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The Summer of Pineapple


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Cool Off, Relax and Unwind with Summer Pineapple Treats

Summer has arrived and pineapple season is in full swing. Sweet, fresh pineapple may be the perfect snack to bring to the beach, but our favorite prickly fruit can reach beyond a simple afternoon treat. Check out our summer pineapple recipe round-up to find out how the queen fruit can help you cool off, relax and unwind this summer.

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Grilled Memorial Day Pineapple Treats

Fire Up the Grill this Memorial Day

Memorial Day weekend is the official welcome party to the summer season. Whether you celebrate the long weekend with BBQs, pool parties or beach days, it’s the perfect time to officially welcome sweet summer days. These Memorial Day pineapple treats are easy to grill up and perfectly capture the spirit of summer.

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DIY Pineapple-Mint Infused Water

A Refreshing Warm Weather Treat

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Looking for an extra delicious way to stay hydrated? Pineapple-Mint infused water is a smooth sip of summer in a glass. Easy to make, pineapple water is perfect for outdoor entertaining and is packed with health benefits!

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Pineapples in the Hospitality and Food Industry

Pineapple in Hospitality and Food Industry

What the Queen Fruit Brings to the Table

Tropical, bright and refreshing, pineapples are perfect to enjoy on an afternoon picnic or day at the beach. However, these prickly fruits are far more versatile than a summer day snack. As the official symbol of hospitality, pineapples have rich associations with social status, friendship and a welcoming spirit. From breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and décor, pineapples are a stunning addition to the food industry.

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Brighten Your Plate for National Nutrition Month 2019

Enjoy Every Bite of National Nutrition Month

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As the Earth blooms into spring, March brings an opportunity for transformation into our lives with National Nutrition Month. Sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, National Nutrition Month highlights the importance of making informed food decisions and developing beneficial eating habits in our day-to-day.

From lack of time to staying on budget, there are plenty of reasons we eat the way we do. In fact, 82% of Americans do not want to give up foods they like in order to eat healthier. However, incorporating a few smart swaps into meal prep can actually bring an abundance of flavor and nutrition to your food habits.

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The Difference Between Fresh & Canned Pineapple

Reap Health Benefits with Fresh Pineapple and Fresh Pineapple Juice

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When a recipe calls for pineapple, don’t start looking in the canned food aisle! There is a significant difference in the nutrition value of canned vs fresh pineapple, which we are going to highlight below.

According to NutritionData.com, canned pineapple in juice has only about 60 percent as much vitamin C as fresh, raw pineapple. Canning pineapple also destroys a key anti-inflammatory enzyme called bromelain – which is one of the best benefits of consuming the sweet fruit. According to Medical News Today, bromelain can relieve sinus problems, reduce inflammation and improving digestion, making it a powerhouse for flighting off colds and flus.

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Stand Tall and Wear a Crown for Back to School

Back to School Pineapple Advice

A pineapple is everything that you want to be on your first day back to school: they stand tall, wear fabulous crowns, and are sweet on the inside! With the new year quickly approaching, it’s normal to feel a little anxious about the big first day back to school. With new classes, new friends, new teachers and new challenges…it can be a lot to handle. To lend a hand, we have compiled some back to school tips as perfect as our pineapples!

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5 Amazing Pineapple Health Facts for Year-long Benefits

Pineapples are not only delicious, but also have a plethora of health benefits. Check out the video below for 5 pineapple health facts you may not be as familiar with. (i.e., did you know pineapple can reduce eye fatigue? Rest your eyes on that!)

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Keep Heart Healthy

In the United States alone, there are more than 3 million cases of vascular disease reported each year. Often associated with vascular disease are blood clots. Now let’s be fair – blood clots are healthy and lifesaving when they stop bleeding. But they can also form when they aren’t needed. That’s when things get tricky. Blood clots can also cause a heart attack, stroke or other serious medical problems.

Why do blood clots form? Causes of blood clots may include certain heart conditions, pregnancy, prolonged immobility, smoking, certain medications, surgery and inherited blood clotting disorders.

For some of those causes, there’s not much you can do to prevent a clot from possibly happening. But for others, believe it or not, pineapple can help!

A proactive and very natural approach, consuming pineapples has been proven to reduce the risk of blood clots by thinning the blood. Get ready, because here we go with that bromelain again. (It’s a very, very busy enzyme)!

Bromelain helps to trigger an anti-inflammatory response. Because of their bromelain levels, pineapples can help reduce excessive coagulation of the blood. This makes pineapple a good snack for frequent fliers, pregnant women, long-time “sitters” and others at risk for blood clots.

Actually, this is one reason why you will almost always see flight attendants have a full stock of pineapple juice.

Neat fact, right? The more you know!

Dr. Lloyd

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