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The Speckled Palate
July 18, 2012

Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca

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Before I go into this recipe, I want to say please don’t be like me.

“Why?” you ask.

Because while I was sampling this recipe, I discovered a new food allergy — pineapple. And I ignored it. Because, clearly, that’s what all the smart people do. (Actually, no, it’s not.) And while I survived relatively unscathed with a swollen tongue as proof of my newfound allergy, food allergies are no joke. So don’t be like me and push through an allergic reaction — it could be disastrous.

Whew, OK, so with that said, let’s proceed…

I originally tried this recipe out after a long run, and can I just tell y’all that it was perfectly refreshing? Because it was.

And because, despite the reaction I had afterward, it tasted pretty darn good, too.

The recipe, itself, is super simple and is adapted from The Athlete’s Palate Cookbook, a book lent to me by my Rouge-Orleans teammate, Katie. The recipes found in the book are fascinating, and of the few I have tried, I have enjoyed them all. However, this recipe jumped out as something to drink post-workout, and I just had to make it.

And while I’m no longer going to risk it where pineapple is involved, y’all better believe I’ll be whipping this up sans-pineapple and perhaps adding a peach instead.

Check it out:

Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca
Yield: 1 drink

Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Strawberry Pineapple Agua Fresca is a delightfully refreshing and delicious warm weather drink that is startlingly simple to make in a hurry. Combine fresh pineapple and strawberries in a blender with chilled water and sugar, blend until combined, strain and enjoy! This agua fresca, adapted from Richard Sandoval's recipe inThe Athlete's Palate Cookbook, is the perfect sipper to enjoy on a warm summer's day!

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup pineapple, chopped and fresh
  • 4 strawberries, hulled
  • 1 ½ cups water, cold
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Instructions

  1. In the base of a blender, puree the pineapple and strawberries together.
  2. Using a fine mesh strainer, strain the puree to extract all the juice.
  3. Combine the strained fruit puree and the water, then add sugar to taste. Stir until combined.
  4. Pour over a few ice cubes, then enjoy!

Notes

Adapted from Richard Sandoval, The Athlete's Palate Cookbook.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

1

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 60 Total Fat: 0g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 15mg Carbohydrates: 15g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 12g Protein: 1g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
Here are my thoughts:

Was this recipe simple to make? Definitely.

Would I make this again? Yes, but I’d substitute out the pineapple for something else.

Other thoughts/ideas about the recipe? I’m glad I only added a tablespoon plus a teaspoon of sugar (which is still A TON) because this drink was more than sweet. Next time, I’d try adding less to see how it tasted.

Do you have a go-to post-workout drink?

If so, what is it? If not, what do you think would be awesome after a workout?

7 Comments

  1. Renee

    Oh no! A pineapple allergy?! That’s a travesty! It’s my favorite fruit so I’ll have to try this, but I’m so sorry you discovered a new allergy!

    • Erin

      I KNOW. Most disappointing/unfortunate allergy EVER because, like you, I absolutely love pineapple. However, let me know what you think about the recipe when you give it a shot. In my opinion, it’s pretty darn tasty!

  2. Alli

    Yes, food allergies are no joke and I’m glad that you reminded people not to try and “push past” them. Funny enough strawberries and pineapple are not only two of my favorite things ever, they are also two of the few fruits I’m actually NOT allergic to!

    This looks amazing and I will definitely be trying it.

    • Erin

      Those of us with food allergies gotta stick together and let others know it’s no joke, even if some are worse than others. I’m fortunate in the sense that I don’t have many and those that I do have (pineapple, bananas) aren’t completely out of control. And I’m glad that you are not allergic to either, so you’d better give this recipe a shot! It’s refreshing!

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