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3 Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Boats You Need to Jump on Board With

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When I was younger, I never gave a second thought to the food I ate or the stress I consistently put my body under. My 20s were an exciting time with college, traveling, friends, and work. Truth be told, I felt invincible. It wasn’t until I received several unexpected diagnoses that I finally paused to assess my life.

I had no idea then but lupus, vasculitis, and urticaria were about to shake up my world. In addition to learning about medical treatments, stress management, and lifestyle changes, I began researching diet’s role in inflammatory conditions. With this knowledge — and my life long love for creating in the kitchen — a good portion of my time today is spent developing and photographing anti-inflammatory, healthy recipes.

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Cue the pineapple bowl. It’s no secret that pineapple bowls, or boats as some people refer to them, are enjoying their 15 minutes of fame. Pineapple has long been revered in the world of anti-inflammatory foods. Fresh pineapple contains bromelain, a protein-digesting enzyme known for its anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, one cup of fresh pineapple is a great source of fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, so you really can’t lose.

Go ahead, grab some fresh pineapples, get your island vibes on, and whip up any one of these anti-inflammatory pineapple smoothie boats this summer!

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Dragon fruit unicorn smoothie bowl

Pineapple, dragon fruit (pitaya), ground flax seeds, spirulina, and hemp offer a powerful anti-inflammatory combination that’s as beautiful as it’s healthy. The addition of almond milk, yogurt, and collagen powder help increase the protein amount and balance fruit sugar.

dragon fruit bowl

Start to finish: 25 minutes

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Servings: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 frozen Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk or other milk substitute (coconut, soy, hemp)
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 scoop collagen powder (I use Further Food, as it has no flavor)
  • 1 small container (5.3 oz.) of vanilla yogurt substitute (soy, coconut, almond)
  • 1/2 tsp. spirulina powder or E3Live’s Blue Majik powder
  • 1/2 tsp. raw honey

Optional topping choices:

  • fresh berries
  • coconut flakes
  • sunflower or hemp seeds
  • edible flowers

Directions

  1. To create the pitaya bowl: Place the banana, Pitaya Plus Smoothie Pack, pineapple, ground flax seeds, coconut oil, and milk substitute into a high-power blender.
  2. Blend on medium-high for 15-30 seconds until smooth and creamy. Don’t blend too long as it can thin the consistency.
  3. Pour into a bowl and stir in the collagen powder until it dissolves. Set aside.
  4. Next, mix the vanilla yogurt and spirulina or Blue Majik powder together in a separate bowl until you have a rich blue color. Add the raw honey and stir until smooth.
  5. Take your finished pitaya bowl and pour it into the empty pineapple shell. Using a spoon, swirl in the yogurt a little bit at a time. Be creative, as the rich blue swirls will give you the “unicorn” effect.

Consider topping your bowl with your favorite topping choice mentioned above.

Tips
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, add less milk substitute.
  • Consider placing your prepared bowl in the refrigerator or freezer to chill while you work on the rest.
  • Collagen powder tends to dissolve completely in any liquid and has no taste. If you prefer to use a heavier protein powder, such as rice or hemp, add this to the blender mix instead of stirring in by hand.
  • For some people, spirulina can give off a fishy taste, depending on the brand. Raw honey can help mask this flavor, but is totally optional.

Green giant pineapple smoothie bowl

Avocado, spinach, and flax seeds make a winning combination in the fight against inflammation. Plus the trio is a great source of fiber! Consider raspberries or strawberries as a topping to perfectly color complement this bowl’s green hue.

green giant bowl

Start to finish: 25 minutes

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Servings: 1 bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk or coconut water
  • 1/2 small Hass avocado, cut into chunks
  • 1-2 handfuls baby spinach
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1 scoop collagen powder

Optional topping choices:

  • raspberries
  • strawberries
  • coconut flakes
  • pumpkin or sunflower seeds

Directions

  1. Place the frozen banana, coconut milk, avocado, spinach, pineapple, and ground flax seeds into a high-power blender.
  2. Blend on medium-high for 15-30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and stir in your collagen powder.
  4. Pour the finished product into your empty pineapple shell and decorate with toppings of your choice.
Tips
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, add less milk substitute.
  • Collagen powder tends to dissolve completely in any liquid and has no taste. If you prefer to use a heavier protein powder, like rice or hemp, add this to the blender mix instead of stirring in by hand.

Berry tropical pineapple smoothie bowl

Raspberries, pineapple, flax seeds, and almond milk create a rich fruity flavor that’s full of fiber and anti-inflammatory properties. Add seeds and sliced almonds as toppings for an extra protein boost to this super tropical bowl!

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berry tropical pineapple bowl

Start to finish: 25 minutes

Servings: 1 bowl

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Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 tsp. ground flax seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 scoop collagen powder

Optional topping choices:

  • berries
  • pineapple
  • pumpkin seeds
  • coconut flakes
  • hemp seeds
  • almond slices
  • yogurt

Directions

  1. Place the frozen banana, pineapple, raspberries, ground flax seeds, milk substitute, and coconut oil into a high-power blender.
  2. Blend for 15-30 seconds or until smooth and creamy.
  3. Stir in collagen powder.
  4. Transfer into your pineapple shell and decorate with a topping choice or two!
Tips
  • If you prefer a thicker consistency, add less milk substitute.
  • Collagen powder, like Further Food’s product, dissolves completely in any liquid and has no taste. If you prefer to use a heavier protein powder, like rice or hemp, add this to a blender to mix instead of stirring in by hand.

Takeaway

You’ve likely picked up that the first step in creating a smoothie bowl is hollowing out the pineapple to use as its foundation. I like the following video, which shows how to get started. As a rule of thumb, you’ll need about 15 minutes to scoop out two bowls.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on these recipes and for you to share your favorites with me! What pineapple smoothie boats do you love?

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Marisa Zeppieri

Marisa Zeppieri is a health and food journalist, chef, author, and founder of LupusChick.com and LupusChick 501c3. She resides in New York with her husband and rescued rat terrier. Follow her on Facebook and Instagram @LupusChickOfficial.

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