[VIDEO]: Nuts for coconuts

Once upon a time, I thought fat was evil. I was on a grilled-chicken-over-salad kick, and thought eating "skinny" foods would magically help me shed pounds and look skinnier. After years of learning about holistic nutrition and what works for my own body, I can give you the cliff notes: FAT IS ESSENTIAL FOR YOUR BODY TO FUNCTION. We need fat in order for our brains to work, our organs to function, and our muscles to move us powerfully around the world. 

But you won't see me guzzling bacon lard or slathering margarine on my toast. There are healthy ways of incorporating fat into our bodies that are not only optimal nutrition, but also taste amazing. Hands down my favorite way to get fat into my body is coconuts.

You can eat coconuts in so many forms -- dried flakes, ground into a butter, water, and one of my faves, coconut milk. This is made by heating one part of the white coconut meat with one part of its juicy water until you get a rich, creamy consistency. I tell you this in case you feel compelled to make your own -- it's that easy! But if you're busy like me, you'll probably buy this in the store. Make sure you avoid additives like sugar and carrageenan, and buy a BPA-free can (chemicals = yuck!). Guar gum is a natural stabilizer that is totally safe for you body, but be mindful that it does produce extra gas in some individuals, so I would recommend slowly introducing coconut into your body to see how you digest. If you have trouble finding a clean version, just do the best you can. The important thing is that you start with what you have.

Hop on the fat train with me! Try my recipe for an Orange Creamsicle Green Smoothie. Then let me know how it goes! Share with the world using #MichellesMondayMinute; you will inspire others to eat quick, clean, healthy food and join the healthy eating revolution. Are you with me?

Orange Creamsicle Green Smoothie
Servings: 1

Ingredients:
2 ice cubes
1 c. frozen peaches
1/2 banana
2-3 kale leaves, de-stemmed and torn into bite-sized pieces
1/2 orange, pithe and seeds removed -OR- 2 drops orange essential oil
1/2 c. full fat coconut milk
1/4 c. filtered water + more for desired consistency
1-2 drops stevia

Directions:

  1. Place all ingredients into blender in order written. Blend on high until fully incorperated. Add water until desired consistency is reached. Enjoy!


Other ideas for coconut milk:

  • Coconut veggie curry
  • Chia pudding
  • Coconut whipped cream
  • Splash to scrambled eggs
  • Replacing dairy cream or milk in almost any recipe
  • Thickening soups and sauces
  • Any smoothie recipe