The smell and taste of coconut typically conjure up images of tropical vacations. It is a peaceful, easy feeling and perhaps one of the reasons why its scent is often used in many fragrances. Eating coconut though is one of the best things you can do for your body.
Not only does it taste great, but it also happens to be one of the best superfoods out there. It is full of fiber and antioxidants. Plus, it contains fatty acids that promote weight loss so if you are looking to shed some weight, add some coconut to your cooking.
Coconut flakes, in particular, are a great way to add a little something extra to your meals in regards to flavor and getting that extra healthy superfood boost you need. Here are six ways to use unsweetened coconut flakes in your kitchen.
1. Coconut shakes
Making a coconut shake with coconut flakes on top is a great way to have a healthy non-alcoholic version of your favorite libation. Take 2 ounces of unsweetened coconut milk, 1/2 cup of fresh pineapple chunks, 6 ounces of water, crushed ice, and a few drops of coconut extract. Blend in your blender and top it with coconut flakes.
2. Coconut-crusted chicken or fish
Instead of breading your chicken or fish, try rolling them in coconut flour and coconut flakes. It will give it a crispy, crunchy texture on the outside with a subtly sweet flavor. Plus, it is a lot easier to cook with coconut flakes.
3. Roasted coconut flakes
If you need something snacktacular, try simply roasting coconut flakes on the stove in a medium-sized pan. Stir gently until they turn a little brown. Sprinkle in ground cinnamon and a pinch of salt while it’s still warm and stir to coat.
4. Oatmeal with coconut flakes
Before heading to work, eat a great breakfast that fills you up for longer and mentally transports you to the tropics. Just add a few tablespoons of coconut flakes to your oats just before they finish cooking and stir. It will change the way you think about oatmeal.
5. Coconut rice
If you are preparing something with an Asian or tropical flair for dinner, jazz up your rice by adding some coconut flakes to it while cooking. For the healthiest option, you should use brown rice. If you would prefer, you can also add it to quinoa for the same delicious and healthful effect.
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6. Coconut stir-fried veggies
You don’t need to use any oil to make your vegetable side dishes when you use coconut flakes. Add a little water or vegetable broth to your pan and allow it to simmer. When it gets bubbly, add your vegetables (anything from green beans to asparagus to broccoli) and let them cook through. Once they are almost finished, add in half a cup of coconut shreds and stir well.
There is no end to how you can use coconut flakes, especially in desserts. Keep experimenting and What is your favorite way to enjoy coconut flakes?