How to cut a Pinapple… Pina Colada Smoothie

by shereen

do you love pineapple as much as i do? as soon as i cut one and place it into a bowl, its gone within an hour..  and i only have 4 people in my house. when i was a young  girl, my first big vacation with my family was to Hawaii. the pineapple there was insanely delicious.. so sweet, so juicy! my dad bought a case and shipped it home. we ate so much pineapple our mouths were sore, but it was worth it. just don’t eat a case of it in a few days and you’ll be fine.

before you cut the pineapple, you want to make sure its ready. 1.) it should have a yellowish orange color (a little green is ok). 2.) smell it, it should smell like sweet pineapple.

pinapple

using a serrated knife: cut top and bottom off

cut from top to bottom along the body of the pineapple, removing the tuff skin (all the way around)

how to cut a pineapple

at this point: you can slice it into rings by cutting horizontally then using a small ring mold to remove center core or cut into chunks, like i have done below.

cut into 4 wedges

removing the core: place wedge flat on cutting board and cut inward on an angle, removing the core. (can discard core or save to infuse homemade ice tea).

once core is removed, you can cut into spears, dice, or mince.

i like to cut 1/2 of the pineapple into large chunks and flash freeze them, that way i have pineapple ice cubes to make smoothies with all week. {note: don’t forget when flash freezing, freeze each chunk separated on lined sheet tray, once frozen remove to freezer zip lock bag, that way they won’t stick together}

pineapple

i love drinking these after my spinning class. it gives me a rejeuventated pep and totally fills me.

Pina Colada Smoothie

Pina Colada Smoothie

recipe by shereen pavlides

 

1 cup vanilla low fat yogurt

1 cup frozen pineapple chunks

1 tablespoon sweetened flaked coconut

add all ingredients into blender and puree until smooth. serve.

makes: 1



2 Responses to How to cut a Pinapple… Pina Colada Smoothie

  1. Karol Lane says:

    Thanks so much for yet another scrumptious recipe! Sounds delicious and oh so refreshing! Question…would it be ok to replace the cup of low fat yogurt with a cup of Greek yogurt? I love the extra boost of protein that Greek yogurt offers!

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