Coconut Chips Two Ways and Why You Should Add Coconut to Your Diet

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I’m always on the go, so in order to be prepared I always have snacks with me in case I can’t get somewhere to have a decent real food meal.  One of my favorite snacks is Coconut Chips!  Now I know there are a lot of coconut haters out there and believe me I totally understand because I used to be one of them.  But toasting the coconut changes the texture of the coconut so that it is crispy and crunchy instead of chewy.  These Coconut Chips are so easy and quick to make that you can easily fit these into your schedule.  No more reaching for the vending machine!  The seasonings are versatile, so use whatever you like (paprika, cayenne, turmeric, ginger, etc.)

You might have heard that coconut is HIGH in FAT!!!  Oh no!  Not to worry…it’s the quality, natural fat found from a real food source.  It also has amazing benefits!  Check out the list below on why I eat coconut.

Why You Should Add Coconut to Your Diet:

  • High in medium-chain saturated fat, called lauric acid, which is converted to an antiviral and antibacterial compound that destroys a wide variety of disease-causing organisms (like Streptococcus, H. pylori, yeast, ringworm, etc.)
  • Protects against heat disease and promotes weight loss
  • Easily absorbed and used as an energy source–which helps increase your metabolism.
  • Helps boost your immune system

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Sweet Cinnamon Coconut Chips

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Heat a dry skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook the coconut until mostly brown, stirring frequently (about 5-10 minutes).
  3. Add the cinnamon and the stevia and continue to cook for another 1-2 minutes, while stirring.
  4. Pour the coconut into a serving dish.

Notes

Net Carb Count*: Sweet Cinnamon Coconut Chips: 11.14 net carbs (for the entire recipe--yields 2-3 servings).

*Note carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.

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"Cheesy" Garlic Coconut Chips

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine the nutritional yeast, garlic powder, and salt in a small bowl.
  2. Heat a skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the coconut flakes to the pan and stir frequently while the coconut flakes begin to brown. Once the flakes are mostly golden brown (5-10 minutes) add the seasoning and stir to combine. Continue stirring until the flakes have turned golden brown.
  4. Pour into a serving dish.

Notes

Net Carb Count*: "Cheesy Garlic Coconut Chips": 12.75 net carbs (for the entire recipe--yields 2-3 servings).

*Note carb counts are estimated based on the products I used. Check nutrition labels for accurate carb counts and gluten information.

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Disclaimer: For informational purposes only and is in no way intended on medical advice.  Always consult a doctor or medical professional before altering your diet.

Sources: Encyclopedia of Healing Foods and The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth

 

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