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Coconut Manna

I have been experimenting with Coconut Manna and have come to the conclusion that this is a WONDERFUL product for the dairy-free low-carber.

Right out of the jar - not so good. BUT, mixed 50/50 with coconut oil (both products need to be room temp to mix easily) it makes a versatile spread. I now have a jar of this mixture in my cupboard to use when and how I want.

Add flavoring and sweetening - a sweet spread for crackers.

Spread out and refrigerate - cut up in squares - candy! I just made some lemon drops - small spoonfulls (I added sweetener and lemon juice).

Then using just the coconut manna alone, mixed 50/50 with something else fatty (sweetened and flavored) and you have another lovely taste treat. With peanut butter - peanutbutter fudge. With immitation cream cheese - you have "cheesecake" - top with Walden Farms fruit spread - oh, this is really good!

The manufacturer says coconut manna can be used as a yogurt substitute. I haven't yet tried it in baking, but that's to come.
 

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Another spread - and hand lotion

For a long time now I have kept a jar of 50/50 coconut oil/olive oil in the refrigerator. It is a nice butter substitute - but is better, I think, on a hot item where it melts into it. I keep it in the refrigerator so the olive oil doesn't separate out of the mixture.

Another nice thing about this "spread" is that it's a great lotion for my hands. When in the kitchen I wash my hands often, and I can rub a little of it into my hands - and since it's all foodstuffs, there's no danger of adding chemicals into the food.
 

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Question, what is total carb per day should we have? Is 130 carbs per day ok?
 

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Question, what is total carb per day should we have? Is 130 carbs per day ok?
TG - I see you are new to the forum. You might want to start a new thread with your question,, rather than tacking it on a thread of a different subject. You'll get better response that way.
 

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Question, what is total carb per day should we have? Is 130 carbs per day ok?
TG - I see you are new to the forum. You might want to start a new thread with your question,, rather than tacking it on a thread of a different subject. You'll get better response that way.
Yes, please TG, start a new thread. I'd like to discuss this.
 

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Earth Blalance Coconut Spread

I found a new dairy-free product. Earth balance organic coconut spread, made with coconut oil, palm oil, and canola oil.

The consistency is semi-hard refrigerated (harder than tub margarine, but not quite as hard as cold butter - softens quite a bit when brought to room temp).

I tried frying with it - has a much milder flavor than coconut oil by itself and didn't mask the flavor of the food I was frying with a strong coconut flavor/smell.

I have used it as a spread - sort of bland, actually. I've added a flavor and sweetened it for a sweet spread for muffins and it's good that way.

It has a fairly good balance of fats: 5g sat. fat, 4g monosaturated fat, and 1.5g polyunsat. fats. (Yes, it has PUFAs from the canola oil, but it's fairly low - one has to compromise sometimes.)

Anyway, it's a nice alternative to beef tallow for me.
 

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An interesting thread that I've somehow overlooked until now. I've been doing dairy free for a week now, trying to see whether that thing about dairy protein and insulin might be true for me. No conclusions yet, but I'm happy to have found this thread for moral support. Giving up dairy is difficult.
 

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I started dairy-free last December, when I had my stent inserted. My typical breakfast is an avocado, a minimally-processed chicken sausage (Trader Joe's spicy jalapeno is a favorite, as is Adell's green chile-and-habanero), a couple of handfuls of raw greens (Trader Joe's Southern greens blend (mustard/turnip/spinach/collard), kale, collard, or mustard, depending on what's fresh), and some coffee--sometimes with coconut oil, sometimes with unsweetened cocoa powder and some Torani's SF syrup, sometimes with coconut oil AND the cocoa and sweetener).

Lunch: often a tin of smoked sardines (less often, smoked oysters) packed in olive oil, more greens (and/or almonds or roasted pumpkin seeds) and a 1/2 oz. or an oz. of unsweetened baking chocolate). If I'm eating out: there is a French cafe in our building that serves a French tuna salad (tuna, parsley, salt, onion, olive oil) over mixed greens with a few slices of tomato and cucumber; there is a restaurant across the street that serves a spinach salad with mushroom, red onions, and bacon (which I order without croutons or poppyseed dressing, and dress with olive oil); there is a place where I'll order a couple of fried eggs and a side order of sausage; or a Cobb salad without cheese; or an omelet and sliced tomatoes (avocado and Canadian bacon is a favorite); it's also easy to find grilled salmon over a mix of lettuces, or a burger patty with a side salad.

Dinner: sometimes an omelet, if I haven't had my eggs for the day, often with turkey bacon; sometimes Trader Joe's ahi tuna steak; sometimes burger meat; sometimes steak; all over mixed lettuce greens; sometimes with sauteed Southern blend greens (which sautee very nicely with TJ's uncured bacon ends and pieces). Broccoli, asparagus, and Brussels sprouts (preferably coated with olive oil and salted, then roasted). Dessert is almost invariably homemade coconut cream ice cream (a liter of Aroy-D coconut cream from 99 Ranch Market, 3 or 4 eggs, and flavoring, mixed and poured into single-serving freezer containers).

Snacks: I keep pork rinds in the cupboard; also a variety of Trader Joe's nuts (Brazil nuts, almonds, walnuts), unsweetened baking chocolate, 85%-cacao dark chocolate. A few slices of pepperoni or salami work nicely as well.
 

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Hey . . . I haven't heard about the stent. Whazzup with this? (((Shottlebop)))
Last July, I started feeling some discomfort in my chest when I reached the 18th or 19th floor of my 24-floor daily climb. And I could only ride my bike 10 minutes or so without feeling discomfort. Went in September for a stress test, which didn't show anything. Went back a month later for a stress + echocardiogram. Showed that my heart wasn't getting enough oxygen. Went in for an angiogram in December; they found a 90% blockage in one of my coronary arteries and put in a stent. Now I'm back to riding my bike and climbing stairs. (Different building, though--now I walk up 13 and down 21.)
 

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Is this a riddle? Gimme time ...
In my old building, we could access our employer's floors from the interior fire stairwell--so I could walk down to the first floor on my way to lunch, walk back up to the 24th floor after lunch, and get back into my office. In my new building, there is no access from the fire stairwell--once you're in, you can only get out from the ground floor. So . . . for the time being, I work on the 8th floor of a 21-story building. I can enter the stairwell, walk up 13 floors to the 21st floor, and then walk back down to the first floor.
 
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Ok, there have been some pages here so I can't go through every post so apologize if I just repeat something but I agree on what I read about avocados. They're amazingly healthy and good for you and you can do fun stuff. Love that recipe with rasberries and stuff. I do kind of the same but just avocado, rasberry and stevia as sweetener if you want as a sorbet ice cream. The rasberries has to be frozen first of course.

I also want to add that I almost never eat dairies even though I have no problem with it, just because I feel more healthy skipping it, except maybe for an egg here and there for breakfast.

I drink a lot of green smoothies.
A typical one would be:
2-3 pieces of broccoli
5cm(sorry I'm Swedish) of cucumber in pieces
handful of lettuce and spinach
1 avocado
juice from 1/2 lemon
1/2 teaspoon of spirulina(optional)
1 banana
1/4 apple with some seeds and nuts of your choice with coconut flakes(natural organic.. no sweets or sugar or weird stuff added to them).
Then add water of your liking but I have probably 2 cups of water at least so I get 2 big glasses of smoothies out of this.

This is a pretty low-carb smoothie even though the fruits are there due to a lot of more vegetables that will keep the blood sugar in control and your health on top. At least for me :)
 

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I could do this if I left out the banana...I could probably do the 1/4 apple and not have a spike...my meter just won't let me have banana. But, then I don't take med of any kind...you've not told us how you manage...are you on any med and what is your Fasting number and how is your A1C?

Thanks for the recipe,
 
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I could do this if I left out the banana...I could probably do the 1/4 apple and not have a spike...my meter just won't let me have banana. But, then I don't take med of any kind...you've not told us how you manage...are you on any med and what is your Fasting number and how is your A1C?

Thanks for the recipe,
Yeah, the best part about recipes is that you can change them ;) The avocado do most of the job of making it awesome in my opinion! Well, here's the thing. Im type 1 but when I eat alkaline food with fat and protein and keep the carbs to a minimum, and exercise good and have a proper lifestyle, I do not need any medication. But if I don't, I will have to take insulin shots but still very sensitive and don't need much of it.

My fasting number is different everyday of course but always good and my A1C(HbA1c in Sweden for some reason...) I have no idea since I haven't been to a doctor in a year since I don't need to :)
 

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coconut milk yoghurt

I revisited the "So Delicious" coconut milk yoghurt. I mixed in coconut cream* - about 1:1 (sort of what you'all who eat dairy do by adding HWC to Greek Yoghurt.)

I liked the result - I did need to flavor it and add a little sweetener. I divide the mixture in thirds and have one of these with breakfast. I checked my BG and this "diluted" version of the yoghurt doesn't give my BG a rise. Nice to have a "new" food.
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* what I call coconut "cream" is this... I take a can of coconut milk and set it in the refrigerator - the fatty part rises to the top and gets thick from the cold. I open the bottom of the can and pour off the liquid (which contains a lot of the carbs) and save the "cream".

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I had some Walden Farms Strawberry Spread. As anyone knows who has bought this so-called "spread" it is not very spreadable. However, I put a spoonfull on a plate and "chopped" it up using the side of the spoon. Then slid these little pieces into the yoghurt - sort of like little bits of strawberry. It was really good this way. I have some apricot spread, also, and am looking forward to trying this "fruit", too.
 

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I get tired of trying to spread the WF spreads too, but I like the flavors, so I often mash them up with a spoonful of peanut butter and/or dairy butter. It makes them more manageable. 'Course they aren't free foods anymore, but have fat added, and my short fuse stays a little longer when I don't have to keep trying to make it stay on the cracker. :cool:
 
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