Week 33

33 weeks!

Today little Squid and I are officially 33 weeks along! According to Babycenter (an absolutely reliable source, I assure you) he should be approximately the size of a pineapple, or 4 pounds. Little do they know that according to the ultrasound he’s already passed that milestone and is heading into 5 pound territory! It is absolutely amazing to me how time has seemed to creep by at a snails pace all these months only to start zooming by now! I have so much to do before our little guy arrives!!! Step one is figuring out what to do with 4 pounds of pineapple…

This brings us to our tip of the day! If you’re like me, you’re endlessly frustrated by the wastefulness of cutting pineapple fresh. What in the world are you supposed to do with that chewy, tough core that seems to make up way too much of your delicious pineapply bounty?

Here are a couple of tricks I’ve learned along the way:

1. Cut the core into chunks and put them in the freezer. When you reach to make yourself a glass of water (or 10, of you’re pregnant) try throwing a couple of pineapple cubes in there instead of ice cubes! Absolutely delicious and a great way to shake up your daily requirement of water.

2. Throw that beauty into a marinade! Add some pressed tofu and you have yourself a fantastic feast!

3. Pineapple core is a great addition to smoothies! Pair with coconut milk and a frozen banana and you’ll feel like you’re vacationing in the tropics. Trust me.

So now that we know what to do with the core the question is what to do with the rest of the pineapple? What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy this most magical fruit?

7 Replies to “Week 33”

  1. Hmmm… I mostly just eat pineapple straight up, but pineapple upside down cake is always appealing!

    I always laugh at the fetus-food size comparisons. We saw a pumpkin at the county fair recently and my husband got really excited and was like look, that’s what size our (8 month old) baby is now!

    1. The fetus-food comparison is really funny! I’ve actually been staying away from it entirely but I thought somehow, with VeganMoFo and all, it seemed very appropriate!

      And now I want pineapple upside down cake…

      1. I think you should come up with celebrity body part size comparisons. How about “my baby is the size of Jay Leno’s chin” or “my baby is the size of Schwarzenegger’s calf in Terminator.
        And my favorite thing to do with pineapple is to turn it into a side dish on the grill. Great post about the core. Do you know if there are more or less nutrients than the flesh we usually eat?

  2. I had a roommate that would plant the top of the pineapple and start growing it in an over sized planter. Then my cats would start using it as a third litter box and he would start over. True story.

    1. I thought about planting the top of the pineapple but I definitely worried about the cats. Ours wouldn’t use it as a litterbox but they would most definitely eat it! I applaud your roommate’s determination in the face of adversity 😉

  3. Hi Meredith! I know that the core has bromelain in it (which is known to reduce inflammation and swelling) but you can actually get that from the flesh as well. Overall I’m not sure how it differs nutritionally from the rest of the pineapple. Excellent question!

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