3 Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Bowls to Sweeten Your Summer

 

When I was younger, I never gave a second thought to the food I ate or the stress I consistently put my body under. My 20s were an exciting time with college, traveling, friends, and work. Truth be told, I felt invincible. It wasn’t until I received several unexpected diagnoses that I finally paused to assess my life.I had no idea then, but lupus, vasculitis, and urticaria were about to shake up my world. In addition to learning about medical treatments, stress management, and lifestyle changes, I began researching diet’s role in inflammatory conditions. With this knowledge — and my life long love for creating in the kitchen — a good portion of my time today is spent developing and photographing anti-inflammatory, healthy recipes.Cue the pineapple bowl. It’s no secret that pineapple bowls, or boats as some people refer to them, are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. Pineapple has long been revered in the world of anti-inflammatory foods. Fresh pineapple contains bromelainTrusted Source, a protein-digesting enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, one cup of fresh pineappleTrusted Source is a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, so you really can’t lose.Go ahead, grab some fresh pineapples, get your island vibes on, and whip up any one of these anti-inflammatory pineapple smoothie boats this summer!

Dragon fruit unicorn smoothie bowl

Pineapple, dragon fruit (pitaya), ground flax seeds, spirulina, and hemp offer a powerful anti-inflammatory combination that’s as beautiful as it’s healthy. The addition of almond milk, yogurt, and collagen powder help increase the protein amount and balance fruit sugar.

Start to finish: 25 minutes

Servings: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 frozen Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or other milk substitute (coconut, soy, hemp)
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use Further Food, as it has no flavor)
  • 1 small container (5.3 oz.) of vanilla yogurt substitute (soy, coconut, almond)
  • 1/2 tsp. spirulina powder or E3Live’s Blue Majik powder
  • 1/2 tsp. raw honey

Optional topping choices:

  • fresh berries
  • coconut flakes
  • sunflower or hemp seeds
  • edible flowers

Directions

  1. To create the pitaya bowl: Place the banana, Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack, pineapple, ground flax seeds, coconut oil, and milk substitute into a high-power blender.
  2. Blend on medium-high for 15-30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Don’t blend too long as it can thin the consistency.
  3. Pour into a bowl and stir in the collagen powder until it dissolves. Set aside.
  4. Next, mix the vanilla yogurt and spirulina or Blue Majik powder together in a separate bowl until you have a rich blue color. Add the raw honey and stir until smooth.
  5. Take your finished pitaya bowl and pour it into the empty pineapple shell. Using a spoon, swirl in the yogurt a little bit at a time. Be creative, as the rich blue swirls will give you the “unicorn” effect.

Consider topping your bowl with your favorite topping choice mentioned above.

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