Hello! I am ALL about all things coconut right now: coconut oil, coconut sugar, shredded coconut, and coconut milk. I have been going through the milk like it’s nobody’s business with my smoothies and stir fries.
If you are cutting out lactose products or you are just cutting back on your dairy intake like I am, coconut milk is a great replacement for regular milk. Note that coconut MILK and coconut WATER are two very different things. The milk goes through a very similar process as animal milk, and it is thick, smooth, and creamy. The water goes through a much different process.
Coconut milk can be a great addition to any meal of your day. Check out some of the benefits below! The passages are taken from BBCgoodfood.com as I felt it was the most comprehensive read on this yummy bev.
Why You Should Own This Shtuff:
1.) “Coconuts contain significant amounts of fat, but unlike other foods, they provide fat that is mostly in the form of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) in particular, one called lauric acid. Lauric acid is converted in the body into a highly beneficial compound called monolaurin, an antiviral and antibacterial that destroys a wide variety of disease causing organisms. It is therefore now thought that consumption of coconut milk may help protect the body from infections and viruses.” — BBCGoodFood.com Maybe choose one meal a day to replace your normal milk, or try using it every other day in your morning smoothies.
2.) It metabolizes quickly. “MCFAs are rapidly metabolised into energy in the liver. It is thought that unlike other saturated fats, MCFAs are used up more quickly by the body and are less likely to be stored as fat. This does not exempt them from contributing to heart disease – they are still a fat – but they have a different effect than saturated fats.” — BBCGoodFood.com The liver is often not considered when people think “fat” or “weight loss” or “metabolism” but your liver is crucial in maintaining a healthy balance and metabolism in your body. Take care of it!
3.) “Coconuts are highly nutritious and rich in fibrer, vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 and minerals including iron, selenium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.” — BBCGoodFood.com Iron is an essential mineral that promotes red blood cell growth in your body, and selenium is an antioxidant.
One of my Go To Smoothies is my Chai Almond Smoothie which also calls for equal parts coconut milk mixed with almond milk. My next adventure with coconut milk begins tonight with a yummy Spiced Red Lentil Soup. I’ll let you know how it turns out!! What your favorite recipe containing coconut milk???