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Pineapple on your plate + $150 shopping voucher give away

What do I eat in a day? I was a bit scared when thinking about this as some days, like the one at the recent Noosa Food and Wine Festival where I ate my way through two degustations with 12 courses in total in one day, are extreme.

When I’m at home it’s a different matter as I’m trying and sometimes failing to stick to a light and lean diet to balance all that excess. I also exercise weekdays with half an hour walking on a cross trainer at the gym or a pump class.

So when I had to share what I eat in a day with Dr Joanna McMillan who is the Australian Pineapples ambassador, I decided to pick a home day.  It’s cheating a bit I know.

See the end of this post for my giveaway of one $150 voucher for Woolworths so you can stock up your pantry and fridge with the good things in life courtesy of Australian Pineapples.

My day on a plate

Breakfast- Small dish of Vogel’s toasted muesli with 2 teaspoons LSA, a sprinkle of raspberries (frozen) and oat milk with a cup of tea.

Mid morning -Banana with a cup of tea.

Lunch - Salad with olives, tomatoes, tin of tuna (spring water drained), coriander on top, balsamic dressing.

Afternoon- Cupcake and a cappuccino

Dinner - Small steak with salad and mashed potatoes with a glass of red wine

Dessert - Two squares Lindt Chilli Chocolate

+ Eight glasses of water a day.



I was really relieved when Dr Joanna didn’t tell me to rip up my diet and start again. Instead she made some really great suggestions which I have incorporated into my diet.

For breakfast she recommended I make sure my oat milk is fortified with calcium to help prevent osteoporosis, that I swap LSA (a ground mix of almonds, linseed and sesame seeds) for almonds which I grind or crush myself for higher nutrition.  She loved the raspberries and advised all types of berries are great and even let me have the toasted muesli without too much hesitation.  An egg was another breakfast alternative she advocated.

My banana and tea for mid-morning passed with flying colours and are evidently an important part of keeping blood sugar levels stable. She suggested other fruits, including pineapple could be alternatives.

For lunch Joanna proposed that I add some carbs, such as a slice of bread, to the mix to create a feeling of fullness that would get me through the afternoon without sweet treats.  I suspect she was referring to my next treat, a cupcake!

Steak and a glass of red wine were fine for dinner but go easy on the potatoes were her tips.

And my two squares of chocolate also passed.

So I’m making a few changes and aiming for diet zen on my home days. 

Here’s your chance to stock up your pantry and fridge with the good things in life. Courtesy of Australian Pineapples I have one $150 voucher for Woolworths to give away. Australian Pineapples is a not-for-profit organisation run by Horticulture Australia that aims to support Aussie growers and educate households on how to enjoy this delicious fruit

Just leave a comment below finishing the sentence – I like pineapple because..

Make sure you check the other entry options available to give yourself the best chance of winning a $150 voucher.  This give away is available to anyone living in Australia. I have one to give away.

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Disclaimer:  Australian Pineapples organised my consultation with Dr Joanna McMillan and also supplied the voucher.

Kerry Heaney


  1. Tracey3:00 pm

    It's tropical and tasty. A perfect addition to desserts and even savoury dishes. YUM!

  2. It reminds me of summers as a kid where all that mattered was holidays, ice cream and swimming in our pool!

  3. I love pineapples because they can be used in so many ways! sweet dishes, savoury dishes, drinks, fresh by themselves. The mix of super sweet with just a bit of tartness hits the spot. And I don't care what anyone else says, I think eating the core of the pineapple is the best bit!

  4. Being pregnant brings out the best flavours in everything! Pineapples are no exception, I love them; and the fibre they provide and baby does complete flips; pineapples bring out the sunshine in everyone.

  5. Maria3:53 pm

    You cannot beat the flavour of fresh pineapple. We have a couple of plants in the garden and they're sweet as with no hint of tartness.

  6. It's like the entire state of Queensland has taken refuge on my tongue and exploded in the sticky sweetness of summer.

  7. I love pineapple because nothing else completes a Thai fried rice and Hawaiian pizza!

  8. Its Delicious and Versatile can be used in Sweet and Savoury Dishes.

  9. Anonymous7:15 pm

    Its sweet and juicy and thirst quenching!

    Lea Anita Black

  10. It goes with everything, and I have to have it on my pizza and in my burgers

  11. Mainly because my other half hates it so getting to enjoy some is a rare treat!

  12. It's super refreshing and feels like summer in a mouthful!

  13. I like pineapple because it's fresh and tangy and refreshing! It can be used in drinks and sweets and also savoury dishes. Such a wonderful and versatile fruit!

  14. Cynthia3:05 pm

    It's delicious and reminds me of Summer!

  15. Robyn3:58 pm

    I love pineapple because it reminds me of my favourite childhood sweet treat - chocolate pineapple lumps. Now that I'm older and trying to be more health conscious I can relive the flavour and sweetness, minus the chocolate, without the guilt and enjoy it in a number of ways. From freshly cut straight from the fruit, to various sweet or savoury dishes. An ideal all-rounder.

  16. I love the versatility of pineapples, perfect fruit to add to cereal at breakfast, to jazzy up a salad at lunch, grilled or in a stirfry for dinner, they can be the core ingredient of amazing desserts plus they also make a delicious pina colada! Being from QLD we have an abundance of pineapples for most of the year and nothing beats the smell and taste of a freshly cut pineapple!

  17. Pineapple reminds me of a fun afternoon in grade 6 when we were asked to draw a pineapple plant. Mine was a picture of a tree, with pineapples hanging off the branches. I had no idea. These days I love grilled pineapple on a beef burger with bacon and aioli. Drooool!

  18. Today at the supermarket a 440g tin of pineapple was $1!
    So I bought some and we had it pan fried with ham steaks and vegies for dinner. Quick, easy and delicious.

  19. Today at the supermarket a 440g tin of pineapple was $1!
    So I bought some and we had it pan fried with ham steaks and vegies for dinner. Quick, easy and delicious.

  20. It is one of the only fruits all 4 of my children will eat and will always ask for more.

  21. Kirsten9:36 am

    ...the fresh, zingy taste always reminds me of my childhood in tropical north Queensland!

  22. Love pineapple. Love it for a morning snack xx

  23. it's juicy, tasty and looks hilarious.

  24. I like pineapple just as it is of course & have just finished a super sweet one I picked up from Eumundi Mrakets. I also enjoy it chopped into small chunks, sprinkled with a little salt, finely sliced mint & some chilli and tossed. This makes a refreshing salsa for chicken dishes.

  25. I love pineapple as it's the ultimate food. It just works in everything! Rarely a week goes past when I don't buy one, usually from my local farmers market.

  26. it's fresh and tangy and is a great way to start (or finish) the day.

  27. I like pineapple because... it's a super-sweet way to support our super-sweet Aussie farmers!


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