Packed full of goodness with tropical flavours mixed in. This pineapple smoothie will help send cold germs packing.
Waaaahey, it’s a brand new year. Yesterday I spent the last day of the school holidays at home, snuggled up with my girls, which was lovely, despite us all missing our Christmas tree and having to resign the leftover chocolates to the cupboard until the weekend. Being honest, I was craving sweet stuff all day, which as we all know, is what happens when you go cold turkey…
Um…. no reference to Christmas dinner intended there at all. And I’m glad you cannot hear the rapping of my edgy fingers as I try to resist entering that forbidden cupboard now the kids are back in class. Instead, I’ve promised myself a week full of healthy foodie delights such as this smoothie – packed full of naturally tasty ingredients to get my nutritional intake somewhere back to normal.
If ever there was a smoothie I wanted to shout about during January, this is it. January is my least favourite month – grey, foggy, chilled to the bone cold and also distinctly lacking in fairy lights. I think you get the picture. This Pineapple Smoothie is like a glass of sunshine with tropical warmth thrown in to cheer you up. And boy, it racks up some health points nicely. I call it my Cold Busting Pineapple Smoothie. I admit, that isn’t the most enticing of names but when you look at the ingredients it’s well deserved. In the mix is:
- Pineapple – great for vitamin C but also a fantastic source of bromeliad. Bromeliad apparently helps prevent sinusitis and kick-starts the repair of a sore throat.
- Orange – more vitamin C, can’t get enough vitamin C this month….
- Ginger – brace yourselves, this one is not glamorous. Fiery ginger is not just great for giving a cold sufferer a warming hug in the throat. Apparently it’s an effective cold relief as it encourages your body to have a good old healthy sweat. This sweat gets a bit of a detox going but also promotes a potent germ fighting agent to help fight off colds and flu. So the next time you have a cold and get some advice to ‘sweat it out’ now you know why and how to do it. (I’ve just been reading about the ginger bath, which takes this sweating theory to the extreme. I’ll leave you to look that one up – it’s delightfully revolting.)
- Chia seeds – I’ve mentioned these wonder seeds in a previous post, but here I’m highlighting the level of anti-oxidants with strong immune boosting properties that they contain. This can only help to fight off those dreaded cold and flu germs.
- Coconut – I put this in really just to add a hint of creamy luxury to the tropical explosion in your mouth and transport you to a warmer place in you mind. However, some reports suggest that since coconut water is a good source of electrolytes (needed for hydration), if you’re feeling a little dehydrated, courtesy of your bug, the coconut water should help you out – bonus.
- Honey. Hello golden, oozing, sticky, sweet honey. (Can you tell my fingers are still reaching out to that illicit cupboard?) I can’t see how a small smackeral of honey in this smoothie can harm. Especially since it pairs with the others flavours so naturally. Obviously, honey also offers a fantastic soothing effect on sore throats. I’ve read that buckwheat honey is the best, but I have yet to find any around me.
This list of pretty much sums up why I’ll be drinking the Cold Busting Pineapple Smoothie for much of the month to come. I’m living in the hope that I don’t get a nasty chill – good luck if you follow suit.
- 250g / 1 1/4 cup pineapple - preferably frozen , cut into small chunks
- 240ml/ 1 cup coconut water
- 2 oranges - peeled , halved and seeds removed
- 10g fresh ginger - peeled & chopped
- 4 tsp dessicated/ shredded coconut - unsweetened
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 4 tsp runny honey
- Handful of ice (optional – depending how thick you like you smoothie, but recommended if your pineapple is not frozen)
- Fresh pineapple & toasted dessicated coconut to garnish (optional)
- Put all of the ingredients into a blender and whizz for 1-2 minutes until smooth
- Divide between 2 glasses, top with extra pineapple and toasted coconut if desired and drink immediately