Coconut water and why it’s pretty awesome.

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So hydration – quite important right? The story goes – three days without water and you’re cactus.

In recent times though the fit and healthy crew have gone a bit overboard with DRINK ALL THE WATER!

But more than you actually need is not better at all and in fact can slow your metabolism down, overtax your kidneys and dilute the minerals and electrolytes your body actually needs to function correctly. More on that whole hullabaloo another time.

However that last point about electrolytes… leads me to coconut water.

Did you know that pure water may not be the actual best thing to hydrate your body properly?

SAY WHAT?

When you’re in hospital and they rehydrate you with a drip, it’s a mixture of saline solution and glucose – helping to enter the cells better than pure water.

So here comes coconut water from the young green coconut, already containing natural electrolytes. Nature rocks.

And while some articles such as this one… say specially formulated sports drinks are better, I for one, would rather use pure naturally occurring coconut water as a base and add a bit more mineral rich real salt and nutrient rich real raw honey as a sweetener myself, than drink the fluoro bright, chemical bombs on offer.

One coconut water I am loving at the moment is new Brisbane brand Cococoast. Sourced from Vietnam and available in plain green coconut with nothing added at all and passionfruit, which just has a hint of pure passionfruit juice added. No added sugar, no colours, no added flavours and nothing that you don’t need. It’s brilliant.

Both are perfect as is, or as the base for more adventurous concoctions.

Here are some of my creations:-

Passionfruit/Blueberry Gummies

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Passionfruit/Blueberry Popsicles

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Recipe…

I made the gummies and popsicles at the same time because they mostly have the same things in them but you get two different treats!

Blueberry jam part

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 TBS honey

1/2 cup Cococoast Passionfruit Coconut Water

1 TBS Peptipro Gelatin (orange tub)

Place the blueberries and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Raise to a simmer and cook for approx 15 mins stirring occasionally.

Add the gelatin to the coconut water and stir through ensuring there are no lumps.

Then add the gelatin mixture to the blueberry mixture and stir through over the heat until it looks kind of melty and combined.

Half fill gummie moulds and pour a little into popsicle moulds tipping up the sides to get a coated effect. Put both in the freezer to set a little before the next layer.

Passionfruit Coconut layer

1 cup Cococoast Passionfruit Coconut Water

2 TBS Peptipro Gelatin (orange tub)

2 TBS honey

Place coconut water in a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the top, mix through to ensure no lumps allowing the gelatin to bloom.

Add the honey stirring through and raise to barely a simmer.

Take the gummie and popsicle moulds out of the freezer and add the passionfruit mix on top. Gummies can then be returned to the fridge to complete their setting. About 1 hour.

Add a bit of the passionfruit mix to the popsicle moulds and return to the freezer.

Then make your coconut ice cream to add in – recipe here.

Heaven!

Passionfruit Coconut Super Drink

 

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Recipe…

1 cup Cococoast Passionfruit Coconut Water

1 TBS Peptipro Gelatin Hydrolysate (Blue tub)

1/2 cup San Pellegrino Mineral Water

1/4 tsp Himalayan Rock Salt

1/2 cup crushed ice

Optional extras…. splash of fresh OJ, 1 TBS Colloidal Minerals, garnishes like fresh mint, orange pieces, coconut sugar – your imagination can go wild!

But just with the original 5 ingredients listed, it is a mineral rich, super recovery drink that will knock your socks off and make your cells very happy campers.

So Cococoast Coconut Water is available in 500ml cans or 1.25 litre bottles (both BPA free) hopefully at a store near you! See stockist list below.

I tell you though, the Passionfruit flavour is rocking my world and will be added to my weekly grocery list for sure!

Bottoms up, Cheers and Saluti!

 

Kristy x

NB – All images where indicated courtesy of www.adrianalfordphotography.com

Stockist list

Night Owl network of stores
T Bones Aspley
Sam Coco Annerley
Rochedale Markets
Blunder Rd Country Markets
All About Fruit New Farm
Micks Nuts West End
Mister Fresh Browns Plains
Fruit and Deli Co Northlakes
Cleveland Discount Fruit Barn
Bio Shop Noosaville
IGA Landsborough
IGA Wurtulla
B Fresh Warana
Hilton Terrace Fruit and Veg Tewantin
Daniel Street Markets Caloundra
IGA Yandina
Jeffers Yandina
Howard Street Markets Nambour
Charlies Vegan Pantry (all locations)
The Greener Grocer Isle Of Capri
Ambarella Fine Foods Burleigh Waters
Flannerys Tugun
Tugun Fruit Market
Gold Coast Growers Market
Flannerys Maroochydore
IGA Hall St Bondi
IGA Breakfast Point
Fruit Ezy Chatswood Chase
Fruit Ezy Chatswood Westfield
Fruit Ezy Miranda
Panetta Mercado Macquarie Westfield
IGA Castle Crag
Foodworks Little Bay
Greener Grocer Maroubra
Kemenys Bondi
IGA Murwillumbah
IGA Tweed Valley
IGA Mullumbimby

 

The switch from very Low Carb to Pro Metabolic eating Part 2 – The OUT list.

saladleavesSo last post I detailed all the foods I’m including in my diet to eat in a pro metabolic way, if you need a refresher of what they were, then click here.

Now here is the ‘perhaps they are not as healthy as we thought’ list.

Some entries may shock you as they did me… approach with an open mind…

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The switch from very Low Carb/Keto to Pro Metabolic eating.

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Ok, so I’ve mentioned a few times now that I have changed how I am eating.

The reason:

…my holy grail – low sugar and low carb – stopped working for me and the weight started to pile back on!

Oh no!

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Cherry & Blueberry Popsicles

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What happened to the cherries this year? Hardly any in the stores and still so expensive. Just as well there are frozen options handy at all times.

Have been loving these fruity popsicles (or Icy Poles for the Aussies!) just as an after dinner ‘cool me down’ and little sweet hit.

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What I’ve learned… was mostly wrong!

happyny2017It’s been an eye opening last 6 months for me on the healthy food front!

I’ve discovered a whole different angle of nutrition based on nourishing, healing and nurturing your body. It supports healthy hormones, regulates your blood sugar, encourages repair and rejuvenation and is basically everything you need for a super healthy body, fast metabolism and easy weight loss/maintenance.

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Christmas Round Up

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Not sure what it is about December but as soon as it hits, the panic sets in!

I always feel like I have more time than I do to get things organised and it freaks me out when I realise I don’t! How about you?

One year, I’d love to go away for all of December and January and just skip it. Bask on a beach maybe?

As you can imagine, I haven’t been adding to the stress by trying to create new treats – the imagination is still running wild with new options I want to try, but I’m being kind to myself.

So I thought I would leave you with a few suggestions on nibbles and sweets from my past recipe pursuits, that may work for our hot weather Chrissy and keep everyone healthy at the same time.

And even better, at the end of my list, Sonia from Natural New Age Mum has compiled a fantastic resource of Christmas wholefood recipes from other healthy writers – lots of great ideas there. Totally saved me the work and more stress! Cheers Sonia!

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Starters & Snacks

Cheesy Chips

Olive & Feta Party Sticks

Tahini Dip with Celery

Avocado Dip

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Slices & sweet treats

Cherry & Orange Festive Slice

Healthy White Christmas

Coconut Snaps

Gummies – Coffee, Lemon, Coconut Cream & Lemon

Vanilla Coconut Bliss Ice-Cream

Lemoni Slice

A great wholefood Christmas resource:

http://naturalnewagemum.com/a-healthy-wholefood-christmas/

I think I’ll be trying a few of these myself!

 

Have a wonderful Christmas and holiday break where ever you venture.

Wishing you fun, love, laughter and, of course – amazing health.

Jingle bells,

 

Kristy x

(Thanks to www.adrianalfordphotography.com for the images!)

Pro Metabolic Orange Popsicles

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

Apparently real orange juice is quite the recovery wonder food. We always knew it had lots of Vitamin C but it also has magnesium and when combined with sea salt, hydrolysed gelatin and coconut water it’s better for electrolyte replacement after strenuous exercise, than the chemical laden sports drinks.

Sounds good to me.

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Cherry Orange Festive Slice

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Image by www.adrianalfordphotography.com

So this slice started out as something a little different.

I had just whacked together a few things in my pantry and fridge and was expecting to work miracles again without too much effort. Unfortunately this time… not so lucky.

My taste testers said “yeah it’s ok, but a bit bland.” And I had to agree. Not sweet enough or flavoursome at all really. It was kind of like my White Christmas Slice but no where near as good.

So luckily with these melt and mix type creations, you can melt it down again and add more things. So that’s what I did.

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What’s your temperature? And what does it have to do with weight loss?

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Do you know what your resting temperature is?

How about 30 mins after you eat food?

Why does it matter anyway?

Well turns out your body temperature and heart rate are like a little window into your metabolic system and gives a good indication if it’s cranking properly or spluttering to a halt. Health professionals are using these measures along with blood work and checking a list of symptoms, to give a true picture of what’s working, what’s not and if your hormones and thyroid may be out of whack.

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Coffee Gummies

coffee, gelatin, gummies, gut health, ray peat, gelatin australiaNow that coffee has crept back into my life a little, it was inevitable that it would appear in some recipes. Added here, it gives a brilliant taste to the gummie lolly, which ends up all creamy, sweet and bursting with flavour.

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