Goat Cheese Pineapple Bites

Well it’s back to reality after spring break, which also means getting back into a normal and healthy routine. I wanted to share a perfect mid week snack that incorporates french bread, olive oil, goat cheese, and pineapple. I know it sounds kind of weird, but trust me it’s delicious. My roommates were complete skeptics but now I’ve got them hooked so I’m sure I’ll have you hooked too.

You probably didn’t know that French bread has some awesome health benefits. It contain Folate, which is needed for the normal growth of new cells in the body, including red blood cells. Folate removes homocysteine from your blood and high levels of homocysteine are associated with cardiovascular disease. One piece of french bread has 37 percent of an adult’s recommended daily intake of folate.

One piece of French bread also has 13 percent of a woman’s and 29 percent of a man’s daily intake of iron. This element produces white blood cells, works as an antioxidant for the immune system, and helps carry oxygen throughout the body. Also found in French bread is Selenium. On slice will give you 31 percent of your recommended daily intake. Selenium aids blood vessel function as well as assists thyroid hormone production.

Olive oil is incredible for the body. It contains plenty of monounsaturated fats, which are believed to reduce inflammation and may have beneficial effects on genes connected to cancer.  Olive oil contains Vitamins E and K as well as plenty of antioxidants. These antioxidants keep cholesterol in the blood from becoming oxidized (this is what causes the build up in the arty walls and leads to heart disease). I’ve mentioned how it reduces inflammation, but that is super important because chronic inflammation can lead to cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s.
A large review study that included over 841,000 subjects found that olive oil was the only source of monounsaturated fat associated with a reduced risk of stroke and heart disease. You can read more about the study here.
Also, olive oil can kill harmful bacteria. One of these bacteria lives in the stomach and causes stomach ulcers and stomach cancer. Studies have shown olive oil to be effective against eight different strains of this bacteria and three of them are resistant to antibiotics. You can read more about the study here.
How about goat cheese? It is rich in vitamin A, B, D, riboflavin, calcium, iron, magnesium and potassium.
Lastly, let’s talk about pineapple. It supports the immune system because it contains 50 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin C. It also contains plenty of manganese which is essential to strong bone and connective tissue development according to the Linus Pauling Institute. Unlike many other fruits and veggies, pineapple contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down protein, aiding digestion, according to the American Cancer Society. Also, pineapple’s bromelain may help reduce mucus in the throat and nose, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center.
All of these incredible health benefits have been incorporated into a delicious recipe that you can make any time during the week as a study snack.

I bought all four items at the local Walmart on Northwestern Ave in West Lafayette:

  • Loaf of French Bread – $1.00
  • Olive Oil  – $5.44
  • Goat Cheese – $3.98
  • Pineapple Rings – $1.16

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Once you have all the ingredients, it’s time to make goat cheese pineapple bites.

Step 1: Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Step 2: Lay out desired amount of bread slices and drizzle with olive oil

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Step 3: Top with plenty of goat cheese

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Step 4: Place on cooking sheet at cook at 350 degrees for 5 minutes

Step 5: Top with halved pineapple rings

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Enjoy a delicious snack and all the health benefits that come with. Have a great rest of your week!


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