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Pineapple Core – Healthy & Resourceful

Did you know that the core of a pineapple is full of healthy nutrients?

Did you also know that the EPA estimates that Americans throw away $1,600 worth of food each year?

In honor of Earth Day, The Recipe Redux members were challenged to show how we reduce food waste.

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An easy way to reduce food waste is to figure out how you can use part of a food you would normally toss out. For example, the pineapple core.

Pineapple – Healthy Fruit & Core

At just 82 calories per 1 cup, this fruit is packed with beneficial nutrients such as Vitamin C, Manganese, Dietary Fiber and Bromelian that can aid in –

  • Immune System Health
    • High in antioxidants and can help fight cellular damage
    • 1 serving contains 50% of your daily recommended value of Vitamin C
    • Components in the core of a pineapple may help decrease mucus in the throat and nose, assisting in sinus inflammation, allergies and cough suppression
  • Improved Digestion
    • A good source of dietary fiber, which helps with regularity and intestinal health
    • Contains significant levels of the enzyme Bromelian, which breaks down protein and may assist in digestion
  • Anti-Inflammatory Benefits & Improved Energy
    • Substances in the core are believed to help reduce severe inflammation in certain people
    • Pineapple contains Thiamin, which is a B-Vitamin that plays a role in energy production
  • Blood Clot Reduction
    • The high levels of Bromelian found in the core of pineapple can help reduce excessive clotting of the blood because it acts as a blood thinner and anticoagulant
    • It’s possible that this may also increase blood flow to the uterus, making it an ingredient of interest to women suffering from infertility or undergoing IVF treatment

Use the Core – Don’t Trash It

I find the pineapple core very fibrous and a bit tough to eat. However, adding it to smoothies is a great way to get all the great nutrients and flavor.

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Whenever I have a pineapple, I slice up the core and place it in a sealable bag. The bag then goes in the freezer. Next time I make a smoothie, I just grab 2-3 slices of the frozen core and pop it in the blender with the other ingredients. It gives the smoothie the same great pineapple flavor, added health benefits and I don’t need to add ice since the core is frozen.

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Pineapple Core Spinach Smoothie

Pineapple Core & Spinach Smoothie
Recipe type: smoothie
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Serves: 1 serving
A simple and delicious smoothie that is full of healthy nutrients! Perfect for a post-workout drink or an easy breakfast you can take on the go.
  • 3-4 slices of frozen pineapple core
  • 1 handful of spinach leaves
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 scoop protein powder (or ½ cup greek yogurt)
  • 2 tsp freshly grated ginger
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth
This smoothie recipe is easy to make, tastes great and is full of healthy nutrients! Adding a little protein powder (or greek yogurt) makes it a great post-workout drink or easy breakfast you can take on the go.

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    Regan @ Healthy Aperture April 21, 2017 (10:45 am)

    I had no idea you could freeze & use the core. Great idea!

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      Brynn McDowell April 21, 2017 (12:50 pm)

      It’s so handy to just pop a couple in the blender straight from the freezer! Now to find more freezer space for all my frozen fruits 🙂

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    Sara April 21, 2017 (5:23 pm)

    Love pineapple and pineapple core! So happy you featured it!

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    Farrah April 24, 2017 (5:41 am)

    Aww, this is the cutest! <3 I lovelovelove pineapple and always feel so bad about wasting the core–this is such a great way to reduce food waste!

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