Monday, June 11, 2012

Pineapple Sorbet vs. Pineapple Whip.

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)

Calories 125.2

  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 %

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