Refreshing Pineapple Smoothie

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One day this week I was hungry ALL DAY LONG. I was actually getting sick of eating so I told my husband that I wish I could just drink food. I was literally sick of finding snacks to consume and just wanted a magic pill to fill me up.

Well, I didn’t drink my food that day. I ate regular meals and snacks, even if sick of them. And I think I was still hungry when I went to bed that night, but had given up so fell asleep to tummy growls.

What was the deal? Well, I have a current condition that I am not ready to share on the blog yet that keeps me hungry A LOT. So, it is time to mix things up and find fill-me-up drinks too.

Heyyyyyy smoothie! You’re looking pretty fine right now.

Yes, bring on the smoothie recipes. I have been going Pinterest crazy a bit lately to find some good ones. In fact, I think I shared a few faves on a guest post for Nature’s Bakery that should be up on their site soon. I haven’t tried them all, but it is my goal to!

Today I experimented with a refreshing pineapple smoothie! I rarely measure things, but here is what I grabbed out of the pantry and fridge:

  • Frozen pineapple
  • Frozen spinach
  • Milk
  • pHenOH 7.4
  • Chia Seeds
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Mint Leaves
  • Sprinkle of Ginger, Cinnamon, & Cardamom

It is SOOOOOOOO GOOD! Definitely up my alley, but I am in love with mint and it definitely has a hint of it. If you are up for a similar smoothie, keep in mind you can take some of the ingredients off and it’d still taste the same I bet (like the pHenOH 7.4 since I doubt many peeps have this just laying around). Also, I start with just a little of the liquids and add more in if it is needed after I blend. I also use just a tad of spinach, because I am not into the very green-tasting smoothies.

I am joining in with the Fit Dish link up today with The Fit Switch and Jill Conyers. Do you like smoothies? If so, what is your favorite ingredient to add into smoothies?

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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?