Whole30 Hacks – Healthy Treats

Almost all of my life, I’ve treated food (and then later, alcohol) as reward. “I’ve lost weight; I deserve this treat. I’m stressed out; I need this treat. I accomplished this; I’ve earned this drink.” Etc. This Whole30 round, I’ve been working hard to find treats and rewards that will actually boost my happiness and aid in my self-care. The last few weekends, my daughter and I have picked out these sweet yellow carnations at Costco, and they brighten my mood every day. Take care of yourselves, friends!

Whole30 Hacks – Products I Love, V. 1 – Coconuts

I love the Whole30. I love what it does for my mind, body, skin, sleep, etc. This if my fourth round in two years, and I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way.

To start, here are a few products I really love that you might not find front-and-center in a typical Whole30 conversation. And today is all about the coconut!

Good, healthy fats are really important for satiety and overall health. I’m avoiding nuts and seeds this round, which means my go-to almond butter is out at the moment, as are my favorite Kirkland brand macadamia nuts. Instead, the delicious coconut is carrying me through.

Coconut Butter

Someone told me the other day that they liked the flavor coconut butter adds to their breakfast dish. I retorted that I really like the flavor coconut butter adds to my spoon.

This stuff is delicious and satisfying. Also, it’s pretty hard in its solid state, so it’s difficult to binge on, and it triggers your satiety pretty quickly as well. It’s the perfect way to bump up your fat intake, whether you’re having trouble balancing your macronutrients (protein, fat, and carbs), or if you’re needing to increase your healthy fats due to pregnancy or nursing (eat up, mamas!!).

I’m sure there are many ways to incorporate coconut butter into recipes, but as I mentioned above, all I really need is a spoon.

Coconut Milk

I’ve been using Nutpods in my coffee for a few months, but as previously mentioned, I’m avoiding nuts this round, so it’s just straight coconut milk for me at the moment.

For iced coffee, SO Delicious’s Lite Culinary Coconut Milk is perfect. It doesn’t clump, and it adds a nice creamy flavor to your coffee. (Look for it in the Asian cooking section of your grocery store. Again, emphasis on LITE, not original.)

For hot coffee, I scoop the cream from a can of coconut milk into my coffee, and use a coffee frother (one my mom accidentally left at my house, and I’ve since very happily added it to my daily ritual) to whip it into a delicious, frothy concoction.

As a bonus, I add a dash of Primal Palate’s Pumpkin Pie Spice for days when I’m feeling particularly sassy.

Coconut Chips

Add these to a snack of fruit and nuts, or simply to the palm of your hand, and enjoy!

That’s it for today. I’ll be back with future editions with information about my favorite cookbooks, spices, etc.