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HEALTHY PINEAPPLE COCONUT SALAD

Posted Mar 15 2011 10:39pm

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This is one of my favorite salads to serve with BBQ or oriental flavored foods.  If you’re not familiar with Coconut Secret products, I bet you’ll thank me for introducing you to them! All of their products are ONE INGREDIENT products — coconut!!  Amazing!

Raw Coconut Crystals

First of all, the raw coconut crystals are a low glycemic sweetener.   I don’t even feel guilty using this palm sugar in my recipes because it actually has a very low glycemic index of just 35 (compared to honey with a GI of 55-83, and sugar with a GI of 65-100) and it has a wonderful brown sugar flavor.

Raw Coconut Flour

And then the Coconut flour is a great thickener (yes, you can use it in gravies and baking, too), but I love it because it’s adds fiber to your diet.  rivaling other fiber sources such as psyllium, wheat bran, oat bran, and rice bran.  Coconut supplies an impressive 61% dietary fiber!   Foods contain two types of carbohydrates – digestible and non-digestible.  Digestible carbohydrates (soluble fiber) consists of starch and sugar and promote calories. Non-digestible carbohydrates (insoluble fiber) contains NO calories.  Since the body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, no calories are derived from it and it has no effect on blood sugar.

Here’s the skinny — Coconut flour is gluten-free, very low carb, actually lowers the calorie content of food, contains 40% dietary fiber, promotes lipid oxidation (helps burn fat), aids in digestive health, and helps balance blood sugar levels.  How much more could you ask for from Coconut flour!

Recipe

Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 15 oz pineapple (fresh or canned), in chunks (doesn’t need to be organic due to the thick shell)
  • 1/3 – 1/2 cup organic shredded unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup organic sour cream (yogurt if preferred)
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons organic Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Crystals (Palm Sugar Crystals — to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon organic Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Flour (thicker — can substitute with arrowroot)
  • Pecans (optional)

Place pineapple chunks in a bowl (drain off extra juice) and add shredded coconut. Mix the sour cream (or yogurt), Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Crystals, vanilla, and Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Flour together and pour over the pineapple and coconut mixture.  Mix thoroughly.

Marinate in refrigerator to moisten the coconut and allow the flavors to blend. Sprinkle with chopped pecans just before serving if desired.

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