Happy Canada Day friends!
From my birthday and that of nearly every member of my family, June has been a busy month of Gemini’s and tonight’s birthday celebrations kick-start July with fireworks over the beach and bonfires over fire pits.
When you think of campfire food, is a marshmallow one of the first things to make a “pit” stop in your mind?
If so, I have the perfect swap for you!
Superior to marshmallows in just about every way.
The case? They are naturally tart and sweet (without being a slap to your sweet sensing taste buds), caramelize in the hot embers of your fire pit (without turning into a dangerous flaming ball of sticky sugar) and retain their juicy interior so as not to leave a chalky taste in your mouth that warrants a gulping jug of water before you can proceed to speak again.
We devoured this pineapple Friday night at the first bonfire of the season to commence the time of BBQs, campfires and today’s Canada Day celebration where this is the perfect holistic swap for a sweet and healthy treat.
So why do we have such a strong association with these sweets? Tradition. When it comes to kids and nutrition, I’m a big marshmallow and many of the things we do with food come from habits that we develop as children. In developmental psychology we call this the critical period. This is a time when development is rapid and where what we are taught is critical to forming habits we often carry through our life. This follows closely in the development of our children’s bodies and though we often think kids can get away with eating more junk food during this time (signs of nutritional deficiencies don’t show as prominently until later years) this is a period of rapid growth and development of their bones, organs etc. The early years are when we want to focus on developing healthy bodies and healthy habits alike.
I, personally, have so many fond memories being gathered around a fire in our campsites and roasting marshmallows to eat off a stick or squash between graham crackers and chocolate for s’mores. But the pineapple we roasted over Friday night was soft, sticky and sweet but also juicy and I can only imagine that if I was brought up eating this around a campfire, I wouldn’t have wanted anything else. It’s a simple change for a new tradition and with Canadians consuming an estimated 51-53 g of sugar per person per day, according to the 2014 nutrients study, it’s a needed change.
Marshmallow Vs Pineapple
- Every 100grams of the average marshmallow contains around 58 g’s of sugar!
- 100 g’s of pineapple contains around 10g
- The ingredients for marshmallows include: sugar, glucose syrup (more sugar), invert sugar (even MORE sugar), artificial flavourings, colourings, dustings of corn starch (often GMOs and one of the top food allergens)
- Pineapples are a whole food with no need for an ingredient list.
Random FACTS of kindness; does your tongue go numb from eating pineapple?
- Though it’s important to rule out a food allergy, pineapple contain the natural digestive enzyme bromelain which breaks down proteins and is used in many digestive supplements. This powerful enzyme is what makes pineapple easily digestible but may also be responsible for irritating your tongue and mouth.
- Cooking and heating deactivates these enzymes to reduce or alleviate this side effect.
Whether youre kids are doing the roasting or you are, instead of getting stuck with gooey fingers and crumby graham crackers, “stick” to this new, sweet tradition for the summer with 100% pure pineapple!
Roasting tonight over beaches and bonfires,