Almost four years ago I quit sugar. For years I have experimented with different types of corrections crave sugar and one of my favorites is the coconut. Whether in the form of flakes, chips, oil, cream, milk or fresh, these beauties are brilliant when it comes to dealing with the cravings.
Coconut oil consists mainly of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which produce a lot of health benefits. Are small enough to easily penetrate cell membranes do not require special enzymes should be broken so easily digested, and converted immediately into energy rather than stored as fat.
Unlike the carbohydrates, coconut oil produces a peak of insulin in the bloodstream, preventing these energy slumps feared. You get the maintenance of energy, a feeling of fullness, and a sweet blow-no after effects. A stroke quad!
Large supermarkets have joined the bandwagon are now full of coconuts / green. You will recognize them by their white casing, not the hard brown shell of a mature coconut. Drink the juice and scrape the flesh with a spoon to use in smoothies and recipes.
Here are some great ideas for ways to use the coconut, to help kick the sugar habit today!
1. Have a glass of coconut water.
It is three times more hydrating than water and is an incredible electrolyte. Go fresh if possible, otherwise look for packaged versions that are organic, fair trade and have traveled less distance.
2. Add the coconut milkshakes.
Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your favorite smoothie mix, or replace regular milk with coconut water or milk. You can also add coconut meat to the bulk mix things very well.
3. Eat one or two tablespoons of coconut oil, straight from the jar.
I do it almost every evening to help me get through to dinner, and to stop a craving for sweets in their tracks.
4. toasted coconut flakes.
Lightly toasted coconut flakes in a pan and sprinkle over your oatmeal or yogurt with some nuts and cinnamon.
5. Pan-fry a few pieces of pumpkin in coconut oil.
Fresh pumpkin Sprinkle with salt to help soften the squash, and add a little cinnamon. Just before serving, add some coconut flakes or grated coconut until golden. A great little meal or snack on the go.
6. Make your own coconut ice cream!
Simply put a can of coconut cream (no milk and not a “light” version) in the fridge. It thickens to a smooth consistency frozen within a few hours. Yum.
7. Stewed fruit with coconut milk
Or pour the coconut milk over fresh strawberries for an insta-dessert.
8. Make rice pudding with coconut milk.
Simply heat leftover rice (or quinoa or oats) with a good splash of coconut milk until creamy and sweet. Add the cinnamon and nuts.
9. Make your own coconut butter!
And eating straight from the fridge or spread on toast or pancakes.