Craving Control: Cooling Coconut Cream w/ Fresh Berries

Craving Control: Cooling Coconut Cream w/ Fresh Berries

Craving Control: Cooling Coconut Cream w/ Fresh Berries

Fresh berries are now full force in season and are absolutely irresistible. There’s nothing better than enjoying fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries, especially when you are able to pick them yourself. 

Berries are a great snack to enjoy and something that our bodies crave during the warm summer months. Often times we crave many foods including dairy and sugar (for many reasons), yet these foods often create hormonal shifts, cause our tummies to turn, and result in acne and eczema. 

BP_CoconutCream_2015Why is it that we crave sugar and dairy if they keep us from physically feeling our best? Cravings occur as a result of three main sources:

  • Nutritional
  • Physical 
  • Emotional

Nutritional cravings occur when our brains are asking us for glucose. Our brain thrives off of glucose in the body, and must be fed consistently to help us focus. Cravings can also occur when we are lacking certain macro and micronutrients that our bodies need to function. When this occurs, we often reach for a quick source of energy, which can include sugar or caffeine. One way to kick this type of nutritional craving is to ensure that we enjoy adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats every few hours in order to keep our blood sugar levels well under control.

Physical cravings occur as a result of certain neurotransmitters in foods that are high in fat and sugar, which assist in the production of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that helps us feel calm and relaxed. So when we eat the foods we crave, we remember that it helped us in our anxious and less calm state and we may return to that same food the next time we need a fix. Dairy brings us comfort, similar to how breast milk gave us safety and nourishment. So it makes sense that when we are looking for comfort we tend to crave the things that soothed us growing up. That’s why many commonly craved foods from our childhood are foods such as mac and cheese, grilled cheese sandwiches or cookies. They are associated with happy memories, and a feeling of being soothed. Enjoying these foods caters to keeping our emotions under control when we are feeling stressed, anxious, or even depressed. 

Based on our nutritional, physical, and emotional states, it makes sense that we crave certain foods, and there’s nothing wrong or bad about our occasional desires and cravings. Although, when dairy doesn’t agree with us as much as we would like it to, we can answer to our dairy cravings with this delicious, fresh treat to satisfy our body’s yearning for the sweet things in life while eliminating digestive upset and skin issues.

BP_CoconutCream2_2015This nutritious treat will certainly help to curb your cravings. But if you’re looking for an effective way to fight those cravings off, a morning workout has been found to reduce cravings throughout the day. Otherwise, you can enjoy this treat until you are ready to address your cravings and get them under control. 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can of coconut milk (chilled in the fridge for a few hours or overnight)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (to taste)

How to Make:                                                 

  • Make sure that the can of coconut milk is chilled as you will just be using the solid part which separates from the liquid when cold
  • Scoop out the thick part and add to a blender or a bowl
  • Add vanilla and maple syrup
  • Blend in a blender or mix using a hand held mixer. Otherwise, use a whisk (or a fork) to mix properly.
  • Scoop a large spoonful on top of the fresh berries
  • Enjoy!