How To Cut and Pick A Pineapple

Love fresh pineapple but not sure how to cut it? Scroll on down for a tutorial on How to Cut a Pineapple and our best tips for picking a ripe one at the grocery store.

Diced pineappleHow to Cut a Pineapple

Pineapples are SO JUICY and so naturally sweet. Pineapple makes the perfect after dinner treat. They’re also one of the least expensive and most popular additions to fruit salad. All of that is well and good, but you may be asking yourself how on earth do you cut one? If you’ve never cut a pineapple it can feel intimidating! Fear not, we’re showing you just how to do it in a few easy steps! 

Step by step guide how to cut a pineapple

Step 1: On a steady surface cut off the prickly crown of the pineapple.

Step 2: Turn the pineapple around and trim off the bottom, to about 1″ inch up from the bottom.

Step 3: Put the pineapple on the flat surface to steady the fruit. This is always important with anything you are cutting up!

Step 4: Trim the green/brown sides from the pineapple. Preserve as much as the sweet yellow flesh as possible.

Step 5: Remove all of the “eyes” (which are the holes with the fibrous spike on it) on the pineapple with a small pairing knife.

Step 6: Cut out the hard woody core: Locate the core (you can see it is the middle part that looks distinctly different) and then cut right up against it through the pineapple. Repeat this four times until you’ve cut the core out and you are left with 4 large chunks of juicy pineapple.

Step 7: Lay one of the large flat surfaces of the pineapple on the cutting board and slice it into 1″ rings.

Step 8: Turn the pineapple and cut from the opposite side to make a large dice! Repeat with all of the large pieces until the pineapple is all diced up.

how to know when a pineapple is ripeHow to Pick a Ripe Pineapple

Pineapples are a tricky fruit to tell if it is ripe! Here are some quick ways to tell if your pineapple is ripe:

  • Look for a pineapple with green fresh looking leaves.
  • If that leaves pull off easily at the center, it’s a sign that it is ripe
  • Smell the bottom: if it’s smells like pineapple you are on the right path. If it smells fermented than it is overripe. If it doesn’t smell like anything then it is not ripe.

Check out these pineapple recipes:

perfect cut pineapple

Berries and Cream Parfaits

Berries and Cream Parfaits {Dairy-free} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

This Berry and Cream Dairy Free Parfait recipe is the perfect healthy treat when looking for a simple dairy-free and vegan friendly option! They come together quickly with only 4 ingredients and just the right amount of sweetness!

berries and coconut cream parfaitBerries and Cream Dairy Free Parfait Recipe

Hello perfect dairy free summer dessert recipe! This no-bake stress-free summer time treat is perfect for when you are craving something a little sweet but still want to keep it healthy and nutritious. This would also be a fun and seasonal 4th of July parfait to serve with the red and blue berries! Don’t want to use berries? You could also mix it up with some stone fruits like peaches or nectarines as well.

Sometimes simple is better, and this four ingredient dessert is it.

Ingredients Needed:

Dairy free summer dessert recipeTips for Making Coconut Whipped Cream

  1. Look for coconut cream instead of coconut milk. It will give you more of the solid part of the coconut milk that you need to whip up.
  2. You absolutely must refrigerate your coconut cream. We recommend doing so for 24 hours, but if you are in a pinch, 8 hours will work.
  3. Use powdered sugar as a sweetener. It helps thicken the consistency of the coconut cream. If you were avoiding refined sugar you could use honey, but it will result in a thinner whipped cream.
  4. Add vanilla to give it an extra flavor boost!
  5. Serve immediately. You can make it up to 4 hours ahead of time, but it can harden back up in the refrigerator if it’s left for much longer.
  6. If it does stiffen up too much in the refrigerator you can rewhip it again to get it to a consistency you desire.

Other Toppings for this Dairy Free Parfait Recipe

Want to add some extra toppings in to this parfait while still keeping it healthy? 

  • Chopped nuts
  • Chopped dark chocolate
  • Seeds
  • Nut butter drizzle

berries and coconut cream

If you like this summer dessert, check out these others:

Berries and Cream Parfaits
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Ingredients
  1. 1 can coconut milk, refrigerated for at least 4 hours
  2. 1/2 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  3. 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  4. 1-2 cups fresh organic berries (or fruit of choice)
  5. Optional: Garnish with fresh mint
Instructions
  1. Scoop out the top thick layer of coconut cream from the chilled coconut milk can into a large bowl. You can save the liquid for later to use in smoothies.
  2. Using a hand mixer or whisk, whisk coconut cream until it becomes light and creamy.
  3. Using a jar of choice, layer fruit and coconut whipped cream
  4. Garnish with mint and serve
Notes
  1. Tip: I always keep a can of coconut milk in the fridge in case I want to throw together a dessert with whipped cream
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30 Smoothie Freezer Packs (Budget-Friendly)

Smoothies are a delicious and easy way to have a nutritious breakfast QUICK. Today we’re giving you a guide on how to make 30 smoothie freezer packs, with 5 different smoothie recipes, using one shopping list, that’s budget-friendly and can be prepped in under an hour! They’re paleo, vegan and will keep you satisfied until lunch!

Smoothie Freezer Packs in the freezer

30 Budget-Friendly Smoothie Freezer Packs

Smoothie freezer packs are so popular right now! You can order them via subscription or purchase them by the pack at most stores. We’ve tried some, and enjoyed a few, but ultimately they are SO expensive. So today we’re bringing you the best of both worlds: a convenient and delicious breakfast smoothie that you can make-ahead to grab and go that WON’T break the bank.

Let’s break down the math:

One month’s worth of smoothie subscriptions can cost you about $240! Yes, there is definitely a convenience factor, but if you make your own, you control the ingredients and sweetness and it is SO much more affordable. Our 30 days worth of smoothie packs came in at a minuscule: $46.33!!! Or about $1.50 per smoothie! And we timed ourselves making the smoothie packs and can confidently say it should take you no more than 1 hour, or less, to put them all together.

Freezer Pack Smoothie Series

We wanted to use one shopping list interchanging the ingredients as much as possible when putting together these recipes. We came up with 5 smoothies that are all their own flavor, while still using some of the same ingredients. We’ve made a SHOPPING LIST  that you can find below, as well as in the notes of the recipe.

It was also important that we kept the ingredients as common as possible so they’re easy to find. We’ve offered a few substitutions in the recipe for ingredients that are less common, like cacao nibs. And while we tend to like a sweeter smoothie, we know some people would prefer to keep it as low sugar as possible, so sweetness is optional for most (except the cacao ones, which we definitely feel that the bitterness needs to be countered). You can use maple syrup, honey, or stevia (use the amount suggested on your brand) to sweeten your smoothie.

Freezer Pack Smoothie Series

 Tips to Make and Use Smoothie Packs

  • Where should I shop? We recommend purchasing the fruit at a large box store that offers organic frozen fruits, like Costco or BJ’s, or a place like Trader’s Joes (this is where we purchased some of our ingredients). Amazon Fresh also has some great options for bulk fruit.
  • How Do I Make Smoothie Freezer Packs? Simply place all the specified ingredients, except the milk, inside a plastic bag (or better yet, a reusable bag) and freeze until ready to use, up to one month.
  • Can You Freeze a Smoothie for Later? We do not recommend blending the smoothie too far in advance. Smoothies are best consumed immediately.
  • Have Some Leftover Smoothie? We pour any leftover smoothie into a popsicle mold and enjoy later as a frozen treat. Kids love this! Though frozen smoothie pops are best consumed within a few days of making.
  • Items we love for smoothie packs:
    1. Reusable Silicone Bags
    2. High-Speed Blender
    3. Bag Opener (to fill your packs)
    4. Labels/Sharpies to label/date!

Freezer Pack Smoothies

Want more make-ahead smoothie freezer packs? Check out the whole series here:

Complete Shopping List (copy and paste to your phone’s notes/email to yourself):

  • 72 ounces frozen mixed berries
  • 42 ounces tropical mixed fruit (see note)
  • 30 ounces frozen spinach
  • 24 ounces frozen cauliflower
  • 21 bananas
  • 4 ounces Cocoa powder or Cacao nibs (we used a mix of both, but you can choose just one)
  • 8 ounces honey or maple syrup (optional, but we like it with it)
  • 6 oz mixed seeds of choice (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, flax)
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds
  • mint extract or fresh mint bunch

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30 Budget Friendly Smoothies

Prep Time 00:60 Total Time 00:60 Yields 30

Ingredients

For Tropical Smoothie (make 6 each):

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) frozen tropical fruit mix
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) frozen cauliflower
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon mixed seeds
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup or other)
  • For blending: 1-1/2 cups coconut milk

For Very Berry Smoothie (make 6 each):

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice (honey, maple syrup or other)
  • For blending: 1-1/2 cups almond milk

For Green Smoothie (make 6 each):

  • 1 cup (5 ounces) frozen spinach
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) frozen tropical fruit mix
  • 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mixed seeds
  • For blending: 1 cup almond milk

For Chocolate Mint (make 6 each):

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1 cup (5 ounces) frozen mixed berries
  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Drop of mint extract or small handful of fresh mint
  • For blending: 1 cup almond milk

For Chocolate Coconut (make 6 each):

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) frozen mixed berries
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) frozen cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • For blending: 1 cup coconut milk

Directions

To Make Smoothie Freezer Packs:

  1. For each individual smoothie flavor place all components except for almond/coconut milk in plastic bag and flatten and press any air out of the bag. You can use a straw to suck the air out, just be careful not to do this if you're using any cacao powder.
  2. Repeat this recipe for a total of  6 smoothies per flavor. Place in the freezer until ready to use.

To Blend Smoothies:

  1. Combine all ingredients, including specified milk, in a high speed blender.
  2. Blend until creamy, adding additional almond milk if necessary.

Recipe Notes

  1. If the tropical mixed fruit at your store has banana included skip it and instead get 16 ounces mango, 16 ounces pineapple and 16 ounces strawberry.
  2. Freezer packs will last around one month. After significant period of time of longer than a month the bananas start to get brown. That's when you'll know it's time to use them up!

Shopping List:

  • 72 ounces frozen mixed berries
  • 42 ounces tropical mixed fruit (see note)
  • 30 ounces frozen spinach
  • 24 ounces frozen cauliflower
  • 21 bananas
  • 4 ounces cocoa / cacao powder or cacao nibs (we used a mix of cacao powder and nibs, but feel free to pick one)
  • 8 ounces honey or maple syrup (optional, but we like it with it)
  • 6 oz mixed seeds of choice (pumpkin, sunflower, chia, flax, etc.)
  • 4 ounces sliced almonds
  • mint extract or fresh mint bunch
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Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

Fourth of July weekend is coming!  Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the all the parties! Let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

gluten-free cake for 4th of July

Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

This super easy cake is a great gluten-free and nut-free cake recipe for any occasion! Top it with your favorite fruit, clean sprinkles, and other naturally colored frosting flavors for a perfect grain-free cake recipe!

If you’ve seen my new gluten-free cake recipe, you know it’s pretty epic! BUT I get a lot of requests for a gluten-free cake that is nut-free and made with no almond flour! This cake is for you.

nut free cake recipe

This cake is…

  • Fluffy and moist
  • Gluten, grain, dairy, and nut-free!
  • Flavorful
  • Topped with a perfectly sweet and fluffy buttercream
  • July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day festive!
  • And loaded with fresh local, in-season berries!

paleo cake recipe with coconut flour

Want other festive paleo desserts? Try these favorites:

Nut-free 4th of July Cake

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Paleo 4th of July Cake
Serves 8
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 tsp baking powder
  5. Dash fine pink sea salt
Wet Ingredients
  1. 5 organic eggs
  2. 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce
  3. 1/3 cup raw honey
  4. 1 tsp vanilla
Easy Butter Cream Frosting
  1. 2 cups organic powdered sugar
  2. 1/2 cup grass-fed butter
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
Garnish
  1. 1/3 cup organic raspberries
  2. 1/2 cup organic blueberries
  3. 1/2 cup organic strawberries, sliced
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. Grease 8 inch round pan
  3. In a large bowl combine dry ingredients (sift if flour has clumps)
  4. Add in wet ingredients and whisk together
  5. Pour cake batter into cake pan
  6. Bake for about 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean
  7. Using a hand mixer, cream butter then slowly add powdered sugar and whisk to combine for 8-10 minutes
  8. Let cake fully cool before frosting
  9. Garnish with raspberries and serve
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How do you celebrate the 4th? What is your all-time favorite 4th of July festive meal?

Easy Kiwi Pops

Easy, customizable, and totally perfect for the summer months these Kiwi pops or bites are coated in chocolate and drizzled with your favorite toppings!

Easy Kiwi Pops

This month my blogging ladies and I are bringing you treats that you can make WITHOUT turning the oven on, because summer months and a hot kitchen is zero amounts of fun!

Healthy No Bake Treats

I am so excited about each of these recipes! Let’s get to it, shall we?


Raw Lemon Coconut Bars from Fit Foodie Finds

These raw Lemon Coconut Bars are naturally sweetened, gluten-free, vegan, paleo, and a perfectly refreshing dessert!

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Chocolate Cranberry Puffed Millet Cookies from Running to the Kitchen

 These puffed millet cookies are a no bake treat coated in dark chocolate and filled with dried cranberries and toasted macadamia nuts.

Chocolate Cranberry Puffed Millet Cookies-3

Raw Walnut Brownies from The Healthy Maven

4 ingredients is all you need to make these Raw Walnut Brownies. They’re gluten-free, vegan, paleo and refined-sugar-free but still taste incredible! Plus they take just 5 minutes to whip up. 

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Chocolate Caramel Banana Ice Cream Bars from Eating Bird Food

A healthy frozen treat, these banana ice cream bars are topped with date caramel, sprinkled with walnuts and coated with a crunchy chocolate magic shell. They’re absolutely delicious, vegan, gluten-free and paleo! 

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Frozen Salted Almond Joy Bars from Food Faith Fitness

These salty-sweet, super easy, no-bake bars taste like a frozen Almond Joy! They’re the perfect healthy summer treat that’s paleo and vegan friendly!  no-bake-bars-image 


Now, my favorite little fun summer treat. Super easy to prepare, customizable, and if you love kiwis like I do, they’ll be your new favorite (guilt-free) nighttime snack!Easy Kiwi Pops

Easy Kiwi Pops

Kiwi Pops
Serves 4
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
20 min
For the pops or bites
  1. 6 to 10 kiwis (adjust based on how many you want to serve. I get 2-3 pops or bites per kiwi)
  2. 1 cup dark chocolate, melted
  3. 2 teaspoons coconut oil
Add-ons
  1. Coconut Flakes
  2. Sea Salt
  3. Chopped nuts or seeds
  4. Caramel
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet or a plate with parchment paper
  2. Peel and slice kiwis between 1/4 and 1/2 inch thick.
  3. If adding popsicle sticks, insert sticks gently, then place kiwi pops or bites onto plate/baking dish and place in the freezer for 10 minutes or up to 30 minutes.
  4. Melt chocolate over the stove until melted then mix in coconut oil.
  5. Dip kiwi pops into the chocolate, using a spoon to assist adding the chocolate onto the kiwi if easier.
  6. Return to parchment paper, top we desired toppings, and place in the refrigerator until chocolate sets.
  7. Store in the refrigerator, covered, for 2 days.
You'll Also Need
  1. Popsicle Sticks
Note
  1. You can leave the kiwi peel on, if you like. It's edible.
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 Easy Kiwi Pops

 What is your favorite no-bake recipe?