This is my favorite time of year. All of the farmers markets are opening up for the season and there is an abundance of fresh produce to choose from. The feature fruit of the week is the pineapple. Not only is this fruit a universal favorite for so many, it is also easy to prepare and vibrant in color. Pineapples come into season in March, so now is the perfect time to start enjoying them!
Benefits of Eating A Serving of Pineapple
-1 cup of pineapple contains the daily value of Vitamin C, which we all know is crucial to keeping our families healthy.
-Pineapple is also full of B1 vitamins, which help balance our energy levels and provide us with essential antioxidants.
-Pineapple contains key nutrients that help with eyesight.
-Pineapple is rich in fiber, which means it will help keep your little ones full longer.
Pineapple Preparation Tips
-The easiest way to tell if a pineapple is ripe in the store is to try pulling one of the leaves. If it is difficult to remove, the pineapple is not ripe. If it comes out easily, then it is ripe and ready to be used.
-If you prefer to cut your own pineapple, cut the top off and then slice all sides of the skin off of the pineapple. You will then need out the middle of the pineapple where the core is. While the core is packed with nutrients, most people find it too tough to eat.
-My favorite gadget is the pineapple slicer that I bought. Not only does it take less than a minute to have a perfectly cut pineapple, but it also creates pineapple rings at the same time! You can buy one here. Williams Sonoma Pineapple Slicer
-Make sure you eat all of the pineapple within 2 days of slicing otherwise it starts to lose its nutrients very quickly.
Easy Ways To Get Pineapple Into Your Daily Diet
-Now that you grills are out, take some of the rings and throw them on the grill for 2-3 minutes on each side. The natural sugars will caramelize and create a great treat that the entire family will love!
–Parents Magazine has a cute pineapple beehive snack made out of pineapple rings that is a sure way to get your little one’s to eat their pineapple.
-Kids love kabobs, so why not make a fruit kabob with pineapples, strawberries, and grapes for a healthy snack.
-Add frozen pineapple chunks to your favorite fruit smoothie recipe for added nutrients and sweetness!