It’s no surprise to any of our readers that we are huge fans of coconut. Not only does it taste delightful in all its different forms, it is also one of our faves for fighting those needy sugar cravings. Whether it’s in the form of flakes, oil, milk, chips or fresh, coconut is a winner when it comes to filling you up and dealing with cravings. Here are some great ways you can find and use coconut to help kick those sugar cravings to the curb without any nasty side-effects of refined sugar-laden snacks:
1. Pan-Fry Veggies in Coconut Oil
Sweet potato or pumpkin chunks can be lathered in coconut oil and sprinkled with salt then pan-fried to perfection. This is a great option if you have the cooking facilities available and need something satiating to tide you over until your next meal. You could even add coconut flakes or desiccated coconut for the last few mins of frying to make the chunks extra golden and crispy.
2. A Sprinkle of Desiccated Coconut
Sprinkle some desiccated coconut over your morning oats, fresh fruit or yogurt to take its nutrition value up a notch. These little morsels of coconut will add a delightful sweetness and also keep you nice and full.
3. Whip Up a Rice Pudding
All you need to do is heat up any leftover rice/quinoa/oats combination with a good splash of coconut milk until creamy and sweet. Then add vanilla, cinnamon, nuts and anything else that tickles your fancy for a tasty flavour. Rice pudding makes the perfect, sweet yet nourishing snack between meals or even pre-bedtime if you’re still a little peckish.
4. Coconut Oil Straight From the Jar
You might be used to lathering up your body or hair with coconut oil for its natural moisturising benefits. You’ll be happy to learn that this isn’t its only awesome use! Eating a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil as is will fill you up and stop your sweet craving right in its tracks.
5. Add Coconut to Your Smoothie
Whether this be desiccated coconut, coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut cream or any other type of coconut on your radar, this will bulk up your smoothie and keep you full for longer. Most types of coconut will also add an extra smooth, creamy texture to your smoothie. So delish!
6. A Cuppa Coconut Water
Coconut water is an amazing electrolyte that is even more hydrating than tap water. Fresh coconut water straight out of the coconut is the most authentic and will provide wonderful health benefits (you can read all about them here) otherwise there are some lovely organic, fair-trade packaged coconut waters that are also super nourishing and can be taken on the go as an energy booster.
7. Coconut Milk All Ways
Straight out of a glass, mixed into your favourite Thai curry or poured over fresh fruit for instant dessert… A cup of coconut milk can go a long way in filling you up, nourishing your insides with healthy fats and giving you that healthy glow from within.
8. Toast Your Coconut
Toast up your own coconut chips at home with your favourite sweet or savoury seasoning – think cinnamon, vanilla, paprika, chilli, salt… OR Ceres Organics Coconut Smiles are delicious thick coconut chips that are lightly seasoned then dry toasted to make a tasty, guilt-free snack. Not only are they high in your satiating healthy fats, they also contain plenty of dietary fibre and are low in sugar and carbs. With 3 available flavours, these morsels are best devoured straight from the pack!
Ceres Organics provide a huge range of deliciously nourishing snack foods that you can learn more about here. Their yummy range of Coconut Smiles are found inside the April Delight Box which you can purchase here. Do you enjoy coconut in other ways than what we’ve discussed? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below xo