There's nothing like a chunk of juicy pineapple in the summertime - or really anytime. Pineapples are in season from March to June, but are available year round in local markets. As a bright yellow tropical fruit, we know pineapple is good for us, but why?
Pineapple not only has stress relieving properties but a 1 cup serving is only 83 calories and has a Medium GI (Glycemic Index) ranking. Rich in Vitamin C for antioxidant protection and immune support and Maganese and Thiamin (Vitamin B1) for energy production and antioxidant defenses, pineapple is a refreshing fruit to include in our regular diet.
Three Servings of Pineapple consumed weekly can boost Bromelain (Pineapple is a member of the Bromeliaceae family) intake, which is a protease enzyme that helps us digest protein more effectively. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme with additional health benefits shown to help aid in digestion and fight inflammation, which is why some take a Bomelain supplement.
My Top 3 ways I like to enjoy pineapple, in addition to eating chunks on their own are:
- Whip up a Pineapple Salsa - add pineapple to an easy homemade salsa or add to a store bought version.
- Pineapple Skewers - grill them up or simply put them on a skewer with other fruit.
- Buy Frozen Pineapple to add to Smothies/Shakes - I try to always have a bag of frozen pineapple chunks (found at Trader Joe's) in my freezer to add to my Greens Smoothies and Protein Shakes. Adds sweetness and all the health benefits listed above!