Want to turn into a superhuman? Then start eating coconut meat! Coconut meat is the rich white lining that is contained within the shell of a coconut. It has profound positive effects to your overall health and its DELICIOUS!!

 

Back in the day coconut could only be found in tropical regions but thanks to our modern day grocery store you can purchase these superfoods virtually anywhere today!

Cracking a coconut may seem like a daunting task but I’ll tell you how we do it with just our kitchen tools!

  • Take a look at the coconut before you buy it.  Shake it to be sure you hear the liquid water inside.  Make sure there are not any cracks , dark spots, or just an overall old look.  Your coconut should look like a coconut, feel firm, and have a nice sounding liquid inside!
  • At home look for the little small oval holes on the top of the coconut and poke there.  Surprisingly we use corn holders! Yes those little things you use to eat corn not the cob have a sharp pointy end that happens to bust right through the coconut, make a good size hole.
  • Next get a nice glass mason jar or bowl and shake, shake, shake!  Fresh coconut water will start to drizzle out (my kiddos LOVE to drink this up!).  If you don’t drink this right away save it and put it in your smoothies.  Its full of vitamins, minerals, and electrolytes. NOTE: Check to be sure your coconut water smells fresh and not sour.  Sour could mean there is mold on the inside of the coconut.  (Learn from me…If it smells funny I would throw it away.)
  • Once you have shaken all the liquid out ( you will no longer hear any inside) its time to CRACK! 
  • For this the kids love to go outside and throw the coconut down hard on the cement.  They all like to have a go at it but its usually dad that makes the final throw and it pops open.
  • Next pull away all of the hard outer shell and throw that away.  Use a vegetable peeler to peel the rest of the leftover brown shell just off of the actual white meat pieces.
  • Lastly cut up all the meat into yummy edible bite size pieces and store in a glass covered dish in fridge. SNACK AWAY!

Coconut meat is juicy, tender, and crunchy and is so versatile it can be eaten raw OR cooked. A few examples include putting chunks in a smoothie, grab a few before a workout, grate into the kids yogurt, and bake into homemade granola, yum!  Find even more ideas here https://www.healthambition.com/150-uses-coconut-oil/ 

Be Well! 🙂

Susie R.