It’s a rainy cold day day in NYC and all I can think about are tropical skies and sweet fruits like pineapples! I made a quick trip the local korean market (best place locally for ripe fruit) to get some ripe pineapple. We will use some of the pineapple in an indian “raita” dish – see recipe below (my version is dairy free) and the rest will be diced and frozen for future smoothies.
Pineapples are indigenous to South America, but grow in many tropical areas around the world. Pineapples are not only delicious, they are also good sources of vitamins and minerals. Let’s discuss some of the benefits:
- Anti-inflammatory Action:Pineapple fruit is very much known for its anti-inflammatory properties which prevent inflammation in arthritis patients and gives strength to the bones. It helps in reducing inflammation in bronchial tubes which generally arises due to bronchitis, inflammation of the mucous membranes in one of the airways or cavities of the body – Catarrh, sinusitis, sore Throat and gout. This is why it is a great addition to your post workout smoothies.
- Prevents Free Radical Damage: Pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants. They fight against free radicals in the body, preventing cell damage. These antioxidants help protect you from diseases like atherosclerosis, heart diseases, arthritis, various cancers etc.
- Thwarts Off Cold: Abundant in vitamin C and Bromelain, which fight against microbial infections.
- Promotes digestion: Bromelain, vitamin C and dietary fiber are abundantly present in pineapples which promote digestion.
- Strong Bones: Rich amount of manganese present in pineapples helps in strengthening bones and connective tissues. A cup of pineapple juice gives you roughly 73% of the required manganese for a day
- Healthy Gums: Eating pineapple benefits in strengthening your gums, keeping your teeth healthy and strong
Simple plant-based, gluten free and dairy free recipe with Pineapple. Check out our Amrita cookbook for a lot more recipes like this (download from main site)
- 1/2 cup chopped Fresh Pineapple
- 1 cup plain full fat yogurt (I use coconut yogurt – if you are ok with a dairy yogurt, I would recommend a greek yogurt) chilled
- 1/4 teaspoon Cumin Powder
- 1 teaspoon cane sugar (optional) or powdered Stevia
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped Coriander Leaves
- 1/4 teaspoon finely chopped Green Chill (optional)
- 2 teaspoons Pomegranate Seeds (adds color – but please use fresh)
- pinch of Salt
- Take yogurt in a bowl. Add cumin powder, sugar and salt, beat until smooth.
- Add chopped green chilli and chopped fresh pineapple pieces, mix well.
- Transfer it to individual serving bowls and garnish with
- Chop coriander leaves and pomegranate seeds
- Serve and Enjoy!
- It can be served as an accompaniment with your favorite meal. Serve it with any spicy rice dish like biryani or vegetable pulao or as a dessert.