacky to the touch it’s done. Store in an airtight container for up to three weeks and enjoy this delicious grapefruit treat.