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What is it about a pineapple smoothie that makes you want to smile and glow from the inside out? A pineapple smoothie is my number one favorite, and today I’m going to share six delicious recipes that will make them one of your favs too!
The History of Pineapple
The pineapple is native to Brazil and Paraguay in South America. It is believed to have been grown by the indigenous people in those regions, and was grown for its sweetness and medicinal properties.
Christopher Columbus was credited for bringing the fruit back to Europe, which then became popular among the wealthy.
This tropical fruit became a symbol of luxury, and artists and architects began incorporating the decorative motif into their paintings and carvings in many European churches and palaces.
By the 17th century, the pineapple was a popular item to trade among the European merchants. Soon after, this fruit were being grown in the Caribbean, the Philippines, and Hawaii.
Pineapple production later expanded to other continents including Africa, Asia, and Australia.
Nowadays you’ll find pineapples being grown around the world in tropical climates everywhere.
Health Benefits Of Pineapple
The bromelain enzyme helps relieve pain and reduces swelling in soft tissues like gums and sinuses. And in addition to the bromelain enzymes, this luscious fruit is high in minerals and antioxidants.
Beta-carotene is great for the eyes and skin, and is another one of the great minerals found in pineapples.
Pineapple also benefits your immune system. One cup contains more than 100% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C, which helps protect your cells and produce collagen.
When I was a junior in high school, I had to have my wisdom teeth removed – just like many others of my classmates did. In fact, I actually wanted to get the surgery done because my friends all got to stay home from school for at least a couple of weeks because they looked like chipmunks.
But thanks to my Grandmother’s knowledge of natural healing, my mother made me eat fresh pineapple chunks right after the surgery.
And the healing powers of the bromelain enzymes cut my highly anticipated two week “school vacation” into a single “mercy day” off school.
So next time you or someone you know is having dental surgery, think about sipping some blended pineapple or eating some small pineapple chunks. You’ll be glad you did!
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How to Eat Pineapple & Its Healthy Goodness
Do yourself a favor and pick up one of these pineapple corers when you’re ready to cut up fresh pineapples. I bought this tool over five years ago and use it at least once a week. All you need to do it slice off the crown, and start twisting. This handy tool cores and slices the fruit in seconds and you can use the pineapple carcass for a fun tropical drink!
Today, fruit lovers often consume pineapple roasted, grilled, or freshly cut. But one of my favorite ways to imbibe this wonderful fruit is via pineapple smoothies.
A simple, plain pineapple smoothie is so easy to make and is absolutely delicious. I typically use some fresh pineapple chunks with a splash of water or coconut water for mine.
If you want to add some additional fruits to your smoothie, below is a list of some options that go well with pineapple. Try one or more of them out for a vitamin packed power meal!
What Fruits Go Well With Pineapple?
Pineapple pairs perfectly with tropical fruits like mango, banana, passion fruit, oranges, and grapefruit. Some other fruits that go well with pineapple include apples, pears, and peaches.
And if your tastebuds want a little adventure, try adding coconut milk to your pineapple smoothie. It gives your drink a fantastic pina colada flavor!
Does Pineapple Go Well With Berries?
Yes indeed, pineapple pairs very well with berries! One of my favorite flavor combinations is blueberries and pineapple. The pineapple’s sharpness and the blueberries’ sweetness are ideal flavor partners.
Six Tasty Pineapple Smoothie Recipes to Try Today!
Here are six of my very favorite pineapple smoothie recipes. These recipes come from other bloggers, and are simple to make. I simply can’t pick a favorite so I included them all.
Just click on the titles of each smoothie and check out the delicious recipe.
Begin your day with this yummy mixed berry-pineapple smoothie! It’s loaded with nutrients thanks to the berries, pineapple, coconut, and spinach.
This pineapple smoothie is a tropical blend of pineapple, banana, pineapple juice, and Greek yogurt that’s blended until it’s creamy and smooth. A delicious breakfast or snack smoothie.
This yummy smoothie has Greek yogurt, spinach, pineapple, ripe bananas, and chia seeds. The chia seeds provide beneficial Omega-3 fats, fiber, and a small amount of protein for an added nutritional boost.
Here’s a beautiful pineapple smoothie with only a few ingredients. This smoothie recipe makes a frothy yellow puree with the best fruity flavor.
You won’t believe it, but all you need to prepare this incredible strawberry pineapple smoothie is almond milk (or regular milk), strawberries, and pineapple in a blender. Quick, easy, and scrumptious.
When you sip this nutritious pineapple green smoothie, you’ll get a tremendous burst of tropical flavor. This vegan smoothie uses only four ingredients, and is packed with vitamins, minerals, and anti-inflammatories.
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