I bought a super fresh and deliciously fragrant pineapple the other day and immediately knew I had to make a juice with it. I threw in some oranges for extra vitamins and kale because, duh, and boom. Pineapple kale health juice. So good.Pineapples aren’t just incredibly tasty, they have some really incredible health boosting properties as well. Aside from their crazy high vitamin C content (one cup of fresh pineapple chunks provides 131% of your vitamin C needs for the day) and packing vitamins and minerals such as thiamin, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, manganese and potassium and antioxidants and polyphenols, pineapples have an incredible enzyme called bromelain. Bromelain has been proven to alleviate joint pain, arthritis, reduce inflammation, inhibit tumor growth and shorten recovery time following plastic surgery; drinking fresh pineapple juice can help reduce bruising. Studies suggest that bromelain and other such enzymes may be used with standard cancer treatment to help reduce some side effects (such as mouth and throat inflammation due to radiation treatments).
- 1 fresh pineapple
- 2 oranges
- 1 bag kale
- ginger (optional)
How to do it:
- Cut and trim pineapple. If you’re not sure how to do this, here is a how-to! Cut into juice-sized chunks.
- Peel most of the peel from the oranges, try to leave on the pith (the white stuff) as this has a lot of nutritional benefits. Cut into pieces
- Wash kale and remove thick stems from the leaves
- If you use ginger, peel it and cut into pieces
- Juice everything together, mix well, and enjoy!