Light Summer Dessert: Strawberries with Raw Coconut Whip & Cacao Nibs
- Published on: 13 May, 2015
- Last update: 25 January, 2016
Whew. Is it hot where you guys live?!
It’s burning up over in New York with a temperature of well above 85 today… and I LOVED it. I’ve been on a bit of of a personal journey lately where I’ve been keeping to myself and spending time in nature or reading. My mind needed a break from staring at a screen all day, and after handing in my last final paper of my college career, I’m still trying to center myself and relax for once. It’s hard living in the modern world surrounded by to-do lists and text messages. I struggle every day to find balance between being a human who craves nature and a productive member of society who needs to focus. So I’ve been taking it easy, planning for what’s to come and the soon-to-be release of my new and improved parasite cleanse. Woohoo!
Today I got some work done in the sun and ran some errands I’ve been neglecting (like going to my parent’s house to do laundry… the joy!). While driving around this morning, Nick and I picked up the sweetest woman and gave her a ride to see her daughter. We were in CVS buying a birthday card for my dad (hi dad! love you!) and she asked us for the time, looking worried as if she had missed the bus. Since she asked us for the time we figured either her phone was dead or she wasn’t carrying one, which would not have been a good thing if she had indeed missed her bus. So we offered her a ride to her destination and on the way engaged in such a pleasant conversation. I love people. Interestingly enough, she started it with “make sure you save all your money and don’t waste it on clothes! Use it for healthy food.”
No. Way. The law of attraction is real, people! This stuff happens to Nick and I everywhere we go. No matter where we are, we somehow meet people that are of the same mindset, on the same wavelength, and who remind us of our path and mission. Thank you to the wonderful stranger who graced our presence this morning and taught us about prunes and the digestive system! She said, “No sugar for dessert. In Peru, we soak prunes until they’re soft and enjoy the fruit after a meal. It tastes incredible and heals the stomach.” She was well aware that constipation is at the root of so many preventable diseases and the symptoms of “autointoxication”:
Because of the modern diet/lifestyle full of processed food, fat and sugar, stress, constant pressure, and lack of exercise, the colon becomes the repository of accumulated waste and toxins which disable the body’s purification system. The toxic material ends ends up re-entering our blood stream and getting deposited in our cells. As a result of this auto-intoxication we feel and act far below our potential and can become susceptible to disease. – Hippocrates Health Institute
Moral of the story: make sure your bowels are moving, and give strangers a ride when they’re in need. They know their stuff and can add some knowledge + human connection to your day.
ANYWAY. After our prune lesson, we played basketball and I did a Fitness Blender YouTube workout (see the video below, because they are the best workouts ever and completely free!):
Once the sweat session was complete, we explored this beautiful trail behind the basketball court near our house and soaked up the sun while we listened to the birds.
On the walk home, I picked flowers around my house for a DIY facial toner recipe I have coming up for you guys in a few days. I’m excited for this post because toners are one of my must-have beauty items! They can be quite expensive, but making one yourself is so personal and fulfilling. Everything you do is infused with the energy with which you do it. Taking the time to prepare your own self care products with love is a very special process that I know adds something special to the final product.
And THEN?! I ate some strawberries. But not just any strawberries. These are the healthiest, most delicious strawberries you will ever come across. Coconut cream and cacao nibs add unexpected textures that make this dessert a very unique experience. Plus, it’s so incredibly light – perfect for the sizzling conditions outside!
First, the coconut cream.
You will need:
* 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Start with your chilled coconut milk fresh out of the refrigerator. Natural Value brand is what I recommend because it has the best consistency. Scoop only the solid cream from the top, leaving the watery milk behind. Next, add your stevia, honey or whatever other sweetener you prefer along with vanilla. Whip the cream on high in a mixer for about 10 minutes until it turns to a thick whipped cream. Make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold a bit of form on the strawberries – you might need 2 cans of coconut milk so that there’s enough in the bowl to achieve the perfect consistency.
Now for the cacao nibs.
I don’t like using chocolate chips or melted chocolate in recipes because they are so high in sugar! I’m trying to maximize the nutrition content in everything I eat, and desserts are not excluded. Sugar is an anti-nutrient, meaning it pulls minerals/nutrients from the body. The less you’re consuming, the better. I have been using lightly sweetened cacao nibs by Navitas Naturals and can’t speak of them highly enough.