favorite things friday: coconut milk

imageCoconut milk, oh how I adore thee. How did it take me so long to discover you and your deliciousness?

Milk (dairy style, from cows) and I have a love hate relationship. In that, my taste buds love most dairy products, but my body usually objects. It’s an internal conflict. Creme brulee is a great example. It’s delicious and rich and creamy and my tastebuds tell me to eat troughs of it. My tummy, though? It says “nuh uh, stay away from that stuff or I’ll make you sorry.” I’m not sure who wins out more often. Lately, it’s been my tummy. Sometimes it’s my tastebuds. It’s probably a 50/50 shot.

For years, I’ve tried various milk substitutes. Soy milk was always the top contender – a tough battle between Silk and 8th Continent. The great thing about milk products, though, is you can usually train your body to tolerate them better. Over years, I ate more and more dairy. First cheeses, then yogurts, and finally I could drink milk just fine. Very rich desserts were still a different story, but for the most part, dairy didn’t bother me too much.

I’m still tolerating dairy fine right now, but wanted to find a good substitute so our (read: C’s) diet wasn’t so heavily weighed with dairy. After watching those documentaries recently, it just makes me want to use more plant based options when I can. Something that still had the calories, fat and calcium, but was plant based instead. Enter coconut milk. Delicious, wonderful, silky coconut milk. More calcium than milk, fortified with Vitamin D (just like milk), with decent calories and fat content. And it tastes great. It was the perfect solution.

Trader Joe’s has unsweetened and vanilla flavored coconut milk. Silk also makes a vanilla coconut milk. Both brands are excellent. I do like the fact that Trader Joe’s offers an unsweetened variety, as it allows Ben and I to use it for low carb cooking. Plus, the vanilla flavoring might throw off the flavor in some dishes… just sayin’. For a treat, I add some cinnamon and nutmeg to vanilla coconut milk and heat it up. Yummmm. C loves it. For a while, she asked for cow’s milk, but now she’s quite happy with coconut milk.

So here’s my favorite thing recap for this Friday… coconut milk. Yum. Give it a shot, see what you think, then let me know.


3 Responses to “favorite things friday: coconut milk”

  1. 1 solox5 February 24, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Needing 1000+ IU/day, alas fortified milk or fish oil does not cut it either. We’ve gathered the science here: http://examine.com/supplements/Vitamin+D/

    • 2 suzyness February 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Thanks for the info. Good to keep in mind!

      We do try to get outside without sunscreen for a limited duration, but I also take 2000 IU/day Vit D supplement (I had low levels earlier this year). Our daughter gets a multivitamin with Vit D as well. Hopefully the combo puts us in a good place. :)

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