Thursday, July 24, 2014


This week I had a nice treat. As some of you know I am into juicing. Earlier this year I bought a blender which allows me to pulverize whole fruits and vegetables with a little water and other goodies.  Every other week or so I put the blender to good use and enjoy making and drinking berry smoothies and green smoothies.

I seldom buy whole pineapples due to the cost.  But I found one on sale this week for $2.99. I thought it would make a nice change for juicing.

I added several slices of pineapple to a half a head of  romaine lettuce, ground flax seeds, a bit of ice and water. I pulverized it altogether in my blender and  made a green juice. It was nice and refreshing. Not too sweet because I only used a few slices of pineapple.

Pineapple has many wonderful vitamins and I know a lot of my friends who live in the tropics get a lot of pineapple in their diets.  But for those of us in Canada, a pineapple is a rare treat.

Pineapples are loaded with Vitamin C, B1, and smaller amounts of B2, B3, B5 and B6. It is also a great source of manganese, copper, magnesium, potassium, beta-carotene, folic acid, dietary fibre and an enzyme called bromelain.

I won't go into all the benefits of these vitamins, minerals and enzymes.  I will just say that a pineapple's nutrients are good for digestion, many inflammatory conditions (like gout, osteo and rheumatoid arthritis, carpal tunnel, etc.), respiratory conditions (it dissolves excess mucous) and sore throats.

Pineapple is very sweet and must be taken in moderation by those who have blood sugar issues so if you are diabetic you will want to use it sparingly.



Jo said...

Oh that green juice looks so yummy. Here in EA I only have a little handheld blender. But in SA I have quite a large one, much like yours so will check it out again when we go home. I wish I could send you a crate of pineapples. They only cost us Tsh1000/.60 US$ ! I love your posts, Penny. They're always so interesting and show a "clean" way of living. Blessings Jo

eileeninmd said...

I love pineapple, yummy! The juice sounds delicious, thanks for sharing! Have a happy weekend!

jabbott said...

I really love smoothies, I used to make a lot at one point. I think the green smoothie you made looks yummy and nutritious x

John's Island said...

Hi Joyful, This is just an excellent idea. I am going to give it a try. Coincidentally, I also got our blender out of the closet a couple of weeks ago. My next-door-neighbor makes a smoothie drink for breakfast each morning and gave me his recipe. He blends banana, apple, pear, pineapple, a few blueberries, and a small amount of water … the result is quite tasty. One full glass, about the size of your green drink, is filling. Thank you for sharing this healthful info! Have a great weekend! John

Susan said...

I bought a juicer but haven't used it very much. You are giving me inspiration. Susan

Joy said...

OH that juice does look good Joyful, and thank you for the info on pineapple - certainly worth including in one's diet!
Enjoy your Sunday, love and blessings, Joyxo

Cynthia said...

Your juice is the most gorgeous color!

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