When you think of superfoods turmeric, ginger and açaí probably come to mind, but they aren’t alone.
Science is proving more and more what our mothers have known all along: you really should eat more fruits and vegetables.
Whether it’s the high potassium content in bananas, the lycopene in tomatoes or the quercetin in apples, nearly every type of produce has superfood qualities.
And pineapple is no exception.
Pineapple is perhaps best known for one particular enzyme: bromelain.
Bromelain is an anti-inflammatory compound that reduces the swelling and pain of tendinitis, sprains and strains, and other injuries (1). It also works well against arthritis and osteoarthritis (2,3).
Bromelain even helps treat bronchitis, high blood pressure, sinusitis, and post-surgery complications. It also fights breast cancer (4,5). Some of these effects are enhanced by the fruit’s high vitamin C, vitamin A, calcium, and iron content.
15 Amazing Pineapple Recipes
With these recipes, you’re sure to get your fix!
1. Cocktail Pops
These refreshing popsicles are tart enough to balance out the sweetness of the blackberries and creamy enough to tone down the pineapple. The recipe calls for vodka and cilantro but feel free to adapt it to your taste.
2. Carrot-Pineapple Cake
This nutty cake is a tropical twist on an old classic. To make the fruit shine through even more, add a bit of pineapple juice to the homemade frosting.
3. Pineapple Upside Down Pancake
Pancakes may not sound very exciting, but this caramelized pineapple recipe adds just the right amount of sweetness to this classic breakfast food. Serve with boiled-down pineapple juice and cinnamon.
4. Pineapple Salsa
This bright and refreshing salsa is perfectly salty, sweet, and spicy. Bring it to a potluck or summer barbecue and let the compliments roll in! Find out how to make it here.
5. 2-Ingedient Dole Whip
This Disneyland-style summer treat only requires 2 ingredients: coconut milk and frozen pineapple. That’s it!
- 4 cups (16oz/450g ) small chunks frozen Pineapple
- 1 cup (8oz/225g) of low fat coconut milk (or milk of choice, almond, regular)
- Place the coconut milk and frozen chunks of pineapple into a food processor or high powered blender. (the pineapple has to be frozen)
- Turn on food processor and blend until the consistency becomes creamy.
- You will have to stop several times and scoop down the pineapple.
- Keep blending until all of the pineapple chunks are gone and the mix is smooth.
- Enjoy immediately as it is “soft serve” and should be eaten straight away.
- If you want to freeze a little you can, just know it does freeze solid once frozen and is no longer soft.
6. Tropical Teriyaki Chicken
This recipe looks great when served in a hollowed-out pineapple. It’s best to swap out the canola oil for coconut oil and cut the pineapple into small chunks to add to the rice.
7. Easy Pineapple Cake
This yummy cake can be a little heavy on the calories, so you may want to skip out on the icing and cut the sugar down to half. Instead, top with boiled-down pineapple or raspberries.
8. Pininyahang Manok Chicken
Don’t be turned off by the combination of chicken and fruit; it’s actually incredibly delicious! With a bit of tomato and a few spices, this Philipino stew will become your favorite go-to meal. Learn how to make it here.
9. Pineapple Coconut Tea Cake
10. Pineapple Ice Cream
What’s better than a succulent cone of ice cream? Why, homemade ice cream of course! For a vegan alternative, use coconut milk instead of dairy, and add a bit of lime zest to amp up the flavor. Find the recipe here.
11. Pineapple Ginger Ice Tea
If you’ve tried one of the recipes on this list, keep the scraps (crown and peel included!). You can boil them down with ginger and cinnamon for a delicious ice tea. Here’s how to make it.
12. Avocado Pineapple Salad
The tropics are well known for their beautiful beaches and delicious fruit, so it’s no surprise that they know how to utilize pineapple. Using just a touch of spice, this salad plays with complimentary flavors that will open up your appetite and cleanse your pallet.
13. Pan-Roasted Chicken with Pineapple-Chile Glaze
You’ll never look at pineapple the same way again after trying this Hawaiian meal. If you like crispy chicken skin and juicy syrup, then you’ll love this recipe.
14. Pineapple-Ginger Smoothie
This recipe utilizes pineapple chunks, pineapple-orange juice, fresh ginger and Greek yogurt. Freeze it to make popsicles, drink on its own or combine with toasted nuts and granola for a tropical breakfast.
15. Tamarind Pork with Pineapple-Ginger Chutney
The key to this recipe is all in the chutney. With a touch of full-bodied rum and a kick of spice, you’ll be eating it by the spoonful.