Cinnamon & Honey Seared Pineapple
Before we get in to how delicious this seared pineapple recipes is, we need to talk about something.
It’s at the core of acne.
In order to get rid of breakouts once and for all, you need to be addressing the systemic inflammation in your body.
Inflammatory foods like refined vegetable oils, sugar, and food intolerances (as well as stress, infections and lack of exercise) all lead to this inflammation.
Most often, you can’t see it because it lives deep inside your tissues and cells.
But the one place you do start to see it? On your skin in the form of those painful, red and angry looking breakouts hanging out on your face (or body).
Acne has been shown to be primarily a disease of inflammation.
The best way to combat this is through and anti-inflammatory diet.
Not only removing inflammatory foods but including ones that reduce it.
Keeping Sweet Treats
One of my clients in The Clear Skin Solution, Lisa, voiced her biggest concern about healing up her skin. Dessert.
She was a big dessert fan and was stressed at the thought of having to give up anything sweet (which is a common fear for my clients).
Thankfully, I’m quickly able to calm their worries by letting them know I do not expect them to give up sweet treats and desserts. They just have to be cautious of the ingredients used and make sure they are….you guessed it:
While I have many dessert recipes I offer up to them (see the list at the end of the blog), an simple one that they all love is my Cinnamon & Honey Seared Pineapple.
It’s quick and can easily feed a crowd a light dessert post dinner-party. And it’s especially popular after a summertime BBQ on the patio.
Tip: I usually have this cinnamon & Honey Seared Pineapple with some unsweetened coconut yogurt, blueberry chia seed jam and hemp hearts for breakfast.
So let’s talk about why this recipe should be on your anti-inflammatory menu…
- Contains the protein-digestion bromelain that’s hailed for it’s anti-inflammatory properties. While most of the bromelain is found in the core of the pineapple, small amounts of found in the flesh/juice.
- High in the antioxidant, vitamin C which works to reduce oxidative stress in the body (another core cause of acne).
- High fibre and water content promote good digestion which is essential for moving waste/toxins out of the body.
- Warming to the digestive system which is important in any gut healing protocol (healthy gut = healthy skin)
- May help treat systemic and localized inflammation.
- Natural anti-microbial and anti-parasitic properties help support good gut health.
- May help fight fungal infections like candida.
- High levels of antioxidants help protect body against inflammation
While you may be wondering what gut health has to do with inflammation, it can be one of the most important elements alongside diet.
When intestinal permeability (leaky gut) occurs, it allows undigested food particles and toxins to enter into the bloodstream and cause systemic inflammation.
This is the same systemic inflammation we discussed earlier that leads to acne.
Which is why gut health is the first pillar in The Clear Skin Solution. It’s vital to address at the start of your skin-clearing journey through an anti-inflammatory diet.
More Anti-Inflammatory Desserts
- The Best Grain-Free Carrot Cake
- Paleo Banana Bread
- Easy Paleo Pumpkin Pie
- Creamy Chocolate Avocado Pudding
- 5-Ingredient Chocolate Avocado Truffles
- Lemon Turmeric Bliss Balls
- Layered Raw Cashew Cheesecake
- Grain-Free Blueberry Lemon Cupcakes
Truly an anti-inflammatory recipe, seared pineapple is perfect as a light dessert, snack, or on top of coconut yogurt for breakfast. Adding honey, cinnamon and a touch of lime brings out the natural sweetness of the fruit,
5 minPrep Time
7 minCook Time
12 minTotal Time
- ½ fresh pineapple, cored
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbsp unpasteurized liquid honey
- 1-2 tsp lemon juice (depending on desired flavour)
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- Melt coconut oil in a pan over medium-high heat.
- Slice the pineapple into spears and then chop into 1” chunks.
- Add to the hot pan.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon. Sauté for 3-4 minutes.
- Drizzle with honey and lemon juice. Sauté for 2 minutes.
- Remove from heat and serve.
When making for a crowd, I usually quadruple the recipe and use 2 full cored pineapples.