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Fat Burning Foods Day 4

Today’s fat burning food is pineapple.

Can you say pineapple?

Sorry, I’ve got a 2 year old ya know and it seems like everything I say or do has to be turned into some sort of learning experience.  Not that I’m complaining, it’s kind of fun to watch kids learn, it just has its carryover effects.

But I digress…

Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits.  It tastes good, and it’s sweet so it helps to crave any cravings for sweets you may have.

But it’s also a very healthy, fat burning food.

It’s loaded with vitamins C, B1, B6, Manganese, Copper, plus it’s a decent source of fiber – especially for a fruit – and it’s sweet, very sweet.

A serving size is only a cup, which is pretty easy to eat.  I can snarf down a cup in a few seconds if I don’t get brain freeze first.

On top of the fat burning aspects of pineapple, it’s also very, very healthy.

It’s got anti-inflammatory and digestive goodness to it.  It has enzymes in it that help break foods down in your digestive system and cut down on inflammation that could lead to some nasty diseases.

I can’t pound this home enough with these fat fighting foods that they’re all going to be loaded with antioxidants and are great anti-inflammatory foods, which means they are going to be great at keeping you healthy, in addition to helping you shed some pounds.

When it comes to how to eat the stuff, I don’t think I need to give you any ideas for pineapple…it should be pretty straightforward.  Cut and eat.

But it does make a great addition to salads – not just fruit salad.  And one of my favorite summer meals is a combination of tuna, pineapple, cashews and some other fruits and veggies like celery and cranberries.

If you buy canned pineapple, always make sure it’s canned in water and not syrup or some type of sugar water.  Look at the ingredients.  There shouldn’t be any added sugar.

Personally I don’t like canned pineapple as much as fresh.  There’s just something about getting a pineapple, cutting it up and eating it fresh that makes it taste better.  Maybe that’s just me.

Plus, like I said earlier, pineapple is very sweet and it does help satisfy any cravings you might have for sweets.

Evenings are typically my time of day when I crave sweets.  We put Maren to bed and I come downstairs and want something sweet to eat.  If we have pineapple in the house, I’ll eat some of that and it usually satisfies that sweet tooth.

Do you like this weekly fat fighting foods series?  Do you have any suggestions or comments? Let me know if there’s a food you’d like me to research and highlight.

I always love your suggestions and comments – so let ‘em rip!

Have a great weekend!

The Fit Dad

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Comments (4)

  • Cheri

    I love pineapple too! One of the things that we do in my household is grill fresh pineapple. Pretty easy. Just spray a little bit of cooking spray on the pieces and grill lightly on each side. Tastes great with grilled chicken breast or pork. Or by itself as a dessert.

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  • The Fit Dad

    I forgot about grilling pineapple!

    Summer time is grillin’ time at our house and grilled pineapple is one of my new favorites to have with my steak or burger.

    Good one Cheri.

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  • Danielle Schaad

    Hey there,

    Very interesting note re pineapple. Because it is so high in natural fruit sugars, isn’t it high in kilojoules and therefore a bit harder to burn?

    I am losing weight and am really confused about which are the good fruits to eat for weightloss and which I should be avoiding. There are so many different stories! Is there an accurate list of these somewhere?

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  • The Fit Dad

    I wouldn’t get too worried about fruit.

    I’ve never encountered a person who consumes a lot of fruit who’s had issues with their weight. If I were to tell you not to eat fruit, that would be kind of silly.

    I’m going to tell you what I tell everybody else – eat lots of fresh produce, and that means lots of fresh fruits. If you’re still worried about the sugar content, just eat the fruit with something that’s got some protein and/or fat in it like almonds.

    Thanks for the question Danielle and let me know if you need anything else.

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