I think this might be my absolute favorite food. It’s the perfect balance of nutty and sweet. Its filling and has a great consistency. It’s insanely good for you. It may even be considered therapeutic since – if you do it my way – you get to smash it open with a hammer :). It’s the perfect food.
Just to get the “bad news” out of the way, coconut is very high in saturated fat. That is something to keep in mind so we don’t overindulge but it isn’t something that we need to shy away from. Perhaps only if your allergic….
I’ve read up on this a lot and, despite very slight differences, everyone says the same thing:
Coconut is really good for you.
As a veggie, protein content is is one of the first things I look at if/when I look at the nutritional information of any food. It might just be me, but it isn’t easy to get the right amount of protein. I have only recently learned how to mix high protein foods into my diet without using many soy products. If I’m checking out the nutritional information, I also glance at the iron and fiber contents. According to Google, and through Google, the USDA coconut hits the jackpot.
It has “good fats” which are super good for your skin, hair, nails, etc… Plus, I’m sure, things that matter much, much more. It’s also high in B vitamins, calcium, manganese, magnesium, potassium plus coconut water is a great source of electrolytes – a much better alternative to Gatorade or any other sports drink.
Even better than all that… IT TASTES SO GOOD!! I have two recommendations. The first is to buy a regular (not young) coconut. The second, is to not try to remove the skin. So many people do this and it ruins it!! I understand, though, coconuts are hard (pun intended). They have a ridiculously hard shell that you need to remove if you want to get to the best parts. If you remove the shell you have the chance to enjoy the nutty quality of the skin as well as the sweet and milky meat of the fruit.
Opening them and removing the shell isn’t always easy but it is always fun… I have yet to find a utensil that is actually made for this process and, because of that, my recipe calls for a small Phillip’s head screw driver, a small standard screwdriver, a hammer, a towel and (if you like coconut water) a glass. This is a very sophisticated process so, please, don’t make a mockery of it. 😉
Use the hammer and the Phillip’s head to create holes that go completely through to the middle of the coconut. There are three dents that naturally occur on the coconut. Use those as your points of entrance.
Drain the water out of the center.
Here is the therapeutic part… Wrap the coconut in a towel (that you don’t mind getting holes in) and just go to town on it with a hammer until ints in a bunch of little pieces
Wiggle the standard head screwdriver in right under the shell and pry/pop the coconut meat (skin and all) off the shell
Rinse it off and then just have at it… Its good for you and delicious?? The only thing you have to worry about is running out!