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Attention Coconut Cream Lovers: 15 Dishes You’ll Love

Attention Coconut Cream Lovers: 15 Dishes You’ll Love

Coconut milk, or coconut cream, adds texture and flavor to each dish it is added to. The rich flavor and creaminess of coconut milk comes from the high oil content — a large component of the milk is saturated fat. This fat is one of the healthy fats that should be part of your diet.

Here are my top 15 dishes I know all coconut devotees will love. They are great recipes that anyone who is new to the world of coconut milk will also enjoy.

1. Fresh Tuna in Coconut Curry Sauce in 30 Minutes

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    This is a great way to shake up a tuna steak. Potato sides and broccoli florets are added for carbs and color.

    2. Mild Chicken Curry

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      This mild curry is a great way to introduce children to the world of curries.

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      3. Grilled Turmeric and Lemongrass Chicken Wings

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        Make sure to make up a big batch of these as they are sure to be a hit with the whole family. They are also delicious and great as leftovers the following day.

        4. Banana Cake With Chia Seeds & Coconut Milk

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          Now this is something different. It’s great treat if you are trying to decrease any sugar cravings with just 1/3 cup of honey for sweetness.

          5. Spiced Coconut Squash Breakfast Porridge

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            This breakfast porridge could be the perfect stand in for traditional oatmeal, while still being free of grains, dairy, nuts, and seeds. It’s warm, comforting, and creamy, and the texture is spot-on.

            6. Chocolate Cherry Milkshakes

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              Naturally sweetened with maple syrup, there’s a hint of cocoa powder and vanilla. These taste as divine as they look! Trust me!

              7. Blackberry Avocado Jam Smoothie Bowl

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                Don’t be overwhelmed by a number of toppings. Feel free to just have one or two on your smoothie bowl.

                8. Chocolate Milk Chocolate Pudding

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                  The title is a bit of a tongue twister, but it sure is a chocoholic’s delight. You can substitute potato starch with corn flour if you are unable to source potato starch.

                  9. Vegan Creamy Curried Cauliflower Soup

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                    Cauliflower is the latest vegetable to be brought out of the “granny box” and be re-invented, and this recipe does just that. The great thing about this recipe is that it takes very little time to put together. You simply cook down the onions and garlic with cauliflower, broth, and warm spices, and you’re ready your favorite toppings, such as parsley and toasty cashews.

                    10. Goan Coconut Cake (Baath)

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                      A hint of rosewater adds sweet, floral aroma to this moist, dense semolina cake, packed with not one, but four types of coconut.

                      11. Vegan Kale and White Bean Korma

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                        This dish is everything you want it to be: hearty, warming, flavorful, and healthy without feeling too virtuous.

                        12. Savory Bacon and Potato Pancakes

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                          These pancakes are a marriage of potatoes and bacon and eggs. These pancakes have no added flour in them — in any form. Just mashed up potatoes, coconut milk, eggs, chives, bacon, and a pinch of salt. You can serve this one up for breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

                          13. Seared Salmon Pasta With Coconut Milk Chili Sauce

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                            This is an Asian-inspired pasta dish that’s a changeup from Italian flavors. This is good news for those of you who cannot tolerate cheese; there is no cheese in this recipe, and this dish is still super satisfying and made slightly creamy with coconut milk.

                            14. Coconut Rice Custard

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                              This might be a great way of using up any leftover rice! Twenty-five minute of prep time are needed, but be ready for the one hour slow-cooking time in the oven. It is well worth the wait though.

                              15. Simple Coconut Milk Fish Curry

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                                Served with jasmine rice and steamed greens, this is a quick and easy meal you can make in just 30 minutes.

                                Featured photo credit: Coconut Juice Facts by John Revo Puno via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on September 18, 2020

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                1. Exercise Daily

                                It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                • Eat unprocessed foods
                                • Eat more veggies
                                • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                  5. Watch Out for Travel

                                  Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                  This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                  If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                  6. Start Slow

                                  Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                  If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                  7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                  Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                  My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                  If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                  I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                  Final Thoughts

                                  Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                  Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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                                  Featured photo credit: Alexander Redl via unsplash.com

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