So I've been listening to all the hype lately about cutting back on my dairy intake. I decided to make some of the easy switches by substituting where I can. I've been using almond milk in my coffee etc, and then this week I was actually in Trader Joe's and saw that they have a good selection of coconut milk items. I'd heard that coconut milk was a better substitute for milk than the nut milks because of its consistency. Where almond milk can be more watery, coconut milk has a more similar thicker consistency and is especially better to use as a substitute while baking. I picked up this coconut milk yogurt and was quite excited to find that it was actually delicious! And it was even more filling than a regular yogurt! I like that it also satisfied my sweet tooth cravings as well, with just the faintest hint of a sugary taste. Definitely a healthier alternative to a candy bar.
In doing more research I found even more uses for coconut milk than being a healthy alternative to milk. It can be used as a makeup remover. I'm sure a less harsh option than our usual alcohol based removers. And it can moisten your skin and treat wrinkles in the process! It treats sunburns, which makes sense coming from the tropical climates it does. It also works as a great hair conditioner. Who would have thought that the coconut could be so multi -faceted? It not only packs a good punch in those hard nuts nutrition wise, it also can function as its own mini day spa. So next time you see a coconut milk option, you might want to pick it up to try yourself. I promise you won't be disappointed :)