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How To Cut a Fresh Pineapple

Posted Mar 15 2010 4:59am

Oh, daylight saving time, I could kiss you! I know we’re only on day 2, but the effects are already measurable. I swear it was light out until 8:00 last night, and it makes me feel.so.happy! :D

In other news, my calves are screamin’ today! Second day soreness from the jumping jacks and jump roping in my 8 minute at-home cardio circuit has definitely settled in. Want killer calves? Jump rope. ;)

As I mentioned last night , I used some unsweetened vanilla almond breeze in this morning’s breakfast of a Banana Almond Protein Smoothie!

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In the mix:

  • 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
  • 1 Tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds

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I’ve been meaning to tell you about whey protein powder since I got it from my iherb.com shopping spree  awhile ago. Whey protein is a by-product of turning milk into cheese, although it is lactose free.

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It’s also high in amino acids, great for muscle building, low in fat and high in protein. I like it because this particular brand/flavor tastes great and really gives me a lasting, full feeling without adding a ton of extra calories.

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So into the smoothie it went! Blend, blend, blend and out comes a delicious, frothy, smoothie! It tasted like a banana milkshake, MMMMM! I stuck mine in the freezer last night and am letting it thaw right now so I can eat it with a spoon this morning. I like my smoothies best that way, because they last a long time!

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For lunch today, I packed a big, Mixed Salad. 

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In the mix:

  • Mixed greens
  • Spinach
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Dried cranberries
  • Low-sodium deli turkey
  • Almonds

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Have I ever told you that I have low iron levels? I do, so eating things like spinach really helps to keep my energy levels up. A multivitamin (and chia seeds ) helps with the rest.

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To be tossed in some Annie’s Lite Raspberry Vinaigrette. :D

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Oh and some fresh pineapple that I cut up this weekend

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Speaking of… The last time I cut up a fresh pineapple, several of you said you didn’t know how to cut one up. Trust me, I’ve been there. I remember the first time I brought one home, I was like – mmmkay, what now?! Fear not, I’ll show you. :)

1. I’ve found that selecting a pineapple which is light green/yellow in overall color yields the sweetest fruit. You also know it’s ripe when you pull a green “frond” from the top and it plucks out easily.

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2. Lay the pineapple on it’s side on a big cutting surface. With a sharp knife, cut the bottom and top ends off.

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Note: I like to keep a trash bag next to the pineapple so I can just throw all the scraps in there easily.

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3. Place the pineapple right side up on one of the newly cut sides.

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4. Using a sharp knife, cut the rind off the fruit, following the natural curve of the pineapple.

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5. Once you have all the rind off, go back over the fruit to remove any of the hard “eyes” that remain.

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6. Cut your pineapple in half length wise.

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7. Cut each half in half, so you now have 4 quarters.

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8. Place a quarter flat side down and, placing your knife at an angle, cut out the tough core.

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9. Cut the cored quarter into slices lengthwise, and chop!

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See? It’s not so hard! It truly gets easier every time you do it too, so get to practicing! ;)

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With that, I’m out like a trout. Have a wonderful Monday and enjoy the suuuuunshiiiiine!

PS In case you missed it, check out my quick & easy St. Patrick’s Day Chocolate Mint Pie recipe. It’s a tasty dessert, perfect for any festivities this week!

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What’s your heritage?

I have Czechoslovakian on my Mom’s side, and Welsch on my Dad’s!

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