Coconut Milk Fresh Raw Goodness in One Hit

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Hi friends! Can you believe that I am now going on to my 5th week of living here in Tamarindo, Costa Rica? I can't believe how fast time is going by. Each day, I have to pinch myself... I can't believe that this is my life. Being here, I have been so fortunate to have an abundance of amazing fresh fruits and vegetables. One thing that I can't get enough of is pipa fria (fresh, cold coconut water). There is nothing more refreshing in the heat than a fresh, cold coconut water. Yesterday, after walking along the beach, I quenched by thirst with one. I ended up saving the coconut to make Coconut Milk. It was fairly easy to make, just like almond milk. If you've ever had coconut milk you'll know that the texture is uber creamy, pretty much like that of half and half cream.

Homemade Raw Coconut Milk

What You'll Need

Flesh from one coconut 3 cups of water High speed blender (I used the Magic Bullet NutriBullet) CoffeeSock (or Cheesecloth)

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What You'll Need To Know

Once you’ve got that coconut flesh all extracted from the hard shell and peeled and ready to go, just add it to your blender, along with 2 cups of water from your coconut and an extra cup of plain filtered water. Process that on the highest possible speed for at least 5 minutes, maybe even 10. I used the Magic Bullet NutriBullet, since it is the blend I currently have here in Tamarindo.

You really want to get the most out of that coconut flesh as you possibly can. You’ll notice, as the flesh spins around, that it will get looser and looser and will spin more freely after a while, liquefying into a silk white liquid. You want to be able to see a good amount of liquid in there.

When you feel your coconut has given all it had to give, transfer the contents of your blender to a fine mesh sieve that is lined with a cloth. CoffeeSock work the best for this, but you can use multiple layers of a cheesecloth, too.

Add another half cup of plain water to your food processor and let it blend to get every last bit that was left behind and add it to the rest. Next, you'll need to squeeze every bit out of this. You will be left with a whole bunch of dry, and pretty bland and tasteless, shredded coconut flesh that is paste-like, almost the consistency of marzipan. You can save this and dehydrate to make into coconut flour or for cooking.

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Transfer the coconut milk to an airtight glass jar or container and keep refrigerated for up to 5 days. This recipe makes 24 oz of coconut milk.

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Homemade Raw Coconut Milk
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Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • Flesh from 1 mature coconut (depending on how thick you want your milk)
  • 3 cups water
Instructions
  1. Remove flesh from coconut (see above)
  2. Place the flesh from one coconut in high-speed blender with 3 cups water and blend a few minutes.
  3. Strain through coffee sock or cheesecloth bag.
  4. To make thicker coconut milk:
  5. Take coconut milk you just made and blend with second coconut in high-speed blender. Strain through coffee sock or cheesecloth.
  6. *You can keep blending the coconut milk with more coconut flesh until you get coconut cream.
Notes
If your coconut milk sits in the refrigerator the fat will collect on the top. You can give it a quick spin in the blender to reincorporate it.

 

12 Super Easy Smoothies & Juices That Will Change Your Life

It's been a whole week that we've been in Costa Rica. I've been enjoying all of the fresh produce, trying various restaurants and of course the various juice shacks. There has been one in particular, The Sno Shack. Every day, since we've been here, we've gotten a fresh smoothie - spinach, cucumber, basil, pineapple and ice. Who knew that 5 simple ingredients could be so refreshing and tasty? I love green juices and smoothies for all of the health benefits and nutrients that are packed into one drink. No matter who you are or what your health goals may be, you cannot go wrong when it comes to introducing smoothies or juices into your life. By drinking these potent beverages, you're literally changing your cells. You're providing your body with vital nutrients, minerals, and antioxidants in an easy-to-digest form. Everything about you will improve, including your sleep, your happiness, and the quality of your skin.

Here are 12 super easy smoothies and juices that will change your life, inside and out.

Check out 12 Super Easy Smoothies & Juices That Will Change Your Life

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Basil Spinach Cucumber Pineapple Smoothie

I can't believe it has already been a week since first arriving in Tamarindo. We've been enjoying our time here thus far, tasting and savoring everything from culture, sun and food. The days have been hot - high 80's/low 90's. Gregg and I have been frequenting The Snow Shack, a smoothie shop on the main strip of town. Walking around in the heat, it was the best way to cool off and revive for the afternoon. The smoothies are made with purified water, milk or yogurt. I chose water so it wouldn't be so heavy. All smoothies are made to order. My favorite combination as been spinach, cucumber, basil and pineapple with a scoop of protein powder. You might look at this recipe and think these ingredients make an unlikely pairing but oh, it’s a delicious one! Step out of your comfort and try this combination the next time you’re making a green smoothie.

What You'll Love About This Recipe.

I love adding herbs into any smoothie or juice for not only the wonderful flavors they offer but also for their amazing medicinal powers. Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is revered for its anti-aging compounds — researchers found that basil was effective at actively searching for and eliminating harmful molecules and protecting against damage caused by some free radicals in key organs such as the heart, liver and brain. Basil is also known for its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial benefits. So take the time to enjoy the wonders of this amazing herb, and of course all of the other delicious ingredients.

What You'll Need

1 cucumber 1 1/2 cups spinach 5 basil leaves 1 cup pineapple 6 ice cubes 1/2 cup water

Add all ingredients to the blender and blend...Enjoy!

Green refresher

Sno Shack Green Smoothie
Cuisine: Smoothie
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Serves: 1
This smoothie is a my own custom creation from the Sno Shack. I normally ask for a scoop of protein.
Ingredients
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 1/2 cups spinach
  • 5 basil leaves
  • 1 cup pineapple
  • 6 ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup water
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!

 

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