So this week has been crazy! I was in LA for work and felt go go go the entire time. My eating, sleeping, and working out schedule were definitely off so I’m excited to reset my body and get some much needed rest and relaxation this weekend. I was still eating healthy while traveling, just at very different times than I normally eat at home. Since I ran my body into the ground this week, I’m about to take a detox bath, drink my magnesium tea, put on the comfiest pjs (<<on sale!) & get lots of sleep tonight. Tomorrow I’m def getting in an intense workout, spending some time outside soaking up the sun & fresh air, and reading LOTS. I have so many books on my reading list right now I can’t wait to get through them all! Here is the one I just started, with this one in the que next.
Anyways, who likes pineapple? I LOVE pineapple! I could eat them all day…and I totally have before.
Fun fact: Pineapples are the only source of the plant compound Bromelain. Bromelain is a protein digesting enzyme which means its amazing for digesting and breaking down food, especially protein! As we get older, our bodies produce less and less of hydrochloric acid for protein digestion, so peeps, eat yo pineapple for that Bromelain. Bromelain also enhances your immune system, prevents cancer, and improves your gut health. With all the processed food we eat these days our guts are a complete mess. (Whole wheat & dairy are two of the leading destroyers of our gut). When our gut are a mess we start to develop autoimmune diseases of all kinds including various types of cancer, celiac disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis…the list goes on. So keep those guts healthy!
A few more reason to be loving pineapple because these are just too good not to share:
- Improves the quality of your skin-The collagen that glues your skin cells together is particularly reliant on adequate levels of vitamin C in your diet. Without it, your skin will be one of the first areas of your body to suffer, with poor skin tone the likely result. Pineapples also contain carotenoids like beta-carotene for skin cell protection and significance amounts of the mineral copper for promoting elasticity in your skin.
- Used to treat and prevent cancer – Pineapple has been used for treating cancer with the enzyme extensively studied as a therapeutic anti-cancer agent for various forms of the disease, especially breast cancer and colon cancer. A slice or two of fresh pineapple with the core may act as a natural cancer preventative, especially considering the next nutritional element that pineapples are so rich in — vitamin C.
- Cures that cold & cough– Enzymes in pineapples have been shown to reduce inflammation of the nasal cavity and help break up excessive mucus in the respiratory system. These effects can combat regular colds and coughs and may even be useful for treating more serious respiratory problems like bronchitis.With so many health benefits, a slice of pineapple looks like a much better option than a glass of commercial orange juice if you’re trying to recover from a cold. (source)
#pineapplesforpresident …but seriously
Now that you are wanting to stuff your face with pineapples I’m going to share a super delish recipe that not only tastes good, but looks good too. Clearly you can make this dish without taking the time to make pineapple bowls, but c’mon, they are too cool right?! Pineapple bowls are WAY COOLER than normal bowls, and you will seriously impress your bf/friends/family with this one!
Pineapple Bowl Recipe
- 1 whole pineapple
- 1 lb of shrimp
- 3-4 bell peppers
- 1 sweet onion
- 2-4 tbs of teriyaki sauce (this is my favorite one with all natural ingredients and no added chemicals/sugar/fillers)
Chop the bell peppers and onions in chunky pieces and add to a bowl. Rinse your shrimp, takes the tales off and add those to the same bowl. Toss the veggies and shrimp starting with 2 tbs of teriyaki sauce, then feel free to add more depending on your preference. Sauté or grill your veggies. While the veggies are cooking, slice the pineapple length ways, then inside east pineapple cut around the outer edge to form your bowl shape. Slice into squares and then scoop out with a spoon. Add the pineapple slices to your veggies & shrimp, and finish cooking to your liking. To finish, scoop the veggie & shrimp mix into your pineapple bowls and enjoy!
Sorry but this is just too good not to share! Tessamae’s seriously makes THE BEST sauces and dressings. This one is gluten free, dairy free, oil free, vegan, non GMO, and low sodium. I mean… just look at those ingredients!! No yucky crap. You can get it here.
I can’t wait to hear about how these pineapple bowls turn out for you guys! Let me know when you try them 🙂 Also, I thought I would share some of my favorite kitchen items below!
//The Lokahi Sisters//