Growing up in the 80s and 90s, “fat” and “calories from fat” took on a big negative step back. Everything was packaged as “fat free” and everyone thought they were eating the healthier options. It had to be better, right?
The calories and fat were removed but replaced with nutrition void fillers. In fact, our bodies NEED healthy fats to maintain health. I am not talking about fat from Big Macs. I am talking about healthy fats from almonds and avocados.
I love avocados and spent years avoiding them because they contained so much fat. As I learned about healthy fats, that was the first thing I incorporated into my diet. Guess what happened! I lost weight.
Our bodies will store sugars and calories into fat if our bodies are being starved of healthy fats. Coconuts are another healthy fat and they are amazing.
There are 2 kinds of coconut that you can easily purchase – young coconuts which looks like this:
And older coconuts, which look like this.
The main difference between white/young and brown/mature coconuts is that the white/young coconut produces more water, the brown/mature coconut produces more meat. The meat of the white coconut is gelatinous and not very flavorful. The meat of the brown coconut is thick, fibrous and full of flavor.
We recently purchased an older coconut. It is important to shake it first to hear the liquid inside. If you do not heard the coconut water, then it is either bad or has had a crack that has leaked the water. You do not want this.
We used a screwdriver (gently pounded in by a hammer) to make 3 small holes that we could drain the coconut water. After we removed the water, we strained it and drank it. Its also great for cooking and recipes.
We then took the hammer and pounded until a hairline crack would go around the coconut. We were then able to break it apart. After we removed the outer hard shell from the coconut meat, we then took a veggie peeler and pleaded the thin inner layer off.
The best part of the coconut meat is that it is soooo filling and full of fiber and nutrition. Its the perfect car snack and midnight snack.
HEALTHY fat is not our enemy and something our body needs. Don’t hesitate to grab an avocado, coconut, or almonds and ENJOY!