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    So I know that soy milk is a no-no, and I don't like almond milk and regular milk doesn't agree with me (even though other forms of dairy don't give me any problems), so replacing my breakfast smoothie (protein powder, spinach, 1/2 banana and sometimes some cashew butter, or swapping out the cashew butter and banana with some frozen berries)...

    Should I go for the full fat coconut milk (8 oz serving) or use the light coconut milk? I usually drink this about 4 days/week (have eggs the other days)

  • #2
    It really depends on what calorie load you're looking for. Full fat will probably taste better, but if you're eating huge lunches and dinners you might prefer light.

    Good luck!

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    • #3
      Full fat.

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      • #4
        I've actually been coming in under my "recommended" calories (1800/day for weight loss). Since I've started doing CrossFit (do that about 4 days a week) and am on my primal journey, well it's amazing how many calories you save when you're not eating crap!

        Wonder if Costco carries the cans/cartons of full fat....

        Thanks!

        PS-I know I still have a long way to go before I'm perfectly primal, but like my friend who is doing this with me said the other day "I bought REAL CREAM for my coffee! It's great!". Then I see another friend only eat fat free cheese, fat free sour cream, won't use olive oil (or any other oil) because of the fat and think "ewwww"

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        • #5
          Light coconut milks have additives to give them the desired texture. They're really processed foods. Go full fat, pure coconut milk and just use as much as you want
          Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

          Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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          • #6
            You said other forms of milk don't bother you - so I'd try whole-milk yogurt and kefir. That's what I use.

            Gordo

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            • #7
              Originally posted by reba627 View Post
              Wonder if Costco carries the cans/cartons of full fat....
              They have the 8-packs out here in CA.

              As others have suggested, you might want to look at plain whole milk yogurt as another option, too.
              "Sometimes, you need to make sure the angel on your shoulder has a wingman." -Me

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              • #8
                Thanks all for the quick responses! I've done yogurt before, but it was a bit too thick for my liking. Maybe I'll do half yogurt and half water.

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                • #9
                  If you like avocados, they are great in smoothies, and they give you a lot more versatility in using thinner/less liquids. I only tried them when I went off dairy, but haven't looked back since then.
                  "If man made it, don't eat it." ..Jack LaLanne
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                  If it doesn't agree with experiment, it's wrong." ..Richard Feynman

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                  • #10
                    Any good recipes for coconut milk smoothies? My issue with them is that they are awfully thin. My wife and I have been consuming milk kefir smoothies for two years now (we make our own) but are experimenting with going without dairy for awhile. I am letting the grains rest in milk in the fridge right now.
                    You'll never see the light if you're in someone else's shadow, or said another way, life is like a dog sled team, if you're not the lead dog, the scenery never changes

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                    • #11
                      If you're looking for a thicker texture, adding ice works well.
                      My usual post-workout smoothie just has frozen banana, ice, egg white powder, whatever other fruit I have around and a little water to blend. It usually comes out like ice cream. Yummm ... If I want more calories, I add some coconut milk or an avocado.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mainer View Post
                        Any good recipes for coconut milk smoothies? My issue with them is that they are awfully thin. My wife and I have been consuming milk kefir smoothies for two years now (we make our own) but are experimenting with going without dairy for awhile. I am letting the grains rest in milk in the fridge right now.
                        Try this. It's my favourite smoothie to date:

                        3/4 cup of coconut milk
                        1/2 avocado
                        1 cup of frozen mango
                        1 banana

                        If you're worried about the carbohydrates, save this for after workouts. :]

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by reba627 View Post
                          Thanks all for the quick responses! I've done yogurt before, but it was a bit too thick for my liking. Maybe I'll do half yogurt and half water.
                          Just blend it up more or add more banana.

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                          • #14
                            I use coconut milk, a banana, chocolate whey protein, almond butter, cacao, cinnamon and ice.
                            "If man made it, don't eat it" - Jack Lallane

                            People say I am on a "crazy" diet. What is so crazy about eating veggies, fruits, seafood and organ meats? Just because I don't eat whole wheat and processed food doesn't make my diet "crazy". Maybe everyone else with a SAD are the "crazy" ones for putting that junk in their system.

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                            • #15
                              I use coconut cream or pure cream and water - usually mixed at a ratio of 1:3 (3 being water). Then add whatever else you want - for me usually protein powder, cocoa powder and stevia. I prefer coconut cream plus water to coconut milk - coconut cream seems to me to have a sweeter and more agreeable flavour. I go full fat everything because my life has been so much better since I added lots of fat in - energy levels are better and keeps headaches at bay.

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