In the midst of our wintry weather here in Winnipeg, I’m sure many of you are dreamin’ of lounging on warm sandy beaches, while sipping tropical drinks from a coconut!
If pina coladas or tropical destinations are all that come to mind, when you think of coconuts, you’d be surprised by the variety of uses, and health benefits this amazing fruit has to offer!
Choosing Coconut Flour is an excellent option, when looking to replace your over processed, refined white flour. Coconut flour is gluten-free, and therefore does not trigger an inflammatory response in the body. It contains just as much protein as wheat flour, but without the gluten protein. Coconut flour is also high in fiber – almost double the amount of fiber found in wheat bran. Best of all, coconut flour tastes great, and is a perfect choice for all your baking needs!
All types of sugar should be consumed in moderation, however refined white sugar, and chemical laden ‘sugar substitutes’, such as aspartame, should be avoided like the plague! Coconut Sugar is a natural sugar made from the nectar of the coconut palm tree. It is harvested by slicing the bud of the coconut tree flowers to release the coconut nectar. The nectar is then boiled into a thick caramel and dried into crystals. Nothing is removed during this process. Coconut Sugar has a similar taste to brown sugar, but with a hint of caramel. It has a high mineral content of magnesium, zinc, iron, and potassium. It is also low on the glycemic index (35).
Buyer Beware: Some coconut sugar is blended with other fillers, such as white cane sugar, so read the ingredients on the package carefully. [We] Generation Green carry One Earth Certified Organic Coconut Sugar, which is pure, and free of fillers!
“The Spunky Coconut” is an interesting website, with awesome coconut recipes! Try the Banana Bread recipe, made with coconut flour, coconut sugar, and coconut oil!
There are a ton of health benefits from using Coconut Oil, like maintaining cholesterol levels, weight loss, increased immunity, proper digestion and metabolism to name just a few. Read more here.
And last, but not least Coconut Water! A refreshing, delicious hydrator. High in potassium, chlorides, calcium and magnesium. Coconut water is also fat-free and low in calories!
So you don’t need to travel down south to experience the variety, of delicious coconut products, just come check them out at Generation Green!
Here’s to your health!