Sweet as The in­side scoop on pineap­ple

GET A LIT­TLE TASTE OF SUM­MER WITH PINEAP­PLE AND – BONUS! – THEY’RE PACKED WITH ALL SORTS OF GOOD­NESS

Good Health Choices - - Contents -

Pineap­ples take 18 months to grow be­fore har­vest­ing, but they’re a treat worth wait­ing for. An ex­cel­lent source of vi­ta­min C, they also con­tain brome­lain, an en­zyme that has antiinflammatory prop­er­ties and helps with di­ges­tion. As well as be­ing a rich source of fi­bre and an­tiox­i­dants, they’re packed with man­ganese, which is es­sen­tial for strong bones. They also con­tain high amounts of thi­amine, an en­er­gy­boost­ing B vi­ta­min.

When it comes to pick­ing the best pineap­ple on the shelf, don’t worry about the colour – it’s an in­di­ca­tion of where the fruit is grown, not how ripe it is. In fact, pineap­ples don’t con­tinue to ripen after they’ve been har­vested, so you can en­joy this sweet treat as soon as you like. Aim to choose pineap­ples that are sus­tain­ably grown; look for ones that have Rain­for­est Al­liance ac­cred­i­ta­tion, such as Dole Trop­i­cal Gold.

Try this sat­is­fy­ing smoothie for a drink that’s brim­ming with good­ness: Kale smoothie with pineap­ple and ba­nana

Com­bine in a blender ½ cup of co­conut milk, ½ cup of wa­ter and 2 cups of chopped and steamed kale or spinach (stalks re­moved). Add 1½ cups of pineap­ple and a ba­nana, and purée for about 1 minute un­til smooth. Check the con­sis­tency and add more wa­ter if de­sired.

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