Spring is almost here and fresh pineapples are available again! We are always trying to find some balance in our lives, and pineapples help us to do just that! Eating fresh pineapple has a plethora of health benefits. It helps with with healing, detoxing, metabolizing, tissue building, synthesizing collagen and improving digestion. It feels so great to put our bodies back in sync again after the recent few months of crazy hot/cold/rainy/dry weather. Plus, pineapples are an effective way to get smooth and glowing skin, which is an added bonus, since our skin has been a little stressed and dehydrated lately.
Pineapple is high in the enzyme bromelain and in Vitamin C, which are both important in healing. Bromelain helps reduce inflammation, tenderness and pain from bruising, sprains, and strains. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that helps to fight colds and infections plus it is vital in repairing body tissues and in synthesizing amino acids and collagen. The higher the collagen synthesis is, the firmer and more flexible your skin will be.
Grilled Pineapple Salsa on Sweet Potato Boats
Add a little sweet sunshine to your salsa!
We recommend eating fresh pineapple at least once a week. This recipe is a delicious way to add pineapple into your diet.
- Use any variety of potato, we recommend sweet potatoes.
- Thoroughly clean and wash potatoes.
- Lay out aluminium to wrap your potato for baking
- Coat each potato with Olive Oil
- Sprinkle Salt and Pepper around the whole potato
- Wrap in aluminum foil and bake at high temperature until soft in the center
- 1-2 Large Tomatoes
- Handful of cilantro
- 1/3 onion
- 2-3 Pineapple rings
- Optional: Jalapeno peppers, green bell peppers, corn nibblets
Grill pineapple rings on the BBQ, a stove top grilling plate or a grilling pan. Let cool and then dice into small chunks. Next chop the tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Cut slightly cooled sweet potatoes in half lengthwise. Use a fork to loosen the potato from the skin. Add a generous amount of pineapple salsa to the sweet potato boat. Enjoy!
Credits: Author: Jill Uechi // Recipe and Photography: Coco Iv