A Pineapple A Day


Every morning I wake up to the sound of screaming parrots.

I mean, it's out of control at this point. I don't know where they came from or when they got here, but they're here now. Dozens and dozens of green parrots screeching from the trees as if something is attacking them. Some of our neighbors in Ocean Beach told us they live here during the winter and they'll be gone again soon, but for me? It's not soon enough.

Which is funny because for a long time I dreamed of living in a tropical paradise, one where I  could wake up in some boho beach shack to the sound of tropical birds and waves crashing, walk out of my front door onto the sand and eat fresh fruit every morning for breakfast.  While San Diego is not quite the tropics, with the recent appearance of these birds, it would seem that a version of that dream has come true.

For instance, until the planes start flying overhead each morning, I can in fact hear the waves crashing onto the beach, 500 feet away. Our little casita is almost as boho as I envisioned, minus the palapa roof that I imagine wouldn't hold up so well here. And most mornings, I do try to start my day with some fruit, sometimes fresh, sometimes frozen.

Because you know what they say: a pineapple a day keeps the worries away.

Lately, my go-to smoothie ingredient has been pineapple. Without sounding too ungrateful for our 70° winter days, this season is still a tough one for me. I often leave and come home from work in the dark and the foggy, albeit warm, weather that I see outside my window at work doesn't do much to lift my spirits during the weekdays. So I've been more eager than ever to start my mornings off fresh with some tropical fruit.

1. Add in the frozen fruit and juice.
2. Blend until smooth.

Optional: If you're trying to start your nights off fresh, try blending this with a shot of tequila and use Del Monte's Pure Earth Pineapple and Lime Juice instead for a mind-blowingly good frozen margarita.

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