I like to start my mornings with a good cup of coffee and a generous serving of fruits. Not only is fruit the healthiest option for our bodies, it also gives me enough energy to get through to lunch without snacking, and keeps my skin clear and radiant. Although there are some fruits, like berries, I consume all year round, I also believe in eating seasonal foods because it helps me diversify my diet, keeping it interesting and fresh.
One of my favorite fruits to enjoy in the summertime is pineapple. This delicious tropical fruit has a sweet and tart flavour that goes with absolutely everything and is packed with minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients that are very beneficial for the skin.
Eating pineapples helps to prevent the premature appearance of wrinkles, because pineapples are a rich source of antioxidants, including flavonoids, carotenes, ponyphenols, and vitamin C. These antioxidants are well-known for their ability to fight the free radicals that cause fine lines and wrinkles. Vitamin C is also able to brighten skin and boost the production of collagen, the protein that keeps skin firm and elastic. Just one serving of pineapple is enough to provide over 131% of our total daily need of vitamin C – you could hardly start the day in a better way than this.
In addition to free radicals, inflammation is another of the main causes of premature aging. Because pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme with anti-inflammatory properties, a diet rich in pineapple helps soothe skin and reduce inflammation in the body.
Pineapples are also a natural source of fibers, which helps promote the health of our gut and the growth of good probiotic bacteria in the intestine. This is essential to keep our digestive system healthy, and helps our body get rid of all the toxins and other harmful substances that would otherwise cause blemishes and diseases.
Because of its high amount of fibers and natural simple sugars (the good kind of sugar), pineapples have a high satiety value. When I eat pineapples for breakfast, I don’t feel the urge to have unhealthy mid-morning snacks, and this helps me maintain a healthy weight, and even lose a few pounds when I need to shed the extra weight I put on during the holidays.
I simply cut the pineapple into small pieces and then add a generous dollop of Greek yogurt for an added beauty boost. Greek yogurt is rich in probiotics, such as yeast and bacteria, that balance the flora in our intestine, which helps our digestive system function properly and our skin remain blemish-free. This recipe literally takes only a couple of minutes to make, so it’s perfect for busy working mums like me who don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, yet want to start the day on the right foot with a healthy breakfast. It can hardly get more healthy – or delicious – than this!