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I love summer because of the wide variety of fruit available, especially tropical fruit. One fruit that is very healthy and easy to incorporate into both sweet and savory dishes is pineapple.

In addition to being delicious, pineapple also contains a digestive enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain contains protein-digesting enzymes which is why pineapple is easy to digest. Research has also shown that bromelain is a phytonutrient—a nutrient in plants that helps us fight disease—which acts as an anti-inflammatory in the body. For this reason, pineapple can be useful in preventing and relieving conditions such as joint pain and arthritis.

Pineapples are rich in a trace mineral called manganese. Manganese is important in our body for energy metabolism and skin, bone and cartilage formation. Pineapples also contain vitamin C, which is an important antioxidant and helps support our immune system.

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Food nourishes us nutritionally and energetically. Blessing our food should be a very important part of mealtimes, to thank the universe for the energy and nourishment that we are about to receive. One blessing I like is by Iyanla Vanzant:

Blessing for a Meal

Dear God:
Thank you for preparing this table before us.
Thank you for the bounty of the earth, which nourishes our bodies.
Thank you for the abundance of your goodness, which sustains our lives,
  strengthening us to serve you more effectively.
Thank you for the hands that prepared this meal and for
  the joy of being able to share it.
For all we have received and all that is yet to come,
God, we are thankful! We are grateful! We are fulfilled!
And So It Is!

Iyanla Vanzant —Every Day I Pray

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I am the mother of four daughters and a Certified Health Counselor, as well as a passionate advocate of organic and local food and a healthy lifestyle. I decided to become a health counselor to fulfill my passion of working with children and parents to improve their health and family life. Learn more about me at

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Roasted Vegetables with Pineapple (Serves 6):

  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 red peppers, diced
  • 1 pineapple, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 plantain, sliced (optional)
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Juice of 1 lime or lemon
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Put onion, red peppers, pineapple and plantain in a baking dish. Drizzle olive oil, maple syrup, salt and pepper. Toss well.
  3. Roast for 30 minutes, or until vegetables are soft, tossing occasionally.
  4. Remove from oven, sprinkle with coconut and add lime/lemon juice.

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