As I mentioned recently, we’re doing a Whole30. We aren’t very good at it, though, and are breaking a lot of rules. I am doing a luscious blended coffee concoction with coconut oil in the mornings that I am quickly becoming quite romantically attached to. I puffy-heart-love it. (I’m such a rebel. And by rebel I mean dork. And by that, I mean awesome. Yeah, and also: all of the above, obvis.)
I used to get the mid-morning munchies on a regular basis. Even when eating a decent breakfast of eggs with fruit. Sometimes a meat side, sometimes some sauteed veggies. My fast metabolism (stangely dormant in my muffin top zone – bah humbug) can easily crank through those calories and demand more in short order.
Regardless of what I put on my plate, though, I always manage to prevent those annoying tummy rumblings when I include coconut oil or full-fat coconut milk in my breakfast routine.
And you know what? I have noticed myself being satiated after breakfast for WAAAAAYYYYY longer since starting Whole30.
The difference? I am including a lot more coconut oil and coconut milk in my diet right now. One or the other (or both) are happening daily.
And so it is with lip-smacking pleasure that I must inform you that I’ve bumped another fave to the level of mad passionate love: coconut milk. The full-fat kind in a can (watch your labels for junk additives) that glops out the cream with a lovely sluuurp noise, followed by the gush of liquid.
That stuff is crazy-powerful for knocking out the hunger pangs, friends. My can says that it has 13 grams of fat in 1/3 cup (with 5x that in the whole can), and most of it is saturated.
(NOTE: Don’t be afraid of saturated fat, friends. The latest research disproves the notion that it is unhealthy, and shows that it is actually essential for good health! Check out this article from Katie at Wellness Mama for more information.)
My favorite way to have coconut milk is in this smoothie. I always dump the whole can in the blender with the rest of the ingredients, and I can barely pour it fast enough in my kids’ cups before they’re licking them out like ravenous beasts. They get grumpy when I don’t refill fast enough, too.
My advice: double-batch it if you want some for yourself. If there are leftovers (ha! you’re funny!) then pour ’em in popsicle molds to blow their little minds at tomorrow’s snack time. Racking up Mom-of-the-Year awards like a boss.
Make and enjoy!
Customizable Coconut Milk Smoothie: Rich in Healthy Fats to Curb the Munchies
- 1 can coconut milk watch your label for junky additives.
- 2 frozen bananas
- 2 cups fruit your choice
- 1 tablespoon hemp hearts optional
- 1 handful spinach or de-stalked kale optional
- Blend coconut milk and hemp hearts together on high with a high-powered blender.
- Add the banana and the rest of the fruit.
- Add the greens, if desired.
Helpful and delicious, thanks!
Thank you for this yummy recipe! I’m on day 4 of an elimination diet & my regular fat sources are out (no nuts or dairy, ugh) so I’ve been starving. Whipped this up with mango & raspberries. So creamy and delicious, plus my picky 3-year-old sucked down two servings. I’ll be having a lot of these in the next few weeks!
Tried this this morning. I’m not the person to think of having smoothies for breakfast, so thanks for the post. My 2- and 4-year-old loved it! And you’re right — feeling really full right now! 🙂
Maybe I missed it, but did you say how many servings this is? I’m currently nursing my 8month old, so I’m always hungry. . . but I’ve also got 45 lbs of baby flab to loose 🙁
What is the recipe for you breakfast concoction?
Hmmm… good call. I should totally share that here. I’ll snap some pics and share that recipe ASAP! Stay tuned 🙂
mmmm coconut milk smoothie, what a great idea! yippee I have some in the cupboard – off I go to try this!
i am a bit stunned at the price of the vitamix – a lot of my fave natural / simple living blogs recommend, and I truly don’t mean to sound judgy, I am genuinely wondering about how much better it can be to justify that price? I am curious what things it can do that a $100 or $200 blender can’t. My son has autism and a severely self limited diet due to sensory issues with food. Blender smoothies packed with good stuff have been a life saver, and an every day go-to for all of us, so I can certainly say I would use it every day but I’d love to hear why it is so worth it to get a vitamix?
Hi Lottie, great question! The Vitamix (and their main competitor, Blendtec) are just extremely powerful machines, and much more long-lasting than your typical “cheaper” machines. They can do more, and they do it to perfection. It can puree frozen in 2 seconds to a perfect smoothie, where a cheaper machine would be struggling and burning out its motor. It can make peanut butter, it can grind grains into flour, it can even make soup (leaving it on high for a certain number of minutes actually gets a blended soup hot enough to serve). It is a wonderful machine, and well worth the money… IF you use it 🙂 If you use a blender like once a month, it probably isn’t worth it for you. For others – its great 🙂 Hope that helps!
Thanks for the reply Beth! That is good to know. I do find the idea of making my own flour intriguing. Vitamix certainly can do more than other blenders.
And the coconut milk smoothie is so awesome, a nice change.
If you don’t want to splurge for a vitamix, check out the ninja! It is much much cheaper, and I find it purees things like kale and frozen bananas with no effort at all!!
Just whipped this up for my almost eight-year-old daughter who has an insatiable appetite lately. Hoping it holds her till lunch! I did a Whole 30 this summer. Thank God that’s over! 🙂
Awesome! How did she like it? Did it seem to hold her over?
Ha! I LOVED it– and ended up drinking most of it myself. She is the pickiest child I’ve ever met. She tried it and promptly told me she doesn’t like coconut. I added some cocoa and maple syrup and still no dice. More for me!
I love smoothies…but where do you get good coconut milk? Until recently we were buying the grocery store stuff, then I started checking the label. YIKES!
We get canned organic coconut milk at the grocery store and it has three ingredients: organic coconut, water, organic guar gum. The brand is “Native Forest.” Perhaps you could find it online. I’ve also heard of making it yourself, but I don’t have time for that!
Native Forest is good. I also like a brand called “Aroy-D” when I can find it. Usually in the Asian section of stores. I forget which grocery store has it in our area, Lauren. I’m shopping at new places since we moved. I’ll let you know if I remember. That brand has just coconut milk, coconut cream, and water, I think. Having just the guar gum in addition would be an acceptable compromise. Some brands have like 6-7 things in the ingredients list and that just annoys me 😉
Wow, that sounds good! Have you tried adding cocoa? Is the coconut milk sweet enough to take it? (Yes, I’m looking for a reduced-guilt way to enjoy chocolate – is that so wrong? 🙂 ) Happy Whole-30ing to you!
I’ve not tried cocoa … but I think you may be on to something here 😀
Making this today!!! I am out of hemp hearts….so I will add some PB and maybe chia seeds! Mmmmm!!!!!!! Muffin top, be gone!!!!
I hope you loved it! 🙂 #booooformuffintops