One of my favorite things about Springfield in the summer time is seeing these little trailers scattered across the city:
For $2.25, you get 8 ounces of heaven in a styrofoam cup.
“It just looks like soft serve,” you say. Well…yeah. But it’s SO much more than soft serve. Because it’s laced with bits of pineapple & full of pineapple juice & AWESOMENESS.
It’s also full of calories. About 200 by my best guess, though I think their website says 150. Other sites estimate 180-220 in an 8oz serving.
Pineapple is one of my absolute favorite fruits. Aside from being abundantly naturally sweet, it has tons of fiber, manganese, vitamins B1 & C, and can help ease arthritis, sinusitis, and indigestion. They’re also plentiful this time of year and can often be found on sale (Aldi’s is running a $1.29/each sale right now).
And with ONE pineapple, you can make 5 servings worth of your own frozen pineapple treat, with about half the calories.
1 medium pineapple, cut into chunks (outside & core removed), about 5 cups of chunks
1/2 cup sugar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor & pulse until smooth. If the mixture is too sweet, add more lemon juice—it adds a good balance to the sweetness of the pineapple.
2. Pour into a container, cover, & freeze for 3 hours, or until the top & edges are frozen but the center is still slushy. Then whip with a fork or place back in the blender to mix.
3. Pour back into your container & freeze for another 4 hours. Then scoop & serve!
For a more adult treat, you could mix in some coconut rum (50 calories per ounce) & have a mighty nice frozen cocktail!
And as my husband just showed me, it’s also delicious with a dollop of Cool Whip & some shredded coconut sprinkled on top!
NutriFacts: (for an 8 oz serving)
Total Fat 0.4 g
Saturated Fat 0.0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.1 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Sodium 1.0 mg
Potassium 114.7 mg
Total Carbohydrate 32.2 g
Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
Sugars 29.9 g
Protein 0.4 g
Vitamin B-6 4.2 %
Vitamin C 28.9 %
Copper 5.3 %
Folate 2.8 %
Iron 2.0 %
Magnesium 3.4 %
Manganese 77.9 %
Thiamin 5.9 %