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.
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.
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.
Pineapple Core Spinach Smoothie
- 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
- Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth