8/29/17

Simple Pineapple Slushee

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The days of summer may be drifting off, but I'm determined to hold onto them and make them last. My kitchen counters proudly display a bountiful harvest from local farms and markets and I can't wait to come up with something creative and filling for the whole family. Peach cobbler, apple crisp, carrot muffins, gazpacho, eggplant and zucchini stacks. The options are always endless when fresh produce is so abundant.

The other day I had some freshly frozen pineapple that I wanted to use up because I am attempting to clean out the freezer before stocking it for fall. I decided to surprise the kids with an after school treat; pineapple slushees. Before we changed our lifestyle and cut out processed foods, sugars, preservatives and starches, my son used to love slurping slushees by the pool. Of course I knew these were full of sugar and dyes and I strongly encouraged my kids to make better choices, but every once in awhile I turned an eye and allowed them as a treat. Fast forward almost three years later and that treat is no longer an option. But to be honest, my other children have no desire for such a treat either. Our tastebuds have changed and it is most definitely for the better.

So what do we treat ourselves to these days? Pineapple slushees of course! Did you know this sweet tropical fruit is a great source of fiber and bromelain, an enzyme that can aid in digestion and even reduce bloating and indigestion. Pineapples are also a wonderful source of vitamin C and can help reduce inflammation in the body. And guess what moms? Pineapple is rich in manganese, a mineral required for building collagen, which is a structural component of skin that prevents loss of elasticity and wrinkles. It looks like these pineapple treats benefit both parents and kids!

Pineapple Slushie
yield:6 servings
SCD, Gluten-free, Sugar-free

INGREDIENTS:
16 ounces frozen pineapple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup homemade yogurt (or plain yogurt)
2 Tbs. water

INSTRUCTIONS:
Place all ingredients in a blender or Vitamix and combine until thick and creamy. Pour into individual glasses, serve and enjoy.

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