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Old 04-14-2008, 11:29 AM   #1
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Why coconut milk?

I've read some people advocate coconut milk. Wouldn't all that saturated fat throw off your fat ratios? (Especially when olive oil, or avocados are usually available.)
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:34 AM   #2
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Re: Why coconut milk?

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I've read some people advocate coconut milk. Wouldn't all that saturated fat throw off your fat ratios? (Especially when olive oil, or avocados are usually available.)
You're assuming Fat ratio's per the Zone diet?

Not everyone follows Zone.
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:40 AM   #3
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Re: Why coconut milk?

why coconut milk?

it tastes really good.

low carb

good for a milk sub for those who are lactose intolerant or paleo.

As for the fat, I suppose if you were following strict zone it might be tough to fit it in, if you are only allowed a small amount of fat per meal.

I know trader joes does a light coconut milk for 99cents, it has half the fat/calories (basically watered down) so you could fit some of that into your zone proportions.

It's great for making thai dishes, I make thai green curry and it is so easy, just green curry paste and coconut milk (and the chicken/veggies of course)
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Old 04-14-2008, 11:45 AM   #4
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Re: Why coconut milk?

Coconut fat is comprised of medium chain saturated fatty acid, not long chain saturated fatty acid. Google that and be careful which sites you read it from - don't trust a website that's trying to sell you something. Basically, saturated fat is wrongly demonized.
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Old 04-14-2008, 03:33 PM   #5
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Re: Why coconut milk?

i get the watered down coconut milk from trader joe's. 2 fl oz is one fat block (4 g to be exact). i use it in smoothies, where i can afford a lot of fat due to the protein powder i use. quite tasty, and makes the smoothies have an ice cream-like consistency
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:20 AM   #6
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Re: Why coconut milk?

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i get the watered down coconut milk from trader joe's. 2 fl oz is one fat block (4 g to be exact). i use it in smoothies, where i can afford a lot of fat due to the protein powder i use. quite tasty, and makes the smoothies have an ice cream-like consistency
How much coconut milk do you use in smoothies? When coconut milk comes out of the can it is really.....weird. Do you just stir it up before putting it in smoothies or am I thinking of the wrong thing? What is your smoothie recipe? I'm always looking for new smoothies.
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:46 AM   #7
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How much coconut milk do you use in smoothies? When coconut milk comes out of the can it is really.....weird. Do you just stir it up before putting it in smoothies or am I thinking of the wrong thing? What is your smoothie recipe? I'm always looking for new smoothies.
The stuff that I have is watered down. It's not raw, which is ideal, but it's the closest thing I could find. I usually just stir it up and measure out 1/4 to 3/4 of a cup, depending on how many blocks i'm eating. my all-time favorite smoothie tastes like a milkshake. for a 3 block smoothie I use:
1/2 c coconut milk (8 g fat)
1 tbs raw cocoa powder
1.33 scoops of chocolate protein powder (3 blocks worth)
1.5 c cherries
Blend in a vitamix and voile! A rich, chocolatey, zone-worthy milkshake!
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:50 AM   #8
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i get the watered down coconut milk from trader joe's. 2 fl oz is one fat block (4 g to be exact). i use it in smoothies, where i can afford a lot of fat due to the protein powder i use. quite tasty, and makes the smoothies have an ice cream-like consistency
thanks for the tip, i've been just using almond butter for my smoothies but i tried adding only 1/3 cup of TJ's lite coconut milk instead and it did come out w/ the ice cream consistency... So Good

i like adding wild frozen blueberries, cinnamon, cocoa powder, chocolate protein powder, walnuts, and 3 cubes of ice.. you can adjust to fit your block requirement

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Old 04-15-2008, 07:13 AM   #9
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Re: Why coconut milk?

And I like to add some ground flax seeds and cinn. to the mix!! Perhaps a touch of vanilla....berries are awesome as is an apple or pear chunk!
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:31 AM   #10
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The stuff that I have is watered down. It's not raw, which is ideal, but it's the closest thing I could find. I usually just stir it up and measure out 1/4 to 3/4 of a cup, depending on how many blocks i'm eating. my all-time favorite smoothie tastes like a milkshake. for a 3 block smoothie I use:
1/2 c coconut milk (8 g fat)
1 tbs raw cocoa powder
1.33 scoops of chocolate protein powder (3 blocks worth)
1.5 c cherries
Blend in a vitamix and voile! A rich, chocolatey, zone-worthy milkshake!
that sounds REALLY good!

It would go well with tropical fruits also : mango, pineapple etc.

mmm chocolate coconut, would be like one of those choc coconut larabars but in a shake!
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