I’m Friggin’ Obsessed-Coconut Milk

I’ve decided to create a weekly post where I tell you what I’m friggin’ obsessed with lately. You see, I get so many questions about what I eat and which products I enjoy that I’m going to dish it out to you–weekly. And believe me, there are MANY things (foods, products, books, trends) I am obsessed with. It just goes hand in hand with my addictive personality, what can I say.

So, to kick it off, I’m friggin obsessed with So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk. I’ve used organic coconut milk for a long time, most often in my morning smoothies, but I would only find it in a can. A BPA-filled can.

And low-and-behold, last week as I was sauntering down the Dairy aisle, my eyes became locked on a friggin’ carton of coconut milk. It was love at first sight. After buying cans and cans and cans of coconut milk, always running out at the most inopportune time, here was the solution to my problem: a half gallon of this stuff.

Why do I love coconut milk? Coconut milk (not to be confused with coconut water) is made from the flesh of the coconut, mixed with water. It is chock full of “MUFA’s,” aka medium-chain unsaturated fatty acids. That’s the good stuff. It’s a healthy fat.

Sticking with the unsweetened version only, you’ll get only 50 calories per cup (and I only use about a quarter cup in my smoothie), 5g of fat (again, the good kind), and NO sugars. Like most milks on the market, this has been fortified with the usual vitamins: A, folic acid, selenium, B12, zinc, and vitamin D.

For those who are lactose or gluten sensitive, you’re good to go with this coconut milk. And it’s vegan!

So seriously, go find this stuff. They even have shelf-stable versions. And if you can’t find the cartons, ask your supermarket manager to start carrying it. Or at least try incorporating some canned organic coconut milk (I buy the lite) into your cooking.

Here’s a tamed-down version of my morning smoothie to get you started:

1/4 cup coconut milk (unsweetened or lite)

1 cup berries

1 cup spinach or kale

2T of ground flax seed

2 scoops of high-grade, low sugar protein powder (whey if you can handle it)

1 cup water

Throw into a blender and mix, mix, mix. I always add a small handful of raw cacao in at the end to give it an extra anti-oxidant punch and a crunchy texture.

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5 Responses to I’m Friggin’ Obsessed-Coconut Milk

  1. Paige @ The Gravy Boat February 4, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Random coincidence…I just bought this for the first time this week! I haven’t tried it yet, but we found a coupon for it recently and my boyfriend wanted to try it for smoothies. Exciting stuff!

    • Amanda February 4, 2011 at 11:51 am #

      That IS a coincidence…it’s popping up on shelves all over. Let me know what you think! It doesn’t have as much of a true “coconutty” flavor like the cans do, but I just love the convenience.

  2. Gina February 4, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    I’m obsessed with So Delicious coconut milk, too! And their coconut milk creamer is crazy delicious!

  3. Melinda February 4, 2011 at 7:38 pm #

    i adore it too! so yummy!

  4. Lauren Slayton February 9, 2011 at 8:49 am #

    Love the carton too. I love coconut milk/cardamom and honey mixed in black rice for breakfast. you mentioned “the good kind” of fat but coconut is rather high in “the bad kind” of fat too. I’m still a fan but not all MUFA, right?
    smoothie sounds great, I like coconut extract too.

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