Friday, September 9, 2011

The World of All Things Coconut...

This morning I decided to set out on a culinary expedition...all things coconut!
In the past year and a half, I have become somewhat familiar with Coconut Flour and Coconut Oil and the tremendous health benefits of both. They are jam-packed with good things that nourish health and healing in our bodies. Convincing my children has been somewhat of a challenge but, I have made a bit of progress! Taste and texture are everything to them...

I have also used Coconut Palm Crystals -they are an excellent brown sugar substitute. They measure equally in recipes (1 cup brown sugar would be replaced with 1 cup coconut palm crystals) and as I have learned, they are low glycemic (35 on the scale vs. 65-100 for standard brown sugar) and come with nutrient rich living enzymes! They are delicious!

Today's journey has led me to the crystal's liquid counterpart:


It measures into recipes like honey or agave nectar would but, is lower on the glycemic index (35) than honey (55-83) and just an absolute better choice than agave nectar hands down (agave nectar is highly processed to develop it's sweet taste which, even if organic, kills any nutritional value of any kind and it is also being pumped up with high fructose corn syrup - definitely not the path we want to follow)!

You replace sugar in a recipe the same way you would replace with honey - if your recipe calls for 1 cup sugar, you would substitute 3-4 tbsp. coconut nectar, decrease the other liquids in the recipe by 1/4th and lower your cooking temperature by 25 degrees (I must say thank you to Dr. Rex Russell for teaching me this...his book "What The Bible Says About Healthy Living" is a MUST READ).

Today's offering on the recipe block is:

Tropical Green Smoothie
From Kristi's Kitchen


1 1/2 c. fresh organic spinach, packed
2 - 1" thick slices fresh pineapple, cored
10-12 fresh sweet cherries, pitted
1/2 c. filtered water
1/8 -1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. "Coconut Secret" coconut nectar (may add a bit more to your taste)


-Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth


There will be many more recipes to come in the next days and weeks; both sweet and savory - working on a cinnamon muffin one as we speak -in the meantime go check out my new friends at Coconut Secret (one of the best kept "secrets" -but not for long!) 

The Coconut Secret website:

You may purchase Coconut Secret products in several locations -they have a store locator on their site...I have also found the products on,, lucky and for those who prefer the "straight to your door" method...

Make an investment in your health today!

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