Pineapple is a tropical fruit that is just vibrant in flavor as it is in color. The bright yellow flesh of this fruit is eaten fresh or used for many other purposes as we would see below.
The tough skin is not exactly useless as the pineapple flavor can be extracted from this and it is used as a dish to serve pineapple froyos or pineapple fried rice.
In today’s article we will see the health benefits of this delicious fruit and the many ways to have a pineapple fiesta in the kitchen.
Health Benefits of Pineapple
According to the Everyday Health newsletter, pineapples will contribute immensely to our daily diet for the following reasons.
- Pineapples are rich in vitamin C; a cup of pineapple contains more than our daily requirement for Vit. C.
- Pineapples have antioxidant properties.
- Pineapples has anti-inflammatory properties, due to its bromelain content.
- Pineapples boost immunity and aids recovery from flus and healing of injuries.
- Pineapple contains manganese which aids bone formation.
- Pineapple may aid weight loss, because it is low in calories and doesn’t contain any fat.
These are fun and healthy ways to enjoy your pineapples. Firstly, for the Fitfam and health-conscious circle, pineapple is a key in green juice recipes, detox drinks recipes and smoothies.
Secondly, Pineapples can be blended with some plant-based milk/cream and yoghurt for a tasty alternative to ice-cream. Enjoy soft serve or frozen.
Then, what screams fiesta and tropical adventure louder than Pinacoladas, well the answer is two more glasses Pinacolada😉. Try other delicious pineapple cocktail recipes.
Lastly, a humble freshly juiced pineapple is also very sweet and satisfying, the chopped flesh and skin are boiled with hibiscus leaves and spices to make a healthy drink.
This is best served chilled.
Baking with Pineapple
This is a true joy for most pineapple lovers and bakers, there are tons of recipes from cakes, to assorted baked treats that have pineapples as a star ingredient or incorporate pineapples to give that extra flavor.
If you are yet to jump on that boat and one for adventure, these are a few recipes you can check out: An upside-down pineapple cake or a carrot-pineapple cake.
Pineapple for cooking
Pineapples are unbelievably versatile in use, and this is proof. From the classic Thai pineapple fried rice and a host of variations across the Asian continent, to the Hawaiian pizza notable for its pineapple topping, to the pineapple chicken for wraps, sandwiches and tacos.
The simple breakfast parfait, overnight oats and porridge oats get a sweet kick from pineapples.
You might not know but pineapples breakdown proteins way faster, than yoghurt, lemons and lime… making it an excellent meat tenderizer. When marinating meats with pineapple juice do cut down the marinating time.
Pineapple salad and salsa
Taking out heat from the equation, a slice of pineapple fresh or out of a can gives brightness to salads and pineapple salsas are there to make your taco bar complete. Pineapple salsa pairs well with fish, chicken tacos and shrimps too.
Spices that pair well with pineapple
- Curry powder
- Combine pineapples with plant-based milk not regular milk to prevent stomach upset
- Coconut milk is a wonderful pair for pineapples
- Yoghurt is okay
- Reduce your marinating time when tenderizing meat with pineapple juice.
- Pineapples are not just tasty; they have a rich and interesting nutritional profile.
- Pineapples can be used for cooking, baking, and drinks; cocktails and juices.