Healthy recipes using pineapples

This skinny Hawaiian pizza is made with a whole-wheat tortilla, 5 percent fat ham, and part-skim mozzarella for less than 475 calories.

This time of year there are some fruits and veggies we just can’t get enough of.

Pineapples, for example, are at their peak during these warmer months and provide a sweet, refreshing flavor to many meals.

That’s why we’ve chosen this tropical fruit as the produce to include in each of your meals this week as we’re getting ready for the official start of summer.

Adding this fruit to your dinners not only balances the tastes of sweet and sour, but it provides you with an abundance of Vitamin C, which helps protect you from heart disease and cancer, and manganese, which helps keep your bones strong.

Try each of these dishes below during the week, all with less than 500 calories:

Monday: Pineapple tofu stir-fry

This sweet-and-sour vegetarian dish only takes 30 minutes to make! The tofu, bell peppers and pineapples pack this meal with satisfying flavor and a low amount of calories.

Per serving: 263 calories, 12g fat, 34g carbohydrates, 10g protein, 4g fiber

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Tuesday: Sweet and sour meatballs

This Japanese-inspired recipe calls for ground beef and a variety of veggies including peppers, carrots and onions. The pineapples help balance out the sweet and sour taste.

Per serving: 341 calories, 15.1g fat, 37.5g carbohydrates, 14.6g protein, 1.7g fiber

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Wednesday: Grilled shrimp with melon & pineapple salsa

Pineapples also serve as a great ingredient for salsas. This light, summery pineapple-melon salsa includes ripe melon, red and green bell peppers, red onion, and more. The salsa blends nicely with the grilled shrimp for a refreshing, low-calorie meal.

Per serving: 211 calories, 8g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 19g protein, 2g fiber

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Thursday: Pineapple-teriyaki chicken

The chicken in this meal is glazed with a sweet marinade that includes pineapple, dry sherry, brown sugar, soy sauce, and more. It only takes a half-hour to prepare.

Per serving: 360 calories, 11g fat, 39g carbohydrates, 22g protein, 1g fiber

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Friday: Skinny Hawaiian pizza

End your work week with this guilt-free Hawaiian pizza. Made with a whole-wheat tortilla, low-fat ham, and part-skim mozzarella, you can enjoy this pineapple-topped pizza for less than 475 calories.

Per serving: 467.4 calories, 17.4g fat, 47.2g carbohydrates, 31.8g protein, 6g fiber

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