I don’t know about you, but I get sad when I get in line at the checkout stand at Whole Foods and see a bunch of expensive, organic junk disguised as healthy food in customers’ shopping carts. Why spend all that money, when it’s not going to really benefit you in the long run? So I decided to put together a board on Pinterest, showing my favorite finds for healthy and convenient snacks foods at Whole Foods. Note, these are NOT staples for a healthy diet! These foods I post on this board are NOT a replacement for fresh fruit, vegetables, gluten-free grains, soaked and sprouted seeds, healthy raw fats, etc.
Rather, these are fun foods are easy to prepare or ready-to-eat. They taste so great, it almost makes you wonder: Is this REALLY healthy for me?
Trust me, it healthy for you! So, here’s the link to my Whole Foods Favorites board on Pinterest. Enjoy! (And don’t forget to still eat your veggies!)
I’d LOVE to hear from you! What are your favorite healthy snacks from Whole Foods?
Raw Vegan Coconut Yogurt
I love eating foods that replenish the good bacteria we need for digestive health, but finding those high-quality probiotic-like foods can be tricky at times. Fermented or cultured foods are some of the most beneficial to your stomach health and digestive system. Not only do they help your tummy, they also improve help keep a happy and healthy vagina! One of the gems I’ve found (and one of my favorite snacks regardless) is coconut yogurt. .It’s one of the easiest and tastiest, and when I posted this recently on Facebook, I received several requests for the recipe. So here you go – enjoy!
Raw Vegan Coconut Yogurt
- Two raw young Thai Coconuts
- Probiotic powder (2-4 Capsules)
- Crack open the coconuts. Strain the coconut water, set aside in a clean bowl. Scrape out the coconut flesh, clean off anything that’s not white and discard.
- Blend both the coconut meat and coconut water in Vitamix until smooth. Pulse and scrape if needed. Do NOT over process.
- Open the probiotic capsules, pour the contents into the blender. Blend just until mixed with coconut pulp to make coconut yogurt.
- Pour coconut yogurt mix into a glass bowl with an fitted lid.
- Set your coconut yogurt in a dark cool place (kitchen counter away from sun) to culture, around 16-24 hours. Let it ferment longer for a stronger taste. I prefer 2-3 days.
Once ready, blend with your favorite mix-ins: honey to sweeten, vanilla, strawberries, blueberries, mango, etc.
Seal and refrigerate like you would normal yogurt. Your coconut yogurt will stay good for about seven days. Enjoy!