Shower and a Smoothie

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I start my day out on the right foot with a hearty breakfast of toast with nut butter, a banana and a cup of coffee, but some days, it just feels right to make my “second breakfast” a really delicious blend of fresh and frozen fruit, like this:

1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1/2 cup of frozen blueberries
1-2 frozen bananas (in chunks)
1 cup frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp. coconut yogurt

2 Tbsp. flax meal
1 heaping tsp. dried ginger
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup Kiju cherry-pomegranate juice (or other juice of your choice)
1/2 cup filtered water.

Whiz her up, and pour for some groovy morning fruity-goodness! (Now for that shower!)

Pineapple, upside-down (no cake)

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I bought a gorgeous organic pineapple a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve always found the cutting up of this fruit to be a bit of a challenge, so I figured I’d look at some YouTube videos to assist me.  I had heard that if you could pull the spiny leaves out with your hand then it was meant to be ripe. When I watched the video, it said you should be able to smell the pineapple if you put your face up to it.  I did this, and I couldn’t. You also should see a nice golden colour on the outside. Again, I could not.

In one video, it said to put your pineapple in the fridge upside-down for about 30 minutes before cutting it to allow all the natural sugars to disperse rather than collect at the bottom. Well, since mine was definitely not ripe, I left it out for a while (for that, read, a week) in a bowl on my buffet and kind of forgot about it.  You could say it must have been REALLY unripe because after a week it was still not smelling very much like a nice pineapple.

I decided to pop it in the fridge, upside-down. I put it in the side-door where I keep cartons of soy and almond milk and bottles of carbonated water, and left it again, for another week. Crazy, eh?

Well, yesterday I finally got out my big knife and set to work on the pineapple and you know what? It was perfect! It carved up beautifully and I have a nice container of pineapple chunks ready for fruit salad, or a smoothie, or putting into a savoury dish for some juice and sweetness. Or even just for snacking.

Alo-HA!