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.
How 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 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 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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Repeat this recipe for a total of 6 smoothies per flavor. Place in the freezer until ready to use.
To Blend Smoothies:
Combine all ingredients, including specified milk, in a high speed blender.
Blend until creamy, adding additional almond milk if necessary.
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.
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!
72 ounces frozen mixed berries
42 ounces tropical mixed fruit (see note)
30 ounces frozen spinach
24 ounces frozen cauliflower
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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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 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.
This cake is…
Fluffy and moist
Gluten, grain, dairy, and nut-free!
Topped with a perfectly sweet and fluffy buttercream
July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day festive!
And loaded with fresh local, in-season berries!
Want other festive paleo desserts? Try these favorites:
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!