No matter what Pineapples will always add a sweetness and tropical vibe to your smoothies, even if it’s the only fruit you add. I love adding pineapples not only to sweeten up the flavor but for its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. I dedicated yesterday’s Healthy Tip Tuesday post to inflammation and your food where I talked about how food can trigger inflammation in the body and if you eat the right foods you can combat inflammation. I deal with this issue all due to my illness so I really love when I can make recipes that incorporate anti-inflammatory ingredients.
The reason Pineapples are anti-inflammatory is because they contain an enzyme found in bromelain called cysteine proteases. These enzymes provide key health benefits including immune response and bone development. Pineapple is also rich in Vitamin C, 1 cup of this fruit and you’ve got more than 100% of your daily dose. It also offers high levels of Manganese and Copper and is a great anti-oxidant. Free radicals cause damage to our bodies, including being a cause for heart disease, asthma, arthritis and cancer. Anti-oxidants and Manganese help our bodies fight off these free radicals so we can remain at optimum health!
If you’re looking to add an every greater kick to your smoothies Maca is an awesome superfood packed with nutrients and power. Maca increases energy and endurance, provided needed oxygen to the blood and can even increase your mood! Maca is not like other synthetic and processed energy boosters, it will not overstimulate your body. Maca also offers high doses of calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron as well as copper and Vitamins B1, B2, C and E. It is suggested not to over use this superfood, so if you add it to your smoothies daily its best to take a week’s rest to ensure it efficiency.
1/2 cup frozen pineapple
1 ripe banana
1 cup spinach
1 tbsp Maca
2 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp protein powder
Sprinkle of bee pollen
Add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth, pour into your favorite cup and enjoy!