This delicious smoothie not only tastes like you’re on a tropical island, it is packed with ingredients to enhance digestive, immune and respiratory health.
Pineapples contain the digestive enzyme bromelain which is found mainly in the core. Having sufficient digestive enzymes help us to break down our foods so that we absorb and utilise important nutrients. Bromelain, being anti-inflammatory is often used as part of a treatment plan for those with allergies and sinus issues.
Freshly grated ginger is powerfully anti-inflammatory and helps to boost our immune system. Having a strong robust immune system is vital for respiratory health as colds and flus are triggers for many asthmatics.
Kiwifruit is a great source of fibre and antioxidants including vitamin C, making this fruit useful for digestive and immune health. Vitamin C is thought to be beneficial in those that experience exercise induced asthma Click hereand those that experience common cold-induced asthma symptoms Click here
Immune boosting pineapple smoothie - Serves 2
1 cup fresh pineapple, core included
1 peeled kiwifruit
1 large handful baby spinach/silver beet/kale
Juice from ½ small lemon
1 teaspoon finely grated ginger
½ cup mint leaves
2 tablespoons white or black chia seeds
1 cup of coconut milk/ coconut water/ or ½ cup water + ½ cup coconut cream
1 cup ice
Method Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until smooth. The smoothie can be stored in the fridge in an airtight jar for up to 24 hours. Shake before serving.