WHY WE LOVE PINEAPPLE!
-Post written by Alyssa Horton, RHN
Pineapples are tropical fruits that are rich in vitamins, enzymes, and antioxidants. They may help boost the immune system, build strong bones and aid indigestion. Also, despite their sweetness, pineapples are low in calories. One cup of pineapple contains only 82 calories! This tropical fruit makes the perfect snack this summer!
Fun fact, Pineapples are actually made of many individual berries that fuse together around a central core as it grows and matures. Each pineapple “scale” was once an individual berry.
Vitamins and Minerals/ Health Benefits
Pineapples have several vitamins and minerals that can help improve oral and eye health, boost immunity and improve blood circulation, help prevent arthritis, reduce inflammation of joints and muscles, help heal wounds, reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and improve digestive health! Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins) that is naturally found in pineapples. Many supplement companies extract this enzyme from pineapples and sell it as a digestive aide for people who suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, and other digestive problems.
They are excellent sources of vitamin C, manganese, copper, vitamin B1, B6, folate, fiber and much more!
Recipe Ideas and Different Uses For Pineapples
Sure, fresh pineapple is a delicious and healthy snack on its own, but here are some more recipe ideas for anyone looking to get a bit more creative in the kitchen!
Grilled pineapple to add to your summer barbeques (simple grill slices of pineapple on the bbq for a few minutes per side)
Tropical pineapple salsa
Add fresh pineapple to salads and rice bowls for a fresh kick of flavor
My favourite summer treat, Pineapple Coconut Sorbet (made with only 2 ingredients! It’s a simple, plant-based, dairy-free, gluten-free, and sugar free recipe that you will love on a hot summer night!)
Pineapple Coconut Sorbet:
Add 3 cups fresh pineapple
1 can of full-fat coconut milk
Optional add in: Unsweetened coconut shreds, fresh mango, other fruits of your choice, or honey/maple syrup/stevia for extra sweetness if needed.
Simply blend the coconut milk and pineapple, pour into a container, freeze for a few hours, scoop, and enjoy!
Did you know?
The best ways to tell if a pineapple is ripe….
The bottom of the pineapple should be the most fragrent, and should smell sweet like pineapple juice.
The color is also a good guide if the pineapple is ripe enough to eat. They will generally be more yellow looking, but some pineapples stay slightly green, even if they are ripe.
Try pulling out one of the top inner leaves. They should resist a bit, but will pop out with a slight tug. If they leaves won’t come out, it’s not quite ripe enough.
We are big pineapple fans at HealthFare! You can find this sweet and delicious fruit in several of our menu items such as our tropical fruit smoothies, pineapple mango teriyaki sauce, tropical salsa, and HealthFare parfaits! Our tropical fruit smoothies are a sweet and refreshing treat, especially with the hot summers here in Kamloops! Our Super Fresh Tropical smoothie is made with yogurt, and our Super Green Tropical smoothie is made with kale and almonds for our green smoothie loving customers!
Our Pineapple Mango Teriyaki Sauce is the perfect addition to one of our delicious rice bowls which are made with broccoli, peppers, onion, and our Ruby Rice blend. You’ll find the Tropical Salsa on our chicken sandwhiches, which adds a fresh pop of flavour. All of these items are made fresh in-house with no preservatives, artifcial flavours, colors, or additives. Simple, fresh, and delicious foods are our specialty at HealthFare! Come try out one of our pineapple filled foods next time you’re in, and enjoy knowing all the wonderful health benefits that you’re getting!
-Post written by Alyssa Horton, RHN