You’ve probably heard our Director of Nutrition Education, Gina Van Liven make reference to both warming and cooling foods. Foods and herbs are categorized as warming or cooling in traditional Chinese herbal practices. The idea is that warming foods should be eaten during the winter to offset the cooling effect of the season. This recipe uses warming ingredients, which are cooked to enhance their warming effect. The result is a delicious and balancing “treat” or side dish.


  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cut into spears
  • 1 C. GoYin
  • 3 tsp. fresh, pureed ginger
  • ¾ tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg


  1. Place pineapple spears in baking dish. Pour GoYin over the pineapple and let sit for 30 minutes.
  2. Place ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg on top of pineapple and bake at 450 degrees for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Remove from the oven and enjoy.