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A Spring Welcome

A Spring Welcome

“The sun is shining and the flowers are beginning to bloom- both signs that spring is finally here! What better to way to welcome the warm weather than with Whole Foods Market’s whole trade pineapples? A rare and luxurious fruit, the pineapple is historically a sign of hospitality. It represents a sense of welcome, good cheer, human warmth and friendly affection. At whole foods market, the whole trade pineapples are harvested with a commitment to ethical trade working conditions and environments.” – Wholefoods Market

I’ve partnered with my local Whole foods Market, in Wall Township NJ,

on a promotion called “A spring Welcome”.

All weekend long on my instagram, I’ve been showing off how I use the pineapple as a sign of hospitality by using my pineapples in a bunch of different recipes, and speaking about the medicinal benefits as well.

So what do you say?
Lets welcome spring & honor the pineapple throughout the entire season!
The pineapple is not only a fabulous spring decor, but a delicious component to all type of recipes!

Lets wrap up what I made this weekend

1. Golden Pineapple-Turmeric Smoothie

A delicious, sweet, nutrient dense smoothie made by blending Wholefoods whole trade pineapples, carrot, ginger, turmeric, lemon, coconut milk, banana, & baobab. You can find a detailed recipe under smoothies tab. Search Pineapple smoothie.

2. Pineapple salsa w/ Crunchy quinoa “meat” tacos

This delicious pineapple salsa was a great pairing to my quinoa meat tacos. Made by combining fresh Wholefoods whole trade pineapples + organic cherry tomatoes + cilantro + red onion + lime + jalapeno + salt & pepper to taste.

You can find the detailed recipe under recipes – mains – pineapple salsa.

The pineapple salsa made such a delicious topping to my quinoa meat tacos. I heated an ezekiel tortilla and topped it with kale, carrots, cabbage, crunchy quinoa meat, & pineapple salsa.

Talk about colors!

& the best part is the left overs. I made this meal on Saturday and had plenty left for a  I put taco salad lunch today. I used mache rossetes salad greens + purple cabbage + carrots + pineapple salsa + quinoa taco meat.

3. Pina Colada Amazeballs

The name explains it, there amazing!

With only a few whole ingredients these Pina colada balls are the perfect little energizers or go to post workout snacks. You can find the detailed recipe under recipes-sweets-amazeballs.

4. Mache Rosettes salad w/ pineapple dressing

The dressing features Whole foods whole trade pineapple.
I used the juice of of pineapple in the dressing.

To make the dressing blend:
1 tbsp olive oil
a few pineapple chunks
1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
fresh cracked black pepper to taste.

5. Share the love with your pet

According to the American kennel club, “Raw pineapple, in small amounts, is an excellent snack for dogs.

{Not Canned pineapple though, The syrup in canned fruits contains too much sugar for dogs’ digestive tracts to handle}.

A few chunks of bite size raw pineapple are great! Plus, frozen pieces of fresh pineapple make a delicious treat in the spring .

Lucca’s favorite is frozen pineapple, hes only 8lbs so he gets one bite size cube and loves every bit of it!

So why pineapple?

The pineapple, known for its incredible benefits in immune support, bone strength, eye health, digestion, and anti inflammatory components. Pineapple strengthens bones & combats arthritis & joint pain. Manganese is the main component found in pineapple responsible for bone health. Only one cup of pineapple is roughly 75% of the daily requirement for the human body. Also, one serving of pineapple a day can decrease signs and symptoms of arthritis due to its anti inflammatory properties. Pineapple also gives relief for sore muscles, so its great to eat or drink recovering from a hard workout or injury. 

Pineapple helps ease digestion in a few different ways. Pineapple has a strong fiber content, only one cup is 10% of the recommended daily value. Pineapple is cleansing to the colon, preventing hardening and making passage easier. Bromelian, found in pineapple, helps process proteins that are difficult for the body to digest; easier digestion for the body. Bromelian regulates pancreas secretion to aid in digestion process and helps in treatment of indigestion by acting as anti-inflammatory agent.

Lets welcome spring & the season for  pineapples!

Visit your local Whole foods Market for the freshest selection of whole trade pineapples!

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