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Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom

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(4.77 out of 5 stars) 13 reviews
Grapefruit with Honey, Ginger & Cardamom Ayurveda Recipe
Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifyingDigestive Effects Help
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic
Effect: Prana, Alkalizing
Meal: Breakfast
Recommended for: Spring, Autumn-Winter
Type: Citrus, Fruits
Style: Western
Occasion: Cleanse
Preparation: Raw
Element: Air, Ether
Subtaste: Aromatic
Color: Red

Servings: 1
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Pharmacological Effects
About Pharmacological Effects
The list of actions below have not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
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ayurvedic perspective

Simple, cleansing, sweet, tangy, and tart, this recipe is our favorite weight loss breakfast for Kapha dosha. Enjoy the fresh, clean juiciness of biting into a plump slice of grapefruit, with the spicy zing of ginger and fresh liberating aroma of cardamom.

Heavy kapha predominant constitutions may enjoy freedom from large breakfasts. If you aren't hungry, you may eat a simple dish or skip breakfast altogether. Many have been force-fed a philosophy, "Breakfast is the most important meal." Instead, Ayurveda recommends a light meal that will help wake up your body after a long, cozy night of sleeping. The morning is the best time to metabolize unwanted pounds and start the day off feeling clean and fresh.

Cleanse & Detoxify

January can make you feel frozen. The chilly, dark days seem to freeze your body's workings, causing stagnation and congestion just when you need a post-holidays system sweep. Sunshiney citrus fruits are rectifiers of the stuck qualities of the wintertime body, with their brilliant hues and zesty flavors, offering a just-in-time refresher to kick out lodged toxins. This snack recipe accentuates the supportive nature of grapefruit and its bright way of flushing out the impurities and letting the affirming light of good health in.

In Ayurveda, the secret of the grapefruit lies in its powerful flavors, sour and bitter. These cleansing tastes stimulate the flow of bile, diluting and flushing it out of the gallbladder and into the small intestine. Stagnant bile tends to collect and thicken in the gall bladder, where the liver stores the bile after producing it, forming problematic sludge and stones. The sludge inhibits the drainage of bile, congesting the liver. Sour and bitter flavors encourage the bile to move and flush toxins out of the liver to the relief of your newly cleansed liver cells. Support the movement of bile and you directly reduce Pitta, making your spine feel cool and relaxed. Bile helps to move along the poor choices of holiday celebrations, freeing your whole body to truly move on into the new year.

Improve Fat Metabolism

Bile is an oily substance. The removal of bile from the liver directly lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Bile is the main pathway of cholesterol metabolism in many animals. Grapefruit improves fat metabolism, lowers cholesterol, and reduces insulin levels. Grapefruit also gives your metabolism a kick-start, increasing thyroid activity.

Raw honey is the only safe sweetener for Kapha, or for those who tend to experience congestion, sluggish digestion, and are overweight. Like grapefruit, honey increases fat metabolism. Ginger gives this recipe an "agni" kick meaning it stimulates energy, igniting the digestive fire. Honey and ginger together heat the blood. You may notice how the two ingredients direct sensation to the frontal lobe of brain, the cerebral cortex, awakening the mind's ability to concentrate and analyze. Ginger also stimulates the heart. Lastly, cardamom and the grapefruit's bitter rinds clear the stomach of Kapha stagnation.

Grapefruits are contraindicated for high blood pressure or when using anti-depressants. If you take thyroid medication, please check with your doctor before adding grapefruit to your diet.
Weights & measures


2 pinchCardamomVata pacifyingPitta pacifyingKapha pacifying
2 pinchGinger (Dried)Vata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1 cGrapefruitVata pacifyingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying
1 tspHoneyVata aggravatingPitta aggravatingKapha pacifying


1. Peel grapefruit.

2. Slice in flat circles.

3. Mix ginger and cardamom with honey into a spicy paste. Drizzle over the sliced grapefruit. Cardamom is optional.

About the Author

John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.

John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.

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I feel the grapefruit is so bitter that it must aggravate Vata-Kapha. After trying this dish out this morning I found it difficult to finish. Any counter to the strong flavor or perhaps a substition that would remain Vata-Kapha pacifying? The honey helped a great deal but an entire grapefruit was too much for me.

- Keith Goduti, Pelham, NH, 06-18-12 (Reply)
Bitter taste pacifies Kapha but can aggravate Vata. This recipe may be overstimulating to Vata...
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 08-06-12 (Reply)
I love grapefruit and can't wait to try it tomorrow morning with the honey-ginger-cardamom combo! I'm thinking this would be great broiled so I may try that as I prefer warm breakfasts especially in winter.
- Victoria, AZ, 01-03-13 (Reply)
Why is grapefruit contraindicated for high blood pressure, I know this is with some medications, but have never heard of it for hbp. Sounds like a great dish but being a Kapha, I have always loved grapefruit. Patricia
- Patricia, Santa fe, NM, 01-03-13 (Reply)
thank you so much for the "liberation" to skip breakfast. i am pretty tri-doshic, but VK through the digestive system and never hungry before 10, even though up before sunrise. it is true as you say, if i do feel like eating, fruit is best. thanks, joseph. you, too, as the best!
- Laura Plumb, Coronado, CA, 01-10-13 (Reply)
Thanks for this! I have been having gall bladder issues so I appreciate the timing. Is ghee OK while having gall bladder problems or is it better to avoid?
- Jean, Nathrop, CO, 01-10-13 (Reply)
I love the idea of broiling the grapefruit. Can't wait to try it!
- Kim Ferguson, Valencia, CA, 01-10-13 (Reply)
I love grapefruit and don't know why I don't eat it more. Have one grapefruit left from my parent's neighbor's tree in Florida. When I eat grapefruit I typically peel it and take off all the inside membrane, which I did, and have the honey and spices marinating until after my morning yoga practice. Sample bite tastes great.
- cindy, Springfield, IL, 01-11-13 (Reply)
This dish sounds wonderful but as a Pitta-Kapha, I'm torn. I know during this season my Kapha goes more out of whack than my Pitta but I wonder if the warming nature will aggravate my rosacea, which is, of course, a Pitta condition. I love grapefruit! Has anyone else noticed this effect or is it individual to me?
- Leslie Cohen, Ridgwood, NJ, 01-11-13 (Reply)
Dear Jean - Ghee can actually help gall bladder problems in some cases, especially when eaten with sours and bitters. Dear Leslie - Sour foods in general increase sweat gland activity. Usually, if you have rosacea it's good to avoid diaphoretics (herbs that make you sweat). I think you are right on track here... Thanks everybody for your great comments.
- John Immel, Asheville, NC, 01-11-13 (Reply)
Just tried this for breakfast. Not used to things this sour, but it was really good with the honey. I didn't use the full teaspoon of honey since it had the question mark..
- Jennifer, Gresham, OR, 01-12-13 (Reply)
I would have never thought to combine Cardamon with grapefruit. The honey and spices really warm up the fruit. It's a delicious combination, one of my new favorites.
- Catherine Inglese, Studio city, CA, 01-18-13 (Reply)
IS this one grapefruit or one cup of grapefruit juiced?
- Kitty, Lexington, KY, 10-18-13 (Reply)
I love grapefruit and not sure why I don't eat it more often. Can't wait to try this recipe, sounds absolutely delish!!!
- Rosalie, Windsor, ON, 01-03-14 (Reply)
If you want to remove all bitterness from the grapefruit, make sure to remove all the pith - that's what contains the bitterness. I have for years just peeled grapefruit by hand into segments like a mandarin orange, and then peeled off the pithy membrane from each segment. Takes a bit more effort but it's simply delicious and you will never hate grapefruit again!
- Payal, 01-03-14 (Reply)
Can you respond to Patricia from Santa Fe? I have the same question regarding grapefruits and high blood pressure. Louise, AltaVista, VA
- Bettye, Altavista, VA, 01-04-14 (Reply)
Thank you! This is delicious!
- , 01-05-14 (Reply)
Made this again this morning after yoga practice . Scored and pulled grapefruit away from white pith. Added the fruit.of a pomegranate. Yum.
- cindy, Springfield, IL, 01-06-14 (Reply)
Patricia and Bettye- Check out the grapefruit page on this website and also check with your doctor. Happy 2014!
- David McKaig, Swannanoa, NC, 01-08-14 (Reply)
This is a lovely combination of spices and flavors. A few drops of water in the honey mixture improves its "drizzle-ability." Yum!
- Anna-Karin Smith, Portland, OR, 02-05-14 (Reply)
I love this breakfast! I've been craving grapefruit lately. My body wants to clear out the kapha that is beginning to accumulate. I have been warming the grapefruit slices in the oven for about 5 minutes to allow the honey paste to soften and spread. Warmed grapefruit is new to me, but very satisfying!
- Demi, Mesa, CO, 02-12-14 (Reply)
Made this recipe many times last winter using fresh pink whole grapefruit per recipe. Was delicious,
- Sandra, 09-12-14 (Reply)
I have been having this breakfast since last year and I am at a very stable weight. Thank you for posting this, I appreciate reading everything that you send. I love you! joanne.
- Joanne Brazeau, 01-02-15 (Reply)
Certain high blood pressure meds don't allow grapefruit. Any other ideas for those of us on such meds?
- nina, 01-02-15 (Reply)
Certain high blood pressure meds don't allow grapefruit. Any other ideas for those of us on such meds?
- nina, 01-02-15 (Reply)
I absolutely love this for my morning breakfast. It wakes me up and invirgorates me and gets me going.
- Rose Aldrow, Buffalo, NY, 01-03-15 (Reply)
- Gwen, Gloucester, MA, 01-05-15 (Reply)
Hubby cannot have grapefruit. Subbed strawberries. He loved the flavor. Hope that's OK!
- Gwen, Gloucester, MA, 01-05-15 (Reply)
I drink everyday fresh grapefruit juice with apple cider vinegar. I noticed that despite drinking a lot my skin is getting very dry. Is it the drying effect of grapefruit? How can I avoid this?
- Tanja, AB, 03-31-15 (Reply)
I cant get cardamon powder, can i blitz a pod? will it have the same taste?
- Diane, Cardiff, 01-13-16 (Reply)
what an explosion x thanks so much x really beginning to use my spices x
- Desiree Butzer, Cape town, 11-24-16 (Reply)

- Wilma Wagner, Houston, 01-08-17 (Reply)

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