Get Your Daily Dose of Vitamin C With These Tropical Snacks
Whether you start longing for something sugary around 3 or you’re dreaming of a bag of chips at 4, it can be hard to resist unhealthy temptations when you’re hungry. To help combat our habit of making questionable, cravings-fueled decisions about our snacks, it’s best to keep some more nutritious options nearby. So that you can be ready for snack time when hunger hits, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite pineapple snacks – all with 5 ingredients or less, and all full of good-for-you nutrients that are ready to give you the energy you need to finish the day.
What Makes a Healthy Snack?
When it comes to snacks, not all options were made equal. Most nutritionists agree that a good snack should be filling and contribute to your daily dietary requirements. Ideally, that means it’s high in fiber, has plenty of vitamins and minerals, and contains some protein and healthy fats. Since most foods don’t contain all of that in one go, it’s best to combine a few options, either for an a la carte snack plate or in tasty recipes.
Pineapple, which is packed full of fiber, vitamin C, and bromelain, among other nutrients, is the perfect place to start for building the ideal healthy snack. It’s sweet but low in calories and it pairs wonderfully with a wide variety of options. With more than your recommended daily intake of vitamin C in just a single cup, it provides more of the vitamin than many other citrus fruits. Plus, it’s the only natural source of bromelain, an enzyme that can aid with digestion and reduce inflammation. As such a powerhouse of nutrition, pineapple has earned its title as a superfood. Adding it into your snack rotation is the perfect way to ensure you’re getting a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals every day.
Pineapple Orange Banana Popsicles
For something that’ll satisfy your sweet tooth but pack in the vitamins, try these fruit-filled pineapple orange banana popsicles. This frozen version of a smoothie is perfect for summer and, made in advance, is easy to grab when you need something tangy.
- 2 cups fresh chopped pineapple
- 3 bananas, peeled
- 2 oranges, peeled
- Pulse all ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
- Pour into popsicle molds and freeze until firm.
4-Ingredient Pineapple Fruit Snacks
You don’t have to be a kid to be craving some fruit snacks! Chewy and fruity, these gummies aren’t just fun to eat – they’re healthy too. Making them at home means reducing the added sugars and preservatives, resulting in in a candy-alternative that’s perfect for snacking on after lunch.
- 1 cup diced pineapple
- 1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 1/2 tbsp honey
- 3 tbsp unflavored gelatin powder
- Place the pineapple, honey, and orange juice in a blender and blend until smooth.
- Transfer mixture to a small saucepan and whisk in the gelatin.
- Heat the mixture over medium low heat until everything has dissolved, about 3-4 minutes. Don’t let it come to a boil!
- Pour the mixture into silicone molds and refrigerate for minimum 6 hours to set.
- Unmold and serve.
- Keep the fruit snacks in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about 1 week.
Rosemary Pineapple Mozzarella Bites
Apples and cheese may be a common snack pairing, but pineapple and mozzarella also make for a delicious combination. For those of you who love salty-and-sweet snacks, these sticks are sure to hit the spot. Don’t have time to prepare these in advance? They’re also a great choice uncooked – just toss some chopped pineapple and mozzarella balls together, drizzle on some olive oil, and add a sprinkle of chopped rosemary for a snack mix that’s healthy and portable.
- 2 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 Tbsp chopped rosemary
- 20 baby bocconcini balls
- 1/4 tsp chili flakes or red pepper flakes
- 1/2 cup Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple
- 20 cocktail sticks, or trimmed rosemary branches
- Place olive oil into a frying pan, add the rosemary, and place over low heat. Allow the oil to heat up and as soon as it starts to shimmer, remove from the heat and pour the oil into a heatproof bowl.
- Drain the bocconcini balls and place them into a separate bowl with the chili flakes. Shake gently to ensure each ball has a little chili on it, then set aside.
- Cut the pineapple into 20 small chunks.
- Place your frying pan back on heat and add pineapple. Cook over high heat for 2 minutes, then flip and cook on the other side for 2 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and tip the pineapple into the warm rosemary oil. Allow to cool.
- Take your cocktail stick or rosemary branch and push on a baby bocconcini ball. Add a chunk of pineapple and set onto a platter.
- Cover and keep chilled. Remove them from the fridge at least 15 minutes before you want to eat them.
Pineapple, Quinoa, and Almond Energy Balls
For the ultimate grab-and-go snack, try pineapple energy balls. Featuring dried pineapple (learn how to dry your own Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple!) and orange juice, these bites are deliciously tropical and full of vitamin C. Quinoa and almonds add valuable protein and healthy fats, for a small-but-mighty snack that’s guaranteed to keep you full until your next meal.
- 150 g blanched almonds
- 150 g dried Chestnut Hill Farms pineapple, chopped
- 1/2 cup cooked quinoa, loosely packed
- 6-7 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 4-6 tbsp crushed almond flakes, for coating
- Combine almonds, pineapple, half of the quinoa, and 6 tbsp of juice. Blend until mixture becomes moist and thick; it’s okay to still see bits of crushed almonds in the mixture. Don’t over blend, as the mixture can become too runny.
- Remove from blender, add the rest of the quinoa, and stir thoroughly. If the mixture looks too thick, add another spoonful of orange juice.
- Form the balls and roll in crushed almond flakes. Sprinkle some water on your hands while rolling to prevent the mixture from sticking.
- Chill the balls in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. Keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
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