Spotlight On | Coconut

Spotlight On | Coconut | nutritionstripped.com I know what you’re probably thinking, I’m nuts about coconut with all these posts having coconut milk, coconut flakes, coconut water, or coconut flour in them, and you’re right! I’m crazy for coconuts (in a good crazy kind of way?). Today, let’s talk all about the nutrition contained in all things coconut, how to use, how to eat, and different types of coconut.

Whenever I mention coconut oil as another cooking oil to be used I hear roughly the same thing “Eeek! McKel, that’s a saturated fat!” It sure is. Coconut oil is comprised of about 90% saturated fat. So why do personally use and recommend this oil in cooking? The type of fatty acids that make up coconut oil’s saturated fat content are medium chain triglycerides, about 65%. Unlike long chain fatty acids (the majority of fats in our diet), which must go through modification prior to being digested and absorbed in our bodies, medium chain triglycerides are passively diffused from our gastrointestinal tract to the portal system (i.e. our bodies find it super easy to break down the fat before getting rapidly absorbed and used for energy by the body). Coming from a clinical background, MCT’s are very commonly used in treating people who have malabsorption issues, ketogenic diets, or for increasing calories without much volume.

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Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream

Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream | nutritionstripped.com In a previous post I shared with you one of my favorite go-to healthy desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth, Banana NOcream, a non-dairy, gluten free, vegan and paleo friendly “ice cream” recipe. Today I share with you a new type of “ice cream” that still fits all of the mentioned dietary preferences, Simply Coconut Milk Ice Cream. This will also go perfectly for an upcoming post (hint, hint) and every other delicious dish you pair with ice cream or my favorite way, au naturel.

I know what you may be thinking, a whole can of coconut milk, isn’t that fattening? Yes, it is high in fat…BUT this type of fat is great and can be used to replace other fats in your diet. The fat contained in coconut meat/milk is mostly MCT (medium chain triglyceride), which is digested completely differently than standard fats in our diet (a.k.a. long chain fatty acids/triglycerides); and are more easily used as energy and broken down by the body. I love coconuts and the health benefits of adding this food high in saturated fat so much that I wrote an entire post about it here and of course you can bet coconut is always in my pantry (in all forms!).

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Kale Hemp Tabbouleh

Kale Hemp Tabbouleh, kale, hemp seeds, tabbouleh, salad You all (y’all) should know by now my love for salads in all forms and most recently I shared with you one of my favorite summer salads, the Cucumber Salad with Citrus Dill Dressing. Kale Hemp Tabbouleh is another summer inspired salad using fresh ingredients, most of which you can find at your local farmers market this season. Traditional tabbouleh is made with grains, this is a complete twist using no grains and made from all raw vegetables-  it’s low carbohydrate with a high protein twist from omega-3 rich hemp seeds.

Do you remember how I said I really like saying the word baba ghanoush, well tabbouleh (tuh-boo-luh or sometimes pronounced tuh-bul-lay in the US) is another word that I add into my “fun to say word” book. What is tabbouleh?  Traditional tabbouleh contains bulgar wheat (a gluten containing grain), onions, tomatoes, cucumbers, garlic, sea salt, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, parsley, scallions, and mint. This dish is very popular among the Middle Eastern regions and of course, the dish and ingredients vary among regions/cultures. It’s served chilled or room temperature often in many ways (i.e. entree, side, “condiment”). A fun fact about tabbouleh: it holds a place in the Guinness Book of World Records!

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Orange NOcreamsicle Smoothie

Orange NOcreamsicle Smoothie | nutritionstripped.com Orange NOcreamsicle. You may be thinking “McKel, what?”. If you’re from the US, we’re all very familiar with the orange cream popsicle as a favorite frozen treat. If you’re not familiar with it, an orange cream popsicle is a frozen dessert with a thick ice cream-like center surrounded by a super sweet orange icy popsicle. I absolutely love this combination of the bright and refreshing orange with the thick creamy vanilla flavored center. What I don’t love about it, are the ingredients used to make this popular cold treat. Today I share with you one of my favorite variations on a Stripped Green Smoothie, Orange NOcreamsicle (no-cream, non-dairy, no unnatural sugars).

All the flavors of a classic orange cream popsicle in one healthy glass! Compared to an orange cream popsicle, which contains over 30 ingredients (including the worst offenders high fructose corn syrup, food dyes and more sugar), check here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here to name a few reasons why I’m not a fan of high fructose corn syrup, and why you shouldn’t be either. This Orange NOcreamsicle contains under 7 quality ingredients. You know I enjoy my smoothies post-workout and this is another smoothie perfect for that.

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Raw Peach Tart

Raw Peach Tart, raw, vegan, tart One of my favorite fruits in season in the summer months are peaches, hands down peaches. If you’ve been keeping up to date with my daily life Instagram or Facebook then you know I’ve been all over these peaches for the past couple of weeks. On a farmers market trip last weekend, I picked up the classic brown paper bag filled with the best peaches I’ve ever tasted (no exaggeration here) from the Peach TruckI kept the brown paper bag filled with gorgeous peaches on my countertop for a couple of days to get them perfectly ripe, and in the meantime I was filled with inspiration of what I was going to make -the Raw Peach Tart idea came incredibly naturally. Since I like to keep most of my diet light on digestion and raw especially in the warmer months, this was perfect to celebrate all the flavors of these peaches, untouched.

This Raw Peach Tart is perfect for the warmer months when you want a cool treat that’s light and refreshing. When I think of desserts during this time of year in the Nashville heat, my body craves something slightly sweet but also chilled. This recipe satisfies both! It’s also a great dessert to bring to summer BBQ’s with friends, to share something new.

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