Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Tropical Pineapple Core Smoothie

4 WWPP Posted by 9 years ago 15 Comments

I came up with this idea a while back when researching what foods aid in reducing swelling. I discovered that pineapple contains an enzyme called Bromelain which is an anti-inflammatory agent. People believe that it can aid in everything from asthma to cellulite. I’m not going to hop on the alternative medicine soapbox here (as I’m not an expert and don’t claim to be) but I do believe food should be our first source for nutrients. I think we jump to “pills” before looking at our diet. So instead of buying Bromelain supplements I researched a bit and found that a majority of Bromelain is found in the core of a pineapple.

I always knew the pineapple core was editable but it’s way to hard/chewy for me. I always just threw it away. Which I was never a fan of doing because it seemed like such a waste. It just never occured to me to think of a way to use it until reading about the Bromelain.

Alright this is becoming a very wordy introduction to a very simple idea. Instead of ditching the pineapple core of your next fresh pineapple try this idea to make it into a simple tasty smoothie! The core has an awesome pineapple flavor and a thick almost gritty texture when blended.

Tropical Pineapple Core SmoothieYou don’t buy fresh pineapple cause you don’t know how to cut it, you say. Ahhh I have a video for you! ;~P

Here’s what the toddler and I did this morning. As you can see.. he liked it! :)

  • 1 small-medium naval orange peeled
  • 1/2 medium banana
  • 1/2 of a pineapple core sliced
  • 2 ice cubes

Separate the orange into sections and pulverize in the blender alone. This will give you a liquid base.

Slice the pineapple core to help it blend easier.

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Add the banana and pineapple core to the blender . Blend until smooth. Add the ice cubes and blend again.

Drink away! :)

Here’s the toddler waiting patiently and then enjoying (my favorite picture of all time!) :)

Tropical Pineapple Core Smoothie - drinking

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
1 Entire Recipe
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
150 0g 5g old: 2 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
25g 0g 38g 2g

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    February 22, 2009

    How clever are you?! I had never thought to use the pineapple core in a smoothie! I always just end up tossing I'm going to have to try this!


    February 22, 2009

    lol I always just eat the core, since I don't mind the extra chewy-ness :) The smoothie sounds good though! And now that I have a magic bullet too, I make smoothies much more often. Thanks for the idea!


    February 22, 2009

    I always gave the core to the dogs (they love when the pineapple comes out of the fridge), but no more. Sorry puppies, hehe. Thanks for the info and the recipe!

    Krista S.

    February 22, 2009

    I always just eat the core. I like chewy stuff. The color on that smoothie is gorgeous! And my fave pic of Ryan is the lower left....I *love* that sly grin. Adorable!


    February 22, 2009

    What a great idea! I always just throw the core out, but no more! Thanks!


    February 22, 2009

    I never thought about keeping the core. Now I have something to try it with. Thanks for the ideas. Keep them coming. BTW, do you have any ideas for making corndogs? The toddler loves them and that is what he has been eating now for the past weeks. Thanks!


    February 22, 2009

    Totally off topic, but I'm diggin' his Scooby Do band-aid :)


    February 22, 2009

    That is a great idea ... and I see a Magic Bullet blender cup! :D (Love mine!)


    February 23, 2009

    Great idea - and I also have a magic bullet blender which I love. IT is so versatile.

    My First Kitchen

    February 24, 2009

    I'm so glad you said that about food being our first source of nutrients. Somehow I don't think a diet of brownies and cheeseburgers supplemented with a multi-vitamin is the way to go. :)


    March 1, 2009

    Yum!!! I tried this yesterday and it was really good. It was a little bit to "banana-y" for me, so when I made it today I zested the orange into the blender before I peeled it and it gave it a bit more of an orange flavor that I loved!


    March 19, 2009

    I finally got a chance to make this today. Yum! I didn't have any banana on hand, so mine is just the core, a cutie orange and some ice. Love my Magic Bullet! Thanks for posting this. It's very fresh and light tasting.


    June 6, 2010

    Pineapples are awesome... good stuff!

    Sandy Rothoff

    August 23, 2011

    Just thought I would pass on another use for the pineapple core: I julienne the core and saute it and add it to my stir-fry dishes. the sweetness and crunch add pleasure to the dish. Thanks for the info on bromelain. My husband is a diabetic and natural meds are best!


    November 23, 2013

    I went to my supermarket produce section and spoke to the person who cuts the pineapple and packages it for sale. He said that the cores just go to compost and was willing to sell them to me very cheaply (49 cents/lb). It's almost thanksgiving and here's a newly written turkey song. Enjoy! Thanksgiving Turkey Song - Ben Lovenheim - YouTube