I have been loving pineapple in my smoothies lately. All winter I was going for frozen blueberries all the time in my smoothies, but now that the weather it starting...slowly...to get a bit brighter and sunnier, pineapple just seemed more appropriate. It gives that tropical flare to everything you add it to. Light, summery, and refreshing. Plus it is beautifully bright and yellow which is my second favorite color after orange! You know I love bright summer colors (i.e. sunshine!) and pineapple is the quint-essential sunshine fruit, am I right?
Some Pineapple fun facts:
+ Anti-inflammatory and fights against illness
+ Has the proteolytic enzyme which helps break down protein, thus aiding in digestion
+ Rich in Manganese to help build strong bones and connective tissues
+ By drinking a cup of pineapple juice a day, it can help reduce mucus accumulation in the throat which is perfect for those colds
+ Chock full of Vitamin C
+ Prevents blood-clots because of its anti-coagulant properties
+ Prevents bacterial growth in the mouth, thus benefiting a healthy oral cavity
+ Can help reduce morning sickness in pregnant women
+ Tastes pretty damn amazing too!
I don't know if it is just me, but when I eat cut up pineapple, I really have to cut it up in small pieces. Why? Because if the pineapple touches the corners of my mouth/lips, it causes these weird sore/cut on the corner of my mouth. So I have to fork in the pineapple directly in the center of my mouth so this doesn't happen. Weird right? That's why having it in smoothie form is so much easier, haha!
I also don't have exact measurements for this smoothie. Smoothies really don't need measurements. It is really all to taste, texture/thickness preference. Once you have a good combo of ingreindts that go well toegther, the amounts really don't matter much. Really, who actually measures out their smoothie ingredients? Yea, maybe you measure out any protein poewders or superfoods you add, but otherwise I know no one has time for measuring out anything else. Just throw it all in there and blend away! That's why smoothies are quick easy go-to meals or snacks. They should take no time at all to make!
Pineapple Strawberry Smoothie
+ Romaine (1 to 2 cups)
+ 1 scoop of Vanilla Protein Powder
+ Frozen Pineapple (1 cup)
+ Frozen Strawberries (½ cup)
+ Water (just enough to get you desired thickness or thinness. Go slow with this and add a bit at a time)
+ 1 Scoop of Amazing Grass Green Superfood (optional)
+ 2 Ice Cubes (optional)
+ Add your Romaine first, then the frozen fruit, powders, and finally water and ice cubes. Blend, Blend, Blend!
Simple and refreshing! I don't like overly complicated smoothies. I like clean simple fresh tastes with minimal ingredients. Just pick a fruit or two, greens, and water. But I do like to add in protein powder so I don't get a sugar-carb crash and I feel more sustained.
In other news I am loving my new yoga books I got from Amazon! They make me feel like I have elevated my "yogi" status, haha!
Asanas 608 Yoga Poses is really awesome. Each page has a pose and the name. So much to try! I can't wait to take new yogi pose pictures this summer. But I do feel a bit awkward flipping through this book. Little did I know when I ordered it was that the poses are done by a man. Not just a man, but he is basically naked. See for yourself (mind you this is a less graphic pose. Some are pretty "revealing", hahahaha!) Ah, the beauty of the human form, ey?
The other book is The Language of Yoga: Complete A to Y Guide to Asana Names, Sanskirt Terms, and Chants. It is basically a yoga dictionary! Plus it has two CDs with the pronunciations and chants on them. Pretty cool 😉
Yup, so smoothies and yoga books! Happy random Tuesday to you all 🙂 Remember to check out the 2014 Gluten-Free Challenge post! I would love it if you would join!
So tell me:
+ Does Pineapple burn the corners of you mouth too? Please tell me I am not the only crazy person here!
+ What is the last book you read?
*Recipe linking up for the week! Allergy Free Wednesdays, #RecipeFridays, #RecipeOfTheWeek, #StrangeButGood, Gluten-Free Wednesdays, Healthy Vegan Fridays, Real Food Friday, Gluten-Free Fridays, Tasty Tuesdays, Whole Food Fridays, #Foodie Friday, Real Food Recipe Roundup!*
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