WTEW: All things pineapple

Kari enjoying pineapple juice

Are you as in love with pineapple as I am? I can eat it by itself, drink some juice like Kari is showing us in the picture above, or even throw some frozen chunks in my green smoothie. It really does take a green smoothie from so-so to SO DELICIOUS!

So today’s What to Eat Wednesday is… all things pineapple!

First things first, what is so great about pineapple? Glad you asked. It is an excellent source of vitamin C… you know, the vitamin that helps boost your immune system. Pineapple also contains bromelain, which is an enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to promote healthy digestion (hello, natural detox!). Pineapple is known to be high in manganese, which protects cells from free radicals and helps keep your bones healthy. It also helps synthesize fatty foods. Other key vitamins in pineapple include vitamin A and beta caratene (protects your eyesight), as well as vitamins B1 and B6 (assists in energy production and breakdown of starches/sugars). Copper and potassium are also in pineapple.

Wow, what a list! This fruit is definitely one worth consuming. Wouldn’t you agree? Now for a few different ways to eat pineapple or drink pineapple juice…

I personally love a mocktail in the morning of 1/2 cup pineapple juice and 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. It kick starts my metabolism and keeps my digestive system healthy.

Like I mentioned above, I also love frozen pineapple in a green smoothie. If you have not gotten into green smoothies yet, I tell you what… try adding a banana or frozen pineapple. Both are fruity enough that they take the earthiness away from the green smoothie. The earthy taste is what I can’t stand so I always add more pineapple (or honey) if my smoothie is not quite tasty enough.

Since it is still grilling season in Texas, try grilling sliced pineapple and sprinkling cinnamon on top. You will not be disappointed! It is one of the most simplest desserts, not to mention super healthy AND delish! Can’t beat that.

Now it’s your turn. What is YOUR favorite way to eat pineapple?