Broiled Grapefruit

I hope your summer is off to a beautiful start. I am loving having my boys home and sitting poolside watching them learn to swim—such an important skill. I was shocked to read that a recent Red Cross survey found that half of Americans can't swim well enough to get out of a body of water if they find themselves in over their head. Yikes! It's never to late to learn.

Aside from learning to swim, this summer will be devoted to new therapies and diet changes. For the next three months we're adhering to Dr. Shauna Young's Spectrum Balance Protocol Diet (think beyond Paleo) to address little man's high manganese/low iron ratio. In July we're headed to Boulder for most of the month to give Mary Bolles' Sensory Learning Program a go (thank you Liz for suggesting it). All pretty fascinating stuff. Will it work? We will see. All I know is that what these women preach makes sense to me. I promise to give you the full report at the end of it all. If you have tried the Spectrum Balance Protocol Diet or the Sensory Learning Program, I would love to hear what your experience was.  

Now on to the food. Up for sharing today is broiled grapefruit. Grapefruit season is quickly coming to a close so there's no time like the present to get your fill. The other day I prepared it for the boys the way my mom used to make it for us kids—sprinkled with a bit of sugar and broiled. Why broil? The broiling caramelizes the sugar in the fruit, and the sugar you sprinkle on, and tones down the acidity a bit. Warm, juicy and oh so good!

Broiled Grapefuit
Spectrum Balance Protocol (SBP) Diet Approved


2 grapefruits
Brown sugar


  1. Preheat broiler to low.
  2. Cut each grapefruit in half crosswise. Trim a thin slice off the bottom of each half so they will stand upright.
  3. With a sharp paring or grapefruit knife, cut along sides of each segment and then between the fruit and the peel to free segments from the membrane. 
  4. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon brown sugar over each half.
  5. Place on a baking sheet and broil 2-5 minutes or until sugar begins to bubble and caramelize.
  6. Serves 4.


Sugar may be omitted all together. Use coconut sugar if preferred and not on the SBP diet.