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Enjoy Coconuts For All These Great Reasons

Updated on November 20, 2014

Coconuts Are Good For You!

Discover the nutritional benefits of drinking coconut water and enjoy one of the finest products nature has to offer.

Growing up in the Caribbean, I must admit to being spoiled. I can get fresh coconuts year round and vendors sell freshly bottled coconut water on the highways and 1/2 gallon bottles of fresh coconut water can also be found in many grocery stores and indeed at most bars it can also be served as a mixer.

I have eczema and didn't even know it until my first pregnancy. Fruit juices etc are bad for my skin condition - in fact even though I would only have a glass of passion fruit or orange juice once in a while - at 6 weeks Kristen's skin had some red and white patches which were attributed to the fact that mummy had been naughty and was drinking... of all things - fruit juice. I was told to drink... you guessed it - MORE coconut water - it worked like a dream and her skin cleared in no time.

There are people who believe in researching the quality and benefits and having controlled studies to "determine" these benefits. I say once you're not allergic to it, most things in their natural unprocessed state like coconut water are good for you.

I drink water all the time, limit sodas/fruit juice to one a day and drink as much coconut water as I like. I really love juice bars where you can create your own smoothies - all yellow and orange fruit or vegetables in their natural state make my mouth itch so I am partial to watermelon, berries and grapes and if the bar has coconut water then I must have a dash of that too :)

The Difference Between Coconut Water & Coconut Milk

The Coconut Water Craze

I don't believe in hype - to each his own!

This article caught my attention: Is The Coconut Water Craze All It's Cracked Up To Be ?

I don't believe in hype - "To Each His Own" is one of my favorite sayings. However, I do count myself very lucky to have grown up with a father who bought coconuts every weekend in order to stock our fridge with fresh coconut water himself.

We grew up with a love for this drink in its most natural form - when the coconuts are naturally sweet, it is an extra special treat but otherwise the taste of the water from fresh green coconuts can hardly be described as offensive. There are some people who say they don't the like the taste and in my experience it's rare that you will actually get a perfect naturally sweet coconut water every time, but the water is refreshing and it will be better for you than 90% of the other drinks that are available these days, so mix it with whatever you find makes the taste more palatable to you and enjoy all its nutrional benefits to the fullest!

What can you make with coconut products?

I use coconut milk in soups and curries all the time and I love coconut ice cream and coconut cheesecake.

Making coconut milk from scratch can be quite tedious, check out my favorite brands of coconut milk and cream of coconut below and use them to add their delightful flavors to your own recipes and treats.

This is my favorite brand of Coconut Milk

Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk, 13.66 fl oz (Case of 12)
Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk, 13.66 fl oz (Case of 12)

I use this brand in soups and curries to give them a special flavor - it's all natural and has no preservatives. Thai Kitchen Premium Coconut Milk from the first-pressing of fresh, ripe coconut meat is prized in Thai cuisine for its delicate flavor and luxurious texture. This Coconut Milk is terrific in curries, sauces, soups, cocktails and desserts and it also makes an excellent non-dairy substitute in recipes calling for milk or cream.

 

Learn How to Make Coconut Ice Cream

A Delicious Coconut Cheesecake Recipe is just a click away!

Coco Lopez Cream of Coconut - My Favorite Brand!

Coco Lopez Cream Coconut, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)
Coco Lopez Cream Coconut, 15-Ounce Cans (Pack of 6)

This is a delicious, sweet and creamy product that I use when I am making coconut cheesecakes - it's so good, I use the whole can and don't add any sugar!

 

A Coconut Loaf with regular all purpose flour

Coconut Flour - A Gluten Free Option

Check out this great article from Living Without Magazine on Cooking with Coconut Flour.

You'll find great recipes to try and excellent advice on how you can substitute coconut flour in your cooking.

Coconut Flour - it's gluten free & high in fiber!

Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 16 Ounce (Pack of 4)
Bob's Red Mill Organic Coconut Flour, 16 Ounce (Pack of 4)

Coconut Flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. It is low in digestible carbohydrates, a good source of protein and lends baked goodies a rich texture and a unique, natural sweetness.

 

Woohoo - A Gluten Free Coconut Loaf!

Search Amazon for Coconut Cookbooks - Get great ideas for using coconut in your diet

Coconuts Palms For Life

"He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a home for himself and a heritage for his children"

- South Seas saying

Coconut Wood Furniture & Flooring

The Palmwood range of products includes furniture, flooring and columns. These products are suitable for interior and exterior applications in wet and dry environments. The wood outperforms conventional hardwoods for durability and is available in standard sizes or can be customized for applications in construction.

For more information, check out this Hub on Pacific Green Furniture & Palm Global Flooring.

What's your favorite coconut product?

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Very nice lens. Coconut used to be a rare item in Europe but not any more due to international trading. Most of the times I use coconut flakes in my recipes. Now I discovered not only great recipes but other valuable information as well. Thanks for sharing:=)

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Love Coconut

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      KandH 4 years ago

      @artbyrodriguez: glad you like it :)

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      Beverly Rodriguez 4 years ago from Albany New York

      What a yummy lens.