Category: Coconut

This Super Duper breakfast in a glass will get you Up&Gone without the nasties

I decided to start my day with this smoothie:

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  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 400ml coco quench (non dairy milk)
  • 1 super duper heaped tbsp raw cacao
  • handful of goji berries
  • 2tsp or more of Maca
  • handful of dates

I’m full now! #loveraw #superfoods #vegan #preventionisbetterthancure #eatrealfood

Maca is a root that grows in Peru and it gives you loads of energy and balances your hormones. You can have up to 2 tbsp of Maca a day.

The raw Cacao will give you a hit of caffeine. If you prefer to leave the cacao out, you may do so. It will still be yummy without.

So you want to make Coconut Yoghurt? It is easier than you think!

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I love coconut, in case you haven’t noticed yet. And recently I have been on quite an exciting coconut journey making all sorts of delicious coconut creation. From muffins, to smoothies and even butter, cream and milk. I try to incorporate coconut into my diet everyday. Here are some reason why I love coconut oil:

 

 

  • Anti-bacterial: Coconut oil kills bacteria that cause various bacterial infections, including ulcers, urinary tract infections and gum diseases.
  • Anti-viral: Coconut oil can kill the viruses that cause herpes, influenza, measles, hepatitis C, AIDS and SARS, to name a few.
  • Anti-fungal: Coconut oil kills fungi and yeast making it great for fungal infections such as dandruff and athlete’s foot and yeast infections such as thrush.
  • Antioxidant: Coconut oil protects against free-radical formation and damage.
  • Anti-inflammatory: Coconut oil helps kill harmful intestinal microorganisms making it an important element in reducing inflammation.
  • Anti-carcinogenic: Coconut oil has been found to prevent the spread of cancer cells as well as boost the immune system.
  • Anti-microbial: Coconut oil has anti-microbial properties which protect against infection from bacteria, viruses, yeast, fungi and parasites.
  • Anti-parasitic: Coconut oil can help rid the body of tapeworms, lice and other parasites.
  • Anti-protozoa: Coconut oil kills protozoa parasites such as giardia.
  • Improves nutrient absorption

With that in mind I decided to find as many ways as possible to add coconut oil into my everyday life. And I found out that it wasn’t that difficult to do so.

In the morning I added a few tablespoons to our smoothies. In my muffins I use coconut oil instead of butter. I make coconut butter and eat that straight from my spoon. It is very delicious. And I made coconut and chocolate balls, which were even easier to eat all day long!

Last week I decided to try and make Coconut Yoghurt and it turned out really nice. I wasn’t to sure if I would have much success with it as there are a few ways to do this. I looked online for a recipe and after much deliberation I decided to use the recipe from Green living Australia as I already purchase my yoghurt culture from them. I did use gelatine as my setting agent instead of pectin, which is what she recommends to use. I only had gelatine in my cupboard, hence my reason for trying that. If you have Agar you might be able to use that too.

Here is what I did:

  • First I made a liter of coconut milk (recipe here) I left the pulp in with the milk as the pulp also contains a lot of goodness. But you might want to drain it.
  • I reheated the coconut milk to boiling point, before turning the gas off all together.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sweetener of your choice. I prefer coconut sugar or honey. This will be extra food for your yoghurt culture to eat, they will need it to proliferate.
  • At boiling point I removed about 100ml of coconut milk and dissolved in it 2 tsp of gelatin. Once dissolved I poured it back into the coconut milk and stirred it thoroughly.
  • With a thermometer, check for the milk to come down to 40 degrees. Once there, add a smidgen of your yoghurt culture, stir it through and transfer the pan into your (turned off) oven. Leave it there for about 12 hours.
  • You will notice that after 12 hours the yoghurt is still runny. It will set when you put into the fridge for a few hours.

There you go! If you are already making normal yoghurt, than this will be a breeze for you. But even for first timers, it will be fun to do.