Oh how I love pineapple, let me count the ways! Pineapple is the true symbol for warm sunny days, afternoons by the pool and a mini tropical escape.
This creamy fat burning smoothie contains ginger which is great for digestion and pineapple which is one of the top anti-inflammatory foods. The combination of banana and ginger may help to increase fat burning in the body.
Pineapples are a member of the Bromeliaceae family, which is a type of flowering plant. Of these family of plants, pineapple is the only food crop. Other members of the Bromeliaceae family include mostly ornamental plants, grown as both garden and houseplants. Now do you see why pineapples are so pretty??
Actually Bromeliaceae plants are named after the enzyme bromelain. The powerhouse ingredient that make pineapples so special, apart from their outer beauty of course. The enzyme bromelain is the enzyme that makes pineapple one of the top anti-inflammatory foods to reduce inflammation in your body. It also helps to break down proteins which is why some chefs use it to tenderize meat.
Pineapple’s ability to reduce inflammation, break down proteins and high fibre content are why I love it for a weight loss food.
With that praise comes some caution. They do tend to be a bit on the high side with sugar, so I wouldn’t recommend eating more than once a day or every day.
Everything in moderation friends.
When shopping for pineapples look for ones that are ripe and nice and yellow at the base. Give the stem a good sniff and if it smells sweet pack her up and take her home ‘cause you got a winner.
Other notable nutrients in pineapple?
They are one of the best sources of Vitamin C and have an abundance of vitamin B6, folate, potassium, manganese, and fiber.
Okay so now that we’ve placed pineapple on a pedestal let’s dive into the supporting cast in this smoothie.
Bananers….aka bananas 🙂
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Bananas are jammed with fiber which helps to keep you full for a long period of time and helps to remove toxins from your body. They are also great in aiding in digestion AND I like that they give you a great boost of energy since they help to metabolize carbs.
Bananas are also high in potassium which is known to help reduce blood pressure and also helps with your body’s acid alkaline balance. I get into the importance of this in greater detail in my Healthy Body, Happy Life Guide.
Now finally let’s move on to ginger. I put that s**t in everything. I really do. Ginger to me is like Bey to Jay-Z, it’s everything. I can always find a way to toss some into any dish and for good reason. I’ll add it to smoothies, stir fries, juices and anything in between.
Ginger is one bad mutha****** It’s considered to be one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Many people are aware of it’s effectiveness in curing nausea, however it has many numerous therapeutic properties. Ginger is also a powerful anti-inflammatory food due to the compound ‘gingerols’. It also provides a healthy boost to your immune system, which makes it a go to in a cold flu cocktail that I like to whip up in the winter months.
Ginger is also a weight loss food that I like to recommend to my clients due to its natural ability to suppress appetite and make you feel satiated or full.
Now that you are thoroughly convinced, it’s time to break out the blender and whip up this tropical escape in a glass.
Have it for breakfast or dessert!
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ cup frozen or fresh pineapple
- 1 inch ginger, grated
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1 cup coconut or almond milk
- Add all ingredients to blender, give it a whir and enjoy!
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