Nothing screams vacation quite like a blended, creamy piña colada. While a traditional, rum-filled piña colada is not cleanse-approved, you’ll get the same flavors in these simple piña colada popsicles. They’re the perfect balance between sweet, sour, and creamy for a cleanse-approved dessert to help keep you cool.
Benefits of pineapple
Pineapple is the ideal sweetener for these popsicles. Pineapple is also an excellent base for dessert since it contains enzymes that are helpful with digestion. Specifically, pineapple contains an enzyme called bromelain, which helps to break down protein into amino acids and small peptides.
The process of breaking protein down into its building blocks is crucial for ensuring proper absorption in the small intestine. Bromelain is often used as a meat tenderizer since it’s so efficient at breaking down protein. In addition to helping digestion, bromelain is also helpful at decreasing inflammation. It also promotes immune system compounds, helping to keep the immune system active.
Full fat for health
Full-fat coconut milk adds a decadent, creamy texture to these popsicles. You’ll also get a healthy dose of fat essential for absorbing the fat-soluble vitamins from the pineapple and lime. Vitamins A, D, E, and vitamin K require the presence of fat to be adequately absorbed and used by the body (this is why they’re referred to as “fat-soluble.” In addition to helping absorb essential nutrients, fat helps turn on our satiation triggers.
When we eat fat, it slows the absorption of other (usually quickly digested) foods like fruit. Eaten on its own, fruit would digest and absorb more rapidly than protein or fat, and this fast absorption has the potential to spike blood sugar or lead to hunger soon after. When paired with fat found in coconut cream, you’ll slow that process down and sustain a meal for longer periods. Food pairing like this is beneficial for giving digestion more regular breaks and increasing overall nutrition intake.
1/4 cup lime juice
2 tablespoons lime zest
2 cups pineapple (frozen or fresh)
1 can full-fat coconut milk
Popsicle mold and sticks
Zest and juice limes. Add all ingredients to a high-speed blender or food processor.
Blend on high until creamy and smooth. Pour the mixture evenly into each popsicle mold.
Freeze overnight. Store popsicles in the freezer until ready to eat.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble
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