Tropical Nostaligia

Lately someone’s been going a little overboard with coconut milk— otherwise known as the epitome of tropical flavours. I love the exotic taste of coconut and the tropical kind of nostalgia that comes with the package.

Piña colada is a rum-based cocktail that consists of pineapple juice and cream of coconut. As Google shows, the drink was made famous in Puerto Rico by the release of Rupert Holmes’s “The Piña Colada Song”. Who doesn’t love that catchy song. I don’t go out enough so I have no idea what the real alcoholic version tastes like….but I once had a smoothie at a Malaysian restaurant that surely beats the never-tasted cocktail. This Tropical Piña Colada Smoothie recipe was inspired by the tangy mix of orange, coconut and pineapple flavours. 

When buying canned coconut milk, look out for preservatives like potassium metabisulfite and additives such as guar gum. I generally stick to brands that consist of none other than coconut milk and water. There’s also the talk about BPA in canned foods, but canned coconut milk is probably not something to have daily. Frozen grated coconut is an alternative that I would love to try another time.

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Chocolate Coconut Banana Popsicle

The weather is starting to heat up and these popsicles are the perfect treats. What’s better than a healthy fruit popsicle with a chocolate coconut coating?  Kick those sugar, fat and additive loaded store bought treats away, I guarantee this one will be just the thing to quench your taste buds.

Despite that bananas are high in sugar, they also contain a good amount of fiber including the prebiotic inulin that helps to keep the digestive tract healthy. From the book “100 Foods to Stay Young”, bananas are beneficial for heart health due to its high levels of potassium, vitamin C and vitamin B6. Helps kidney function and eliminate fluid retention to reduce puffiness.  Continue reading

Wonder BonBons

Just nibbled on a few of these, I am now energized for my afternoon run. This is my new go-to finger food snack. All credits to the lovely AprilAthena.  The only little addition I made was the jam. Even better, it’s like a peanut butter jelly candy with banana. There are so many ways to call this little treat but I’m  going to give it a short name of Wonder BonBons.

Wonder BonBons

1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
1 tbsp coconut oil (optional)
1/2 banana
walnuts (~1/2 to 3/4 cup)
peanut butter or other nut butters
raspberry jam

  1. Slice banana and place on a baking sheet. Top each slice with a small dollop of peanut butter, then a dollop of jam and press a walnut onto each.
  2. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in microwave. It took about 25-30 seconds for me. Cover each piece entirely. 
  3. Freeze for 20 minutes and enjoy. 

*I wanted to add coconut oil to thin out the chocolate for a more crispy texture. But it is not necessary at all to add coconut oil. 

Who says snacking can’t be healthy? Okay, I’m heading out for a jog. 🙂  Seeeya.