Sunday Stills Yin & Yang (Coconut Snacks Recipe)

Hello readers, joining in with Terri’s Sunday Stills (here), which has the theme of Yin and Yang this week.  Terri shared:

“The yin, the dark swirl, is associated with shadows, femininity, and the trough of a wave; the yang, the light swirl, represents brightness, passion and growth.”

 

Remember – yin and yang forces are both connected, even though also separate—they overlap and interplay.

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One of my goals for 2020 is to share a few health tips in various blog posts.

The health tip today is to “Snack Smarter” and I have a healthy recipe for coconut snacks. 

  • I know some health coaches who argue that snacking is not going to be needed if your regular meals are filling you up properly. And then some health coaches insist that a time of fasting during the day is great for the entire GI and so a break from snacking is beneficial.
  • Sometimes (not always) snacking means you need more nutrition. Especially those that burn carbs as their primary fuel source – you might find that you need snacks more often than someone who is “fat adapted” and who can use fat as their fuel source (and this is an area I am continuing to learn more and and more about).
  • When you eat good fats and oils – you give your body more nourishment – and when your body is able to tap into stored fat as fuel – and not merely store it – you feel a lot better and can sometimes go longer without refueling.
  • RECIPE: A healthy, good-fat snack we enjoy are coconut treats – made with coconut flakes and stevia. They are Low on sugar, high on taste, delicious, and provide good fat. 

 

COCONUT BOYS SNACK RECIPE

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8 oz. Unsweetened Coconut Flakes from Trader Joe’s. 
  • Stevia (amount will vary depending on type of stevia used)
  • optional – add cinnamon, chocolate, blueberries

DIRECTIONS: 

  • Blend coconut flakes and stevia in a food processor for about one minute, or until smooth – mixture will be soft. 
  • Spoon contents into the mold of your choice. 
  • Chill until firm. 
  • Our Wilton “gingerbread men” mold has become the favorite for making coconut treats because this mold is easy to fill – and then treats are easy to remove. Each snack is a good size and one bag of coconut usually makes a whole tray. You might need to experiment to find the mold that works best for your needs – but we love this mold and this is how our treats got the name “coconut boys.” 

Here are some close up versions of our “coconut boys” – which I am linking with Becky’s January Squares. 

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  • What about you? Any :easy” healthy snack recipes to share?
  • Any thoughts on yin and yang? I almost started writing about the yoga connection to yin and yang, but don’t have the time right now….. maybe a little later in the year I can get to it.

 

Hope you have a great day

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33 thoughts on “Sunday Stills Yin & Yang (Coconut Snacks Recipe)

  1. Imma have to try that recipe!

    As for snacking, I am a snacker. So I try and make it worthy my health when I do so, since more times than not, I’m going to do so. And I think that’s what diets and diet books don’t take into consideration . . . our differences. I know peeps who can go all day without eating. Not me. I need to.

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  2. What a delicious, healthy and easy snack! I love coconut and nobody else does so I rarely get any. This would be perfect and I bet it keeps a while in the refrigerator too. Thanks for this recipe!

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    1. They do keep a while – which is nice / the only hard part is cleaning n the food processor when done – which is not that hard but you know what I mean…
      And coconut is not for everyone – so enjoy it when you do have times to get it… 😉

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    1. Thanks so much !! I do not have too many more recipes – but if you are on Facebook – I will give you a link to Amy from Fredericksburg – she is a Primal Health Coach and specializes in healthy food for children. And her tips helped a little girl we know who had stomach issues – she is so much healthier now… I will be by your blog later this week to share her info – just in case you are interested – ttys

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      1. I will have to check it out! Thank you for the information. Getting kids to eat healthy voluntarily is difficult at times, especially vegetables. So I try to relax and sneak in good stuff in my soups, I load up on garlic and anchovy broth. Having kids tests your creativity.

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      2. yes – and Any Taft has awesome tips – that is where we got the EASY chia seed/pudding recipe from.
        She also has so many other little tips outside of food.

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  3. I’m no good at snacks – for me it is a big meal or nothing. When we go out with others for coffee and cake I always have water; when we go for brunch I eat such a full meal as to prevent me from wanting anything in the evening.

    I was amused by the lack of connection between the man and woman approaching each other – no doubt a deliberate follow up to the yin and yang.

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    1. Well the photo of the man and woman is cropped a lot and so maybe the larger version would feel more natural – but merely just two strangers passing on the street – each doing their own thing.
      And your eating sounds ideal – IMHO – and it is working for you so that is what counts too

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    1. Hi YC – yes – stevia comes in many forms – our favorite stevia is all natural powder from Whole Foods (365 on labor) but Trader Joe’s has a decent one too. The hubs also uses a liquid stevia – It has a dropper – and one version has vanilla added.

      The sad thing is that some stevia sold in large bags has
      malodextrin added and that is not good.

      Then there are other stevia blends that have gunk added.

      I might try using xylitol in this recipe – and we have some monk fruit in a bag to try as well.

      So yes – not all stevia is created equal —- 😉
      What kind do you use?

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