Nothing beats fresh pineapple in the summer. I personally can’t get enough of it these days!
Thank goodness pineapple has so many wonderful nutritional benefits because I love eating it. Here are some of the benefits to consuming this amazing tropical fruit:
Hydrating: Pineapple is 87% water, making it a great way to quench your thirst and add a little sweetness to your day. Make sure you stay hydrated this summer. The average American needs 11-15 cups of water per day – and you can get some of that hydration from fruits and vegetables.
Vitamin C: Pineapple is an excellent source of Vitamin C, giving you an extra immunity boost this summer. Vitamin C is an important nutrient and ensures proper function of the immune system. Add a little fresh pineapple to your juicer or frozen pineapple to your blender for a delicious, summery drink! (I love my Nutri Ninja blender.*)
Antioxidants: Consuming pineapple is an excellent way to rid free radicals floating around your body. Free radicals attack your body and create inflammation. Get rid of ’em by eating your fruits and veggies.
How to Pick a Good Pineapple:
Look for pineapples that are heavy for their size. Don’t worry as much about the size of the pineapple, but more so the weight. Also look for pineapples that give off a sweet smell. Pineapples do not ripen further once they’re picked, so you want to enjoy them pretty quickly after purchase to get the full benefits.
Now for the fun part! I put together this delicious pineapple salsa. I shared it with my friends as an appetizer, and even served it as a stand alone salad at dinner this week. It got rave reviews and I couldn’t believe how simple it was to make. Here’s how – enjoy!
- 1/2 fresh pineapple
- 1/2 orange or red bell pepper
- 1/4 cup chopped onion
- Juice of 1/2 lemon
- 4-6 fresh mint leaves
- Sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- Olive oil drizzle - optional
- Finely chop pineapple, pepper and onion into tiny diced bits.
- Chop mint leaves into small pieces.
- Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl. Drizzle with olive oil (optional).
- Serve immediately or chill in the fridge to allow the juices to come together.
- Serve with crackers, chips or as a side salad