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

Detox Smoothie Freezer Packs

This Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack is one of my favorites! A delicious make-ahead smoothie that is full of cleansing whole foods like pineapple, celery, cucumber, chia seeds, honey and lemon to nourish your body and assist with detox. This easy and healthy smoothie is the perfect start to your day.

detox smoothieDetox Smoothie

We are on week 4 of our Make-Ahead Freezer Smoothie Pack series! If you are a long-time reader of mine, you know that I believe that food can play a big part in not only keeping the body healthy, but also healing the body. This Detox Smoothie Freezer Pack is the end of a series of 4 nutritionally-minded smoothies packs that target specific health benefits. For the finale we’ll do a round-up and a bonus guide to making 30 Smoothie Freezer Packs that are budget friendly!

most powerful detox foods

This week we’re talking about how important it is to eat foods that naturally assist your body with detoxing!

Toxins are EVERYWHERE in our environment and unfortunately in the foods we eat. Our liver and kidneys naturally do a great job at detoxing, but it is also helpful to include foods that assist the body in detoxing. I have personally dealt with a lot of bloating throughout my gut healing journey so we wanted to incorporate some cleansing and de-bloating ingredients into this smoothie!

Best Detox and Cleansing Foods

Luckily there are a lot of of foods that assist in detoxing! Some popular ones are teas, citrus and seeds. Today in our smoothie we’re using pineapple, celery, cucumber, chia seeds, honey and lemon!

What is the best detox for your body

Check out the rest of the make-ahead smoothie freezer pack series:

Detox Smoothie Freezer Packs

Prep Time 00:05 Total Time 00:07 Serves 1-2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 stick celery, chopped in to 4 pieces
  • 2" piece of cucumber
  • 1 tablespoon chia seed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut water (more as needed)
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 scoop collagen peptides (optional)

Directions

To Make Freezer Packs:

  1. Place all ingredients except coconut milk and coconut water into a freezer safe bag. Freeze until ready to use, up to 1 month.

To blend:

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