Pineapple Peel Tea

Updated: May 26

I’m always looking for ways to reduce food waste, whether it’s by doing intentional grocery shopping for meal prep recipes, freezing leftovers, or using every last bit of each ingredient in my recipes. One thing that I’m reintroducing back in my diet is pineapple peel water, it’s a great way to not only get the most out of the fruit in terms of nutrition but also out of the value for the cost! Plus, It’s delicious, refreshing, and there’s no need for added sugars. Another delicious alternative? Orange peel tea.

This one was the go-to drink in my house growing up, especially during the summer months. It’s crucial to remain hydrated, but plain water can sometimes get boring. A great way to add some flavor is to drink iced pineapple peel tea.

Besides being a refreshing, tropical, and delicious beverage, it’s also high in nutrients and particularly great for digestion and inflammation. More on that in the nutrition section below!

Personally, I make this refreshing and comforting pineapple skin tea whenever I feel bloated or in need of a digestive boost. I also find that I tend to drink more water when I make it, so that’s a huge plus side overall. Enjoy it hot or cold all year round!

Details:


Yield: 7 cups

Prep time: 5 min

Cooking time: 30 min

Total time: 35 min

Sugar-free


Ingredients:


1 pineapple (skin and core)

1 cinnamon stick (or 1 tbsp ground cinnamon)


Directions:


1. Wash the pineapple thoroughly.

2. Cut the skin and core. Cut the pineapple into small pieces and freeze them if you’re not using them immediately.

3. In a pot, boil the skin and core together with the cinnamon for 30-40 mins. Drain and transfer to a pitcher.

4. Serve hot as is or let cool and add ice cubes for a cold beverage.


Notes:


- I recommend using a cinnamon stick instead of ground cinnamon. For this version, I used ground cinnamon and needed to strain the liquid several times to get rid of it. Boiling doesn’t fully dissolve it.


Approximate cost:


$2.50. This takes into account the measurements listed in the ingredients section and for the main ingredients only. Does not include seasoning.



Nutrition:


Pineapple is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and enzymes that can fight inflammation, aid the immune system, and improve digestion.

They are especially rich in vitamin C and manganese, providing 131% and 76% of the daily recommendations, respectively.

Pineapples contain bromelain, a group of digestive enzymes that breaks down proteins. This may aid digestion, especially in those with pancreatic insufficiency. It's also believed that pineapples may have diuretic effects.

Did you try this pineapple skin water? Let me know in the comments below and/or tag your creation on Instagram #everyhealthybite

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