I love desserts, but when I added up the amount of sugar and other “not so healthy” ingredients I was using, I felt the urge to bake less.
The guilt of enjoying puddings after a nice meal, or having muffins and flapjacks for breakfast, or even enjoying them as a light lunch is not associated with adverse feelings anymore.
I can now bake my favorite desserts at any time, and we can eat as much of it as we want – because I substitute with healthier ingredients. I have found coconut products!
If you do not find it necessary to make the change from regular sugars, flour, milk and cream to alternatives like coconut, may I take this time to encourage you to try it?
We tend to forget the comfort we draw from eating unhealthily. Our bodies associate food, especially foods high in sugar with happiness and feelings of euphoria, which in turn provides a false sense of joy and comfort.
There are very few processed foods on the market today that do not have some form of sugar within the list of ingredients. The bottom line remains this; eating processed meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner is very detrimental to your health and the health of your family.
I understand it is almost impossible to eliminate those foods entirely and to restrict your children when you may not have an eye on them 24-7, but what you CAN do is to inform them of healthier food choices. Being a good example is worth a lot.
The truth is – it’s a lot simpler than you might think. I admit the first time I told my almost nine-year-old daughter that we were going to start baking and cooking with coconut products, she was not thrilled. I think “yuck” is the word she used at the time. She had never tasted coconut milk, water, flour, sugar or oil and yet she made it evident that she disliked the idea.
Despite this minor setback, I pushed on. Mentioned below are a few ways I added the coconut products to my daughter's diet without her knowing, and today she eats toasted coconut shavings when she feels like a light snack on weekends.
Substitute half of your whole milk with coconut milk for the first few weeks and use this ratio for all your baking and cooking needs. You'll be on your way to being 50% healthier, and you might even prefer the taste. Adding coconut flour to your recipes is a little trickier, read more about this here...baking with coconut flour.
You can substitute all your recipes, even your coffee, and tea.
The natural aroma and taste of coconut products are subtle and pleasant and should be tolerated quite well.
If you are suffering from health concerns, or you want to avoid them altogether, using coconut products can help you achieve that. To list but a few benefits:
Go nuts, try coconut as an alternative. Your skin, hair, nails and quite frankly – your whole body will thank you!
What's your opinion on this?