We’ve noticed that pineapple prints seem to be showing up every where these days. It’s no wonder because the pineapple symbolizes hospitality and is one of those fruits that instantly conjures up images of fun and summer. However, we want to remind you that pineapples aren’t just for artwork, fashion and decorating. They are so filled with healthy benefits especially for your skin! Plus since they are available year round, well…eat pineapples too! Here’s a fun pineapple boat that is filled with ingredients chosen specifically for their skin beautifying properties.
Pineapple: Contains Vitamins C, B6, Folate, Riboflavin, Maganese, Thaimine, Niacin and Copper. Eating pineapple can help to reduce inflammation, reduce acne, even out skin tone, reduce sun damage and prevent aging.
Salmon: High in Omega-3 fatty acids and selenium, Salmon can help to keep your skin supple and glowing. Omega-3 fatty acid helps to nourish the skin by reducing the body’s production of inflammatory substances, decreasing clogged pores, and averting fine lines and wrinkles. Selenium is a mineral that protects your skin from sun damage.
Avocado: Also rich in fatty acids and vitamins, avocados can improve your skin from the inside out. They are high in antioxidant carotenoids and Vitamins C and E. Therefore, avocados help to protect your skin from environmental damage and assist to produce collagen and elastin. Plus they are high in oleic acid content, which helps to maintain moisture in the epidermal layer of your skin keeping it soft and hydrated.
Barley: Like Salmon, barley contains high levels of Selenium, which helps to preserve the skin elasticity and protects it against free radical damage. Therefore, it also helps to reduce fine lines and other signs of aging. Barley is also a good source of of zinc, which speeds up healing properties of the skin.
So, just in time for the 4th, here is our yummy Grilled Salmon and Pineapple Boat. The recipe below is for 2 servings.
- 1 medium pineapple
- 6-8 oz of salmon filet
- 1/2 cup of barley
- 1 avocado
- Garlic (optional)
- Preheat gas grill to medium-high heat 450F.
- Cook barley according to the instructions on the package.
- Using a sharp knife, cut pineapple in half lengthwise. Remove the fruit (flesh) using a paring knife and a spoon. Cut pineapple into cubes and reserve pineapple bowls.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper (and garlic – optional)
- Grill salmon on medium heat for 6-8 minutes per side.
Grill pineapple at medium heat 5-10 minutes per side until charred.
- Place barley at the bottom of the pineapple bowl. Add salmon. Add cubed avocado and grilled pineapple.
- Top with paprika.