Coconut Yogurt Recipe

When I was younger I used to looooooooove yogurt! Then as I got older, my relationship with milk products changed. They made me, let’s say “sick,” if ya know what I mean… And then I realized how messed up the dairy industry was so I didn’t want to take part in that, but I did miss all those glorious products. Finally, years later, they have coconut yogurt products available. Sadly, most of them are full of ingredients I am either intolerant too, or just wouldn’t want to eat. Then, one glorious day, I finally learned how to make my own yogurt with coconut milk and hello world, it’s a new day!

Let’s just talk about the coconut for a minute. Seriously I think it is one of the healthiest foods in the world. And so versatile. I use coconut oil on pretty much everything….. like everything πŸ˜‰ But I digress.Β  Coconut milk, and specifically the coconut cream from the can, is heavenly. Its so creamy and naturally sweet. It’s almost all saturated fat. The healthy kind! Fun fact, they did a study on mice (I know, boo! – I am totally against animal testing) testing a lauric acid, which is a type of MCT found in the coconut, against the microbe (propionibacterium acnes) responsible for acne infections and found out it helped reduce activation of a pathway that influences the inflammation. So anyone suffering from any sort of acne, this would be a great item to add to your diet! Also to note, coconut milk is actually full of healthy vitamins and minerals like manganese, magnesium, copper and phosphorous. It is really high in iron too! Also a decent source of niacin(vitamin B3) and folate!

Ok let’s get on to the recipe! It is so freakin’ easy you will want to make this every week πŸ™‚

Tools you will need:

  • Large bowl
  • Dish towel
  • Spoon
  • Can opener

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of Coconut Milk (Organic preferred)
  • 2 capsules of probiotics (I personally use the Genestra brand and it has worked well)
  • Natural sweetener of choice – stevia, maple syrup, coconut sugar, etc (if desired)

Prep:

  • Place the 2 cans of coconut milk in the fridge for a few hours – even overnight if you have the time, so it stiffens and is easier to scoop the cream off the top!

Instructions:

  • Take the 2 cans of coconut milk out of the fridge and remove the lids.
  • Carefully scoop the dense, white cream that has risen to the top out with a spoon and place it in the large bowl. Do that for both cans, leave the watery more clear coconut milk in the can for now.
  • Open the two capsules of probiotics and sprinkle on top of the coconut cream and stir it up really well.
  • Next take your dish cloth and cover the bowl and place it somewhere dark that is safe. I put mine in the cupboard so no curious kitties try to sneak some :p
  • Now leave it sit for approximately 24-48 hours. You can start testing the taste after a day. I found my sweet spot to be about 36 hours.
  • If it tastes sour or weird in any way throw it out! I personally haven’t had any issues like that. I just make sure my bowl is squeaky clean πŸ™‚
  • You can next add any sweetener you like, and store it in the fridge! It’s ready to eat! I personally like it plain and add fruit and hempseeds to jazz it up, but honestly, it tastes so good you could eat it plain!
  • Make sure you don’t waste the left over coconut milk. I just pour mine into an ice cube tray and once frozen, pop them into smoothies!

If you try this recipe let me know what you think πŸ™‚

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References

https://www.thesuperfoods.net/coconut/how-and-why-coconut-oil-helps-in-inflammation

http://foodfacts.mercola.com/coconut-milk.html#_edn10

http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/nut-and-seed-products/3114/2

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Creamy Acorn Squash Soup

Acorn Squash

With fall right around the corner I have been soup obsessed. This one is a current fave and is loaded with so many healthy fats to protect the skin during the transition of the seasons (although we are back in full summer temps at the moment and I’m not complaining!). Acorn squash is loaded with Vitamin C to boost your immune system which is important this time of year. Vitamin C also helps collagen production in the skin which keeps us looking our best! It is also loaded with beta-carotene and Vitamin A which protects the eyes and is great for theΒ skin by protecting against premature aging. Acorn squash is loaded with antioxidants to help fight free radical damage and the high potassium in it helps lower blood pressure, plus it’s anti-inflammatory! The red lentils in this soup add protein, are a good source of iron and make the soup more creamy and thick.

I like to make large batches of soup so I can have left-overs and freeze portion sizes for meals at a later date when life gets busy! This recipe makes about 5-6 servings, so if that is too much for you just cut the recipe in half! Let me know what you think πŸ™‚

Ingredients:

Servings 5-6

  • 2 medium sized Acorn Squashes
  • 2 cans of BPA-free coconut milk
  • 16 oz of veggie stock
  • 1 medium sized onion
  • 2 green apples
  • 1/2 cup red lentils
  • 4 tbsps coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp of paprika
  • sprinkle of cayenne (if you like a bit of heat)
  • sea salt to taste
  • 1-3 avocados

Instructions:

If you want to save yourself the trouble of cutting up the acorn squash raw, you can cut it in half and bake it first to soften it. Forty five minutes at 400 C, should do the trick (or until it’s soft enough to remove from the skin).

While the acorn squash is cooking you can start by adding the 4 tbsps of coconut oil to a large pot. Next slice up the onions and throw them in the pot with the oil, then slice up the green apples and add them.

Once the onion and apples are softened you can add the coconut milk, veggie stock, spices and sea salt. Then add the red lentils and acorn squash and simmer for about 15 minutes (30 minutes if acorn squash is not baked first).

Let cool a bit, then add it to the food processor, and blend until smooth. I have to do this in two parts usually because I like to do huge batch cooking so I can freeze for meals later in the week, or future. So pour your first blended part into a large bowl, while you blend up the rest.

Once creamy and smooth, portion out into your bowls and/or freezer-friendly glass containers. Add a chopped up avocado to garnish for extra healthy fats and to keep you feeling full for hours. You can pretend you’re fancy like me and drizzle it with some sriracha sauce after to make it look purdy :p

Enjoy πŸ˜‰

Creamy Acorn Squash Soup

Garnish with avocado and Sriracha sauce!

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