Saturday Superfoods: Pineapple

Hey guys!! Happy weekend!! We made it! ūüôā I hope you all had a good week and maybe even got to ‘sleep-in’ a bit this morning! ¬†Today, for our superfood I want to focus on PINEAPPLE. ¬†This tasty tropical treat is, without a doubt, one of my favorite foods! ¬†I LOVE LOVE LOVE to mix it into smoothies for a refreshing treat! ¬†A few summers ago I worked in this snack shop/ cafe and while I was there I learned how to cut a pineapple like a pro! ¬†So now whenever we get a pineapple at home, ¬†my parents wait for ME to cut it open. ¬†They love to eat it fresh and juicy. ¬†I’ve learned that the best way to tell if it’s ripe is to smell the bottom of it. ¬†Weird, right? ¬†Well actually, if it’s ripe the pineapple will have a very sweet scent to it.

Anyway, more about the amazing benefits of this hydrating superfood. ¬†Did you know that 87% of a pineapple is water? ¬†Talk about refreshing!! ¬†Not only are pineapples packed with antioxidants, they also have tons of other vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A, C and fiber! ¬†Did you know that pineapple is packed with magnesium? ¬†This mineral is necessary to keep your bones strong! ¬†Pineapple actually helps to prevent sore throats and sinusitis… but even more exciting than this is the high amount of antioxidants! ¬†Pineapple helps prevent Atherosclerosis, heart disease and even cancer! ¬†The antioxidants fight against the dangerous free radicals that cause these horrible diseases.

Seriously, pineapple is low calorie, nutrient dense, and did I mention… DELICIOUS!?! ¬†Whoever said ‘eating healthy’ meant eating small portions of bland foods clearly has never tried pineapple. ¬†Try a pineapple kabob or a pineapple based smoothie. ¬†Chop some up to eat alone or in a fruit salad. Their ‘season’ runs March to May but they’re available at supermarkets year-round! ¬†A fourth of a pineapple has just over 100 calories, so feel free to enjoy this tasty treat on a regular basis!

How about you?  What is your favorite way to enjoy pineapple?  Fresh, dried and mixed into a trail mix, blended into a smoothie, frozen like an ice pop, or baked into a pineapple upside-down cake (hey, it has fruit in it, right?)


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