Whole Foods Haul! Coconut Butter Benefits too

June 5, 2013 · 7 comments

This morning I made the mistake of putting a teaspoon of coconut butter on my protein pancakes. Why was this a mistake? It was so freaking good, I wanted to use it as frosting all over them! I’ve heard coconut butter aids in weight loss so maybe I should…

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Whole Foods invited me to a blogger event in Boston when I was in Texas. Since I could not go, they sent me a littler package with a variety of fun products, most of which I had not tried. In 2008, I did sample coconut butter at expo east and brought home a sample but I was always turned off from buying it because of the price.

I will say that despite being 186 calories per 2 tablespoons with 18 g of fat (16 of which are saturated but they are good medium chain fatty acids! ) it is worth the money. Moderation is key. It may be a superfood but it’s not low in calorie. I think a jar costs around $11 or $14. One study said a farmer tried to fatten up his cattle feeding them coconut butter but they lost weight instead. All the doc’s I found online said this isn’t the case for humans but it is beneficial to us for many other reasons including lower cholesterol and having antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal capabilities. It’s also great to use a skin and hair moisturizer.  According to EatingWell.com, eating coconut oil/butter speeds up the metabolism by 5% while digesting. If you ate a 500 calories meal, 10% is typically used for digestion. If some of those calories came from coconut oil, allegedly your body would burn 75 calories instead of 50 while digesting.

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They also sent some Beanitos, Paleonola, Bonk Breakers, Bonnieville Cookie, Summit Seeker Trail Mix and raisins for baking up a storm. The Beanitos were gone quickly. As was the power cookie. Roomie declared Bonk Breakers his favorite bar ever. I first tried these at the Kona Ironman and knew they were good but are pretty high in calories for an energy bar for the activities that I do. If you do long bike rides, these are awesome!

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The summit seeker might be my new favorite trail mix made with raw sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, walnuts, pepitas and a few chocolate chips. I first ate out the cashews and chocolate of course. The Paleonola was also a fun addition. I do not buy granola on my own because I’m terrible at portion control with the bags. The sugar sends me on a downward spiral and the small portions set me up for overeating almost always. It was really good and if you want a grain free granola, check it out. The Bonnievilles cookie did not taste like a typical cookie but I liked it. It’s gluten free, vegan and made without refined sugars. I tried the peanut butter caramel, which is made with 9 ingredients and has 260 calories. With 19 g of sugar it’s a dessert for sure but it does have 7 g of protein and 3 g of fiber from natural sources. Not a bad option if you eat gluten free and have a sweet tooth!

If you are looking for a homemade dessert for gluten free diets, check out this delicious chocolate and almond freezer pie I found in the Udi’s Gluten Free Community.

Have you discovered any new goodies?

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Becky @ Olives n Wine June 5, 2013 at 7:57 pm

I love love LOVE coconut butter – you’re right it is so good but so addicting :) I used coconut oil on my feet for the first time last night as a moisturizer and my feet were SOOO smooth all day today! It is definitely going to be my go-to natural moisturizer from now on.

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2 Danielle June 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

Coconut butter is my favorite! It is totally addicting but it really is so good for you! It takes me a long time to go through the big jars of it so it really is worth the cost :) I’ve never tried it on a protein pancake, I’ll have to try that out next!

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3 sara @ fitcupcaker June 6, 2013 at 8:43 am

I love coconut butter, I use Nikki’s flavored ones a lot, prob too much! it is so freaking good, but coconut butter is good for you so slather away!

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4 Maria June 6, 2013 at 12:33 pm

I love the Artisana coconut butter, and I’ve actually seen it at Homegoods/TJMaxx every time I’ve been there. Such a steal!

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5 Olena @ iFOODreal.com - High protein and low carb recipes June 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Sarah! I always been a reader but never a commenter on your blog. Don’t know why.:) I love your food and menu reviews so much! So down to Earth and simple. Love them!
So I decided to comment, I have never heard of coconut butter. I wonder if I can find it at Trader Joe’s?! I love anything coconut – oil, water, milk. It’s so good for you. But I agree – in moderation.

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6 Cori June 11, 2013 at 5:36 pm

I LOVE coconut butter (and coconut milk, coconut oil….)! Coconut tastes so good and is so good for you. I cook with coconut oil as well (shoot it can even be used for other things as well…like exfoliating and healing dandruff…gross but true).

I also love toasting coconut flakes in the oven with a bit of salt and/or honey. Such a good little treat!

I must admit I wasn’t a fan of Beanitos when I tried them though haha

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7 Janelle Kay August 6, 2013 at 11:35 am

Coconut butter is fantastic! I have been using coconut butter as a nice substitute when I want to make recipes vegan:) But I would never drop that much for a jar. Instead I make it homemade! It’s super easy and sooooooo much cheaper!

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