If you’ve ever been to Disneyland, you may be familiar with the Dole whip – a frozen desert featuring pineapple and soft-serve ice cream.
But you don’t need to go all the way to Disneyland to enjoy a frozen pineapple desert – or to reap the many health benefits of pineapples. You can prepare these creamy, frozen pineapple pops in your own kitchen.
Pineapple is a great source of bromelain and other important nutrients. Perfect for adults and kids alike, it’s also relatively cheap and easy to make. So why not make a pineapple popsicle!
Pineapple Popsicle Recipe
- 1 large fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
- 1 lime
- 1 1/2 cups almond milk or coconut milk
Juice the lime and combine the pineapple and lime juice in a blender, then blend them until the mixture is smooth and frothy.
Fold in the almond or coconut milk. Stir until the non-dairy alternative you chose to use and pineapple mixture is fully blended.
Finally, pour the mixture into popsicle molds and put it in the freezer until it’s hardened. Once it’s frozen all the way through, it’s ready to enjoy!
Why It’s So Good For You!
Bromelain, a mixture of proteolytic enzymes found in pineapple, has many health benefits: it’s a known anti-inflammatory that can be used in the treatment of colitis(1), but its beneficial properties don’t end there.
According to one article in the journal Biotechnology Research International,
“Bromelain accounts for many therapeutic benefits like the treatment of angina pectoris, bronchitis, sinusitis, surgical trauma, and thrombophlebitis, debridement of wounds, and enhanced absorption of drugs, particularly antibiotics”(2).
Bromelain is highly bioavailable, which means the body has an easy time absorbing it and putting it to use. It also has an incredibly low toxicity, meaning it is safe to ingest even in large quantities.
New research in the past few years has even found that bromelain has potential as an anti-cancer agent(3).
Pineapple itself is a popular fruit not only for its sweet taste, but for its affordability and low levels of pesticides. One study on the effects of pineapple consumption on school-aged children concluded that pineapple is “a good source of nutrients such as vitamins b2 (riboflavin), C (ascorbic acid), manganese, and phytochemicals,” adding that “Consumption of pineapple and its components has been linked with immunity(4)”.
If you’re looking to give your immune system a boost, pineapple is an ideal food to do it – and there’s no time of year better for these frozen pineapple treats than summer.