Choose Wisely #10- Healthy Coconut Flakes
Coconut is an amazing food and is a great addition to your every day menu. Coconut is sometimes frowned on because it is considered high fat, but the key here is it is a healthy fat and our bodies need it. Coconut is composed of medium chain fatty acids which are used as energy and are not stored in the body. Click for information about coconut oil and its benefits.
Coconut supplies vital nutrients for sustaining healthy cells in your body. This amazing food carries a vast array of vitamins, minerals, EFA’s and amino acids as well as anti-fungal, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties.
Coconut flakes are derived from the meat of the coconut. When compared to the rest of the plant, the meat is the most nutritious part. Coconut flakes are packed full of flavor and make a healthy addition to shakes, Greek Yogurt, salad, granola, trail mix and even alone as something to nibble on.
Bob’s Red Mill is a good healthy choice. This brand is unsweetened and sulfur free.
Another brand that is really good is Wilderness Family Naturals.
The coconut is removed from the shells, and washed in pure, filtered water (no chlorine is present). The coconut is then shredded and slowly dehydrated at 98.6° F (37° C). The result is shredded, raw coconut that tastes great, has a wonderful texture, and contains the nutrients found in coconut.
Do Not Choose This:
As always, read ingredient lists! This one is pretty obvious as to why you shouldn’t choose it!
INGREDIENTS: Coconut, Sugar, Water, Propylene Glycol To Preserve Freshness, Salt, Sodium Metabisulfite
Try these Coconut Recipes:
Healthy Trail Mix
4 c. raw nuts of choice
1 c. raisins
1/2 c. unsweetened coconut flakes
1/8 c. pepitas (Pumkin seeds) and/or sunflower seeds
Unsweetened fruit (optional)
Chocolate Crunch Bites
¼ c. coconut oil
1 oz unsweetened chocolate (I use Bakers)
2 Tbsp. vanilla (no added sugar) whey protein powder
1 Tbsp. unsweetened carob powder
½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. stevia
¼ c. creamy peanut butter
½ c. raw macadamia nuts, chopped fine
¼ c. raw almonds, chopped fine
¼ c. unsweetened coconut flakes, chopped fine
Melt coconut oil and chocolate in a saucepan on low heat. While the chocolate is melting, mix the rest of the ingredients together in a bowl. Add chocolate coconut oil and mix well. Spoon in ice cube tray and freeze.