I’ve received a few messages and emails from lovelies embarking on the Sugar Free Diet. Having gone through the initial stages of the sugar withdrawal myself, I know how necessary it is to feel like you’re not completely depriving yourself. That being said, this post is dedicated to you.
I ran out of almond milk today, and because it is a public holiday in Norway, all the stores are closed. I was craving an afternoon chia seed pudding - the one from my Snack Attack Blog Post. Well, I got a little creative (or desperate) and cracked a can of organic coconut milk. I often cook with coconut milk, as there are a lot of health and beauty benefits that come from both the milk as well as coconut oil.
I stirred up the coconut milk, (it has a tendency to separate)
Then I threw a quarter cup of chia seeds in a bowl.
I added 2/3 cup of the coconut milk,
3 drops of vanilla extract,
a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and
1/2 a packet of stevia.
After setting it for 5 or 10 minutes, I devoured it. Delicious. I have a new favorite.
Why is Coconut Milk Good for Me?
I keep coconut milk on hand for a few reasons - firstly, it is a delicious addition to many recipes. Secondly, the health and beauty benefits of this nut are huge. A cup of coconut milk provides you with a quarter of your daily iron requirements (any anemia sufferers?), its high fiber content makes you feel full and satiated, it is high in potassium (like the banana, but with much less sugar), it helps to maintain your blood sugar levels at a healthy state (with manganese) and the copper (the mineral, not the metal) in coconut milk keeps your skin supple in its battle against wrinkles. Another win for the coconut for both your beauty and your health.
Find coconut milk at any grocery store, but try to stick to organic wherever possible.