Holy shit. I'm not sure why I have been trying to doctor up the most perfect food for the past two years, but I have seriously done myself a disservice.
I am talking about young coconuts. Here is a good youtube video about them if you have never heard of them or seen them:
One day I was having a serious snack attack. The only thing I had in my house that remotely resembled dessert was a young coconut. Normally I make complex smoothies with these bad boys, but that day I decided to just blend the coconut meat and coconut water and sprinkle it with some raw cacao nibs.
Utter freaking perfection.
It was so delicious and I cannot believe I had never done that before! I do have the Bentley of blenders- the Vitamix- and I'm not sure if a
regular blender can blend the meat into a smooth, creamy drink like mine
did, but it is worth a try. If you can't find a young coconut, you can get a can of full fat coconut milk, blend the solids with the liquids, pop it in the fridge and a few hours later you have an almost pudding like coconutty treat. I will sometimes add a couple of drops of Chocolate Stevia to it, but I am trying to slowly wean myself off of Stevia. I get young coconuts at Kimberton Whole Foods in the produce section and they have them at Wegmans too (when I don't buy them all).
This whole experience speaks to my most recent thoughts about food- trying to cook, uncook, and eat simply.
Sometimes the raw/paleo recipes out there are so freaking complicated. It takes a lot of time, a lot of money, and a lot of kitchen know how to make a lot of these recipes work. As my pallet becomes more finely tuned and is more appreciative of the true flavors of food, I am finding I don't want all the salt and spices and I don't want all of the drama of the crazy concoctions. They are fun once or twice a week to curb a craving, but it can be mentally and physically exhausting to try to do this at every single meal. I am no Giada and I do not have hours and hours to spend in the kitchen.
Another thing I am contemplating is protein powder. I am wondering how useful this really is for me. I get plenty of protein. Whether I am eating vegan or eating meat, getting enough protein is not an issue. So why do I supplement with something, that even at its purest, is a processed food? Just something I am tossing around in my brain. It is really fun to have protein powder in a smoothie for some variety, which is why I am really resistant to giving it up. Plus the protein I use is raw and plant based so I feel like it is really good for me. On the flip side, it is an expensive ass way to get variety. Weigh in with your thoughts on that. I would love to hear what you guys think.