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So I am currently in my last week of pregnancy [hopefully]… and rumor has it that pineapple has helped many women naturally induce labor.

According to thebabycorner.com: Tropical fruits including pineapple, papaya and mango contain a proteolytic enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme is said to help to soften the cervix and therefore bring on labor. Very little research has been done on bromelain and pineapple; in addition, eating large quantities of pineapple is likely to stimulate the digestive system and may kick-start the uterus into action by that means. If you do try pineapple, consume only fresh pineapple as bromelain is destroyed during the production process of canned pineapple.

Whats the harm in eating a bunch of pineapple? After all they are one of my favorite fruits!

With the coconut milk craze I have been on the past few days, of course the first thing that came to mind was a piña colada. I also threw in bromelain’s other BFF ~ mango for some extra tropical sweetness.

Pina Colada Mango Smoothie

A thick, creamy, refreshing smoothie perfect for breakfast, dessert or a snack. This smoothie is packed with vitamins including: Vitamin C for antioxidant protection and immune support, manganese and thiamin for energy, and bromelian for anti-inflammatory, digestive benefits, and the possibility of naturally inducing labor!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup light coconut milk (I used the canned light variety)
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup frozen mango
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (coconut extract would be great as well)
  • 1-2 tsp. to taste of sweetener such as agave, honey, or stevia (optional, but I thought it tasted better with a little agave)
  • 1 scoop protein powder (optional, but I need my protein!)
  • 4 ice cubes

Directions

Put all ingredients into your blender, and blend. Serve with a pineapple chunk garnish, straw, or a cute little umbrella if you have one 🙂

What is your favorite tropical beverage?

Whats your favorite tropical fruit? 

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