Chocolate Peanut Butter Frosting
3 Tbsp solid coconut oil (NOT melted)
Follow the same instructions as above!
I put too much cocoa powder in this one...but it was still good ... slightly lumpy looking, but it really is very smooth!
Like I said, fugly pictures, but I had to share this somehow!
I’ll admit, I like the chocolate one better—I didn’t start adding chocolate till a couple weeks ago, and I think the bitterness of it balances out the sweetness of the rest of it… It’s especially good with coffee
Note: I quit coffee again. I had started drinking it again in NY because my mom is a darn good barista…but I’m back on the out-to-eat or special-occasion cuppa coffee plan.
Now for the explanations…
Why Grade B maple syrup?
I actually would use stevia in this if I had some that tasted good (I’m out of NuNaturals and still haven’t found it here!). However, I’m also a fan of small amounts of grade B maple syrup due to its awesome micronutrient properties. Specifically, it is high in B vitamins, amino acids, and Manganese. Manganese may play a role in gray hair reversal, and that, frankly, is on my list of things to accomplish this year
Another note about the syrup: You know I’m not a sugar-fan. But, I can justify adding it to things that are high in fat and/or fiber, like this frosting or the coconut flour mini cakes . The reason for this is because the high amount of fat and fiber slow down the absorption of the sugar into the bloodstream. It’s like turning on the slow-release function. This is ideal for me (and really, I think for most people) because it keeps blood sugar more stable and heads off cravings and artificially induced feelings of hunger.
Why So Much Coconut Oil?
First, if you haven’t read the explanation of how and why coconut oil is good for you, please read this .
Coconut oil is truly a superfood, and since it has antimicrobial properties, can improve the health of skin and hair, and also causes an increase in metabolism, it just seemed like I should experiment with a therapeutic dose for myself. It’s no research study, but unfortunately, there aren’t many credible studies going on to prove coconut oil’s worth because there’s not much money in it. There is even some speculation about the role coconut oil may play in relieving symptoms of (reversing?) Alzheimer’s disease. (It has something to do with ketone production and the brain). My grandma has Alzheimer’s, and I’d love to test this on her, but unfortunately, I’m 100% sure she’d tell me to go fly a kite if I suggested trying it (she’s really into the kid foods right now…).
Side note about the thyroid and metabolism: One reason coconut oil may improve thyroid function (and thus metabolism) is because unsaturated fats (canola, etc) actually can bog down the thyroid… if you swap in coconut oil, this can help to un-bog the thyroid by default. People do, however, claim significant weight loss by using coconut oil in cooking and ingesting the therapeutic dose everyday (without changing other things about their diets). I can’t comment on this definitively, but I don’t think it hurts to try.
The therapeutic dose is 3-4 Tbsp per day. I usually cook with coconut oil (except when I’m jonesing for that awesome toasty walnut oil…. or indulging in a fancy olive oil), so I figured if I do 3 Tbsp coconut oil in frosting in the morning, I’ll probably end up with about 4 by the end of the day. (Besides, 3 is probably plenty for me—I’m not that big).
I’ll tell you that I definitely noticed a boost during the first week of following this. I was starving in the evenings and I felt more lean after just 3 or 4 days. I had more energy too, and my skin wasn’t dry on my legs anymore. I’ve been doing this for almost a month, and so far I like how satisfied I feel in the mornings. I do not thrive on eating many times throughout the day, so I love it when I find something that will hold me over for half a day (till I get my green juice). I feel pretty energized, but I need to give this a little more time (and stop staying up so darn late on the weekends), so I can be more accurate in my assessment about the coconut oil’s role in my energy.
I’ll weigh myself and check my body fat too, so I can reflect on that changing (or not) over time.
I’ll keep you posted!
I skyped with Matthew on Friday... mostly this happened with a little talking.
Funny story: a friend came to SM to shop for baby stuff, and this store unfortunately opened the day after she left (that's not the funny part)...so I took a pic to text to her after it opened and when we got closer to walk through the store, I noticed that Maria Shriver was standing there by the door. I swear I was taking a pic of the store and not her, but it's kinda funny that I accidentally took a pic of her (although it probably looked like I was being a shameless tourist...)
Another funny story: This pic may not look like much, especially because it's blurry... but it's the intersection directly in front of my apartment. On Saturday morning, there was some kind of noise going on outside (other than normal---like a marching band practicing for a parade, I thought)... So when I finally went outside at 10:30, I realized they had blocked off all the roads and were shooting a movie scene right in front of my building. There was a marching band involved...a couple cars and a guy in a red shirt.
Monsoon---sushi restaurant on the Promenade. I went there, the food was awesome, the place was funky and nice... and that's all I'm gonna tell you for now.
A great night
On Sunday morning, I met K at the Crepes place for breakfast (at Broadway and the Promenade). We had a lot to catch up on, and plans to make for when her BF returns to LA on Wednesday (he's been gone working for 3 months). K is doing great at following her new food plan, and she even orders her mimosas with the juice on the side so she can control the amount of juice/sugar in it! ...I mean, maybe she also wants to make sure she's not getting cheated out of adequate champs, but we'll go with the first explanation Also, we got carded that morning
I took a tiny break from my shopping sabbatical ... new boots! Note: I need a full length mirror.
That’s my weekend in a nutshell, with just a few details left out. I had plenty of fun, did some work, ate great food…
I’m behind on work and emails and getting back to people, and for that I’m sorry (but not regretful of how that happened in the least). I’m working on it. I think I’ll have it all back under control by Thursday.
How was your weekend? Any new restaurants? Celebrity sightings? Dates? Movie scenes being shot in front of your house?!
Are you a coconut oil fan? Have you tried the therapeutic dose consistently?