I’m a big believer in using up the whole food. There’s always something you can do with food rather than throwing it away. And that’s just what I did with my pineapple skins!
I cut up a pineapple to make a delicious fruit salad and saw all of the skin sitting there, and I thought, “I can’t just throw this away.” So, I added the pineapple skins to some water, along with a few other delicious ingredients, to make a soothing and healing pineapple drink.
Wasting is highly discouraged in Islam and something we, as Muslims, should be very aware of.
Prophet Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wa salam) said,
“If a morsel falls from the hand of anyone of you, let him wipe off whatever dirt that is on it and eat it.” [Sunan Ibn Majah]
It’s so important that we take care for our food and use up what we can. No food should go in the trash until we’ve used it up in one way or another. Utilizing our food is how we show respect and gratitude for the blessing of food that Allah (subhanahu wa ta’ala) has given us.
I’ve decided to start a series called “no food left behind” where I will be sharing recipes and tips on how to use up food, or parts of food, that one might otherwise consider useless.
This recipe for Boiled Pineapple Skins is the first post in the series, and I hope you love and benefit from it.
So let’s talk about pineapple water!
Health Benefits of Pineapple Water
Pineapple and pineapple-infused water have so many amazing medicinal properties, some of which include:
- It has anti-inflammatory effects thanks to bromelain, an enzyme that helps modulate the body’s inflammatory response
- Reduces swelling, bruising, and recovery time after injury or surgery
- It can help to manage chronic arthritic pain just as effectively as pharmaceutical drugs
- It boosts digestion
- Contains thiamine, a vitamin that aids in weight loss by increasing energy and helping your body break down carbohydrates
- It supports fight intestinal health
- It protects against constipation and hemorrhoids.
- Iodine in pineapple helps to regulate thyroid function
- Due to its high potassium content pineapple water helps to balance electrolytes
- Contains loads of gut-healthy fibers which help to absorb toxic waste
How to Make Healing Pineapple Water
Making your own pineapple water is super easy. Here’s how to do it:
- Wash the pineapple thoroughly and peel it.
- Set the flesh aside and add the skins to a saucepan along with about 1 liter of water.
- Bring to a boil, then lower heat and let simmer for 15-20 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let cool for about 5 minutes or so.
- You can serve immediately as a hot soothing drink, or refrigerate it for a cold, refreshing and hydrating drink.
This is a very basic recipe for pineapple water.
Here are some optional add-ins to boost nutritional benefit and taste:
- Green tea (I added four tablespoons of loose-leaf green tea)
- Ginger (1-2 teaspoons of fresh or ground should do the trick)
- Honey or stevia (1-2 tablespoons)
This delicious drink is great to have on hand as it has so many healing and medicinal properties. Next time you cut up some pineapple be sure to save those skins and boil up your own refreshing and soothing drink!
Have you ever tried homemade pineapple water before? How did you make it? Share below!