A Taste Of The Tropics: Pineapple Passion
January is nearly over, which means motivation for those infamous 'New Year, New Me' diets is probably dwindling. But in those times when a Chinese takeaway seems like a good idea, when you decide to skip breakfast for an extra 10 minutes in bed or when the crisp cupboard is incessantly calling your name - just remember, good food is your friend.
Living a healthy lifestyle should not be a punishment. It's about getting the best out of our bodies in order to be able to enjoy the things we love doing. As the saying goes; you are what you eat.
So, to give my body love and to keep my tastebuds on their toes, I drink smoothies. Now, you might be fed up of everybody jumping on the smoothie bandwagon but it really is a delicious and convenient way to fuel your body.
My Pineapple Passion recipe is the perfect smoothie for those who don't like 'green' smoothies. Although it has the base of a green smoothie (banana, avocado and spinach), the pineapple makes it more palatable for those who don't like the raw and earthy quality of veggie smoothies. And it's also a reminder that summer is on its way!
I also have a new-found love for chia seeds, so have been adding them to my smoothies. They are an easy, nutritious and anti-oxidant rich addition to your diet, providing you with a great source of protein, omega 3, fibre and calcium. So, why not?
5 sticks of fresh pineapple
1 ripe banana
1 handful of spinach
2 tsp of chia seeds
1/2 lime juice
Dash of water
1. Chop the pineapple, banana and avocado into small pieces and place in the blender.
2. Add the spinach and squeeze the lime for juice.
3. Add the ice-cubes and a dash of water.
5. Blend until smooth. Add more water to reach your desired consistency.6. Pour into a lovely large glass and enjoy!