Coconut milk itself may not fall under “recession cuisine”. One can of organic, full-fat coco milk equals nearly $2. But I will tell you that a little splash of it goes a looooong way towards filling you up with delicious fats. And that’s what recession cuisine is about: stretching your dollar while maximizing your nutrient intake.

“COCONUT?!” you may be saying. “Isn’t this a WEIGHT LOSS SITE?” Well, yes. The fact is, we’ve been fed some really skewed information about fats. Saturated fats in particular. We NEED them! And coconut milk’s a wonderful source. Ironically, studies have found that eating enough saturated fat actually supports the weight loss process.

Here are just a few of coconut milk’s benefits:

  • It’s been shown to aid weight loss by speeding up the metabolism.
  • The lauric acid in coconut milk is anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial, so it helps boost the immune system, which is your body’s defense against illness.
  • It contains potassium, calcium, chloride, Vitamin A and Vitamin E, so it’s great for your skin and hair.

Do I have you convinced yet?

Now, I KNOW you like the sound of coconut milk shake. How could you not? What if I told you that drinking about 12 oz of this shake kept me full for six hours? Everyone’s body is different, so I can’t guarantee the same results for you. But if you’d like to experiment, try blending up the following:

  • splash of coconut milk
  • splash of any other “milk” (dairy, almond, rice, hemp)
  • organic frozen berries (another recession cuisine idea, as they are cheaper than fresh. I like to use cranberries, blackberries and blueberries)
  • spoonful of almond butter
  • Stevia to taste (just a few drops should do it)
  • optional: raw egg (I don’t recommend eating them at ALL if you’re getting feedlot, non-organic, gross factory farmed eggs, but I get them from a good source and like adding them to my diet every so often)
  • optional: raw cacao nibs (I happened to have some on hand and they add a nice chocolaty crunch)

  1. Love the coconut milk in your smoothie! I’ll have to try that!

    Comment by Jenn@slim-shoppin — February 2, 2010 @ 8:35 am

  2. :) It keeps you fuller for longer.

    Comment by Stephanie Small — February 2, 2010 @ 10:21 am

  3. I hear you on the saturated fat! And fat in general, I eat a lot more than I used to when I dieted, and I’ve been a lot more successful with weight loss. Not really done much with coconut, other than curries, but maybe I’ll buy one soon and figure out some good uses for it. Not really a shake person, other than the occasional chocolate shake a few times a year.

    Comment by julie — February 2, 2010 @ 6:47 pm

  4. I love the idea of using coconut milk in a smoothie, I’ll definitely have to try this.

    Comment by melody — February 4, 2010 @ 11:05 am

  5. What are your thoughts on “lite” vs. regular coconut milk? how do they make it lite? thanks!

    Comment by Johanna — February 8, 2010 @ 2:00 pm

  6. With “lite” they process out the fat. And as you know (if you’ve read my other posts) I am a huge fan of fat. We need it for many, many things. It’s more satiating, and there are many vitamins that our body can’t absorb w/o fat. Down with lowfat!

    Comment by Stephanie Small — February 9, 2010 @ 7:47 am

  7. Let me know how it goes.

    Comment by Stephanie Small — February 9, 2010 @ 7:48 am

  8. You could always do coconut rice…use brown rice and boil it w coconut milk and a little water (and a little Stevia and cinnamon). Yum.

    Comment by Stephanie Small — February 9, 2010 @ 7:49 am

  9. Report back and tell me what you think!

    Comment by Stephanie Small — February 9, 2010 @ 8:07 am