Eat a Little Bit of Sunshine

October 19, 2009   2 Comments

We don't ordinarily think about the sun, water, and nutrients absorbed by a food when we eat it. We usually just eat it. But, a great pineapple can remind us of all the goodness that creates food.


Buy a fresh one, if they are available, or buy some canned pineapple in water. Stay away from pineapple in syrup, it tastes great on its own without any added sugar.

How do you tell if a fresh pineapple is ripe? Just smell it. If it smells sweet, it is ripe. If there is no smell, wait a few days, then smell again.

Canned pineapple is great to have on hand when you run out of fresh fruit. A fun afternoon snack is to make mini pizzas (English muffins, pizza sauce, and cheese) and add some pineapple for the "vegetable" element.

Add pineapple to fruit salad, cottage cheese or yogurt to get your needed vegetable/fruit servings per day.

What is your favorite way to serve pineapple?

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Actually, when I was in Costa Rica over winter break, I learned how to tell if a pineapple is ripe. For organic pineapple, you're supposed to eat it when it's green! It's so weird but that's what I learned at a pineapple plantation. :)

We always serve grilled pineapple alongside our grilled jerk chicken. The first time I served it, my fiance thought I was nuts...then he ate it. Now he requests grilled pineapple everytime we have jerk chicken. Sometimes we brush the caribbean jerk marinade over the pineapple while it's grilling to give it a little spice. Delicious!

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