Coconutty and full of flavor, coconut bites are a sure delight for almost every taste buds well except the few people that do not like the coconut fruit. Coconut is one of the highly nutritious fruits of our time. It is also an amazing fruit in the sense that almost all part of it is useful – its water, meat, and even the shell. You hear of coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut meat, and non-coconut bites. There seem to be so many things you can do with coconut. Little wonder why even the keto dieters are asking if they are allowed to enjoy the richness of coconut in the form of its bites. If we are going, to be honest with ourselves, we will admit that dieting is not for the weak. It takes a whole lot of strength, determination, and consistency to be on a successful diet.
The keto diet is one of the most popular diets worldwide. Ask around and you are sure to find one or two people on it. The basis of this diet is to replace your regular carbohydrate meal with healthy fatty. A successful keto dieter is one who has achieved ketosis, which is a metabolic state where the body gets its energy supply from your fats and not carbohydrates. The road to ketosis is long and there is a lot of food you will have to give up along the way. Fortunately, these days more new keto recipes have been discovered providing more food options. In a short, while we will be learning if coconut bites are among these new food options or it is a no go area for keto dieters.
There are four main ingredients needed in making coconut bites – vanilla extract, honey, coconut oil, and shredded unsweetened coconut. Note that we said ‘main ingredients’ so this means it is possible to use additional ingredients at your discretion.
When making these bites, grinding is involved so you will also need a coffee grinder or food processor. During the process of grinding, some oil will be extracted to make a dense wet mixture, like coconut butter.
Pour the mixture into a separate bowl and add your other ingredients. Then stir until a thick dough-like paste is gotten. The coconut will soak in the oil and everything will be combined with the syrup. Then you go ahead to mold the balls with your hands, you can make use of a teaspoon for measuring the dose. When a mixture is in your hand the oil from the coconut will melt slowly making it easier to form a nice ball shape. Once you get the desired ball shape, immediately roll it into shredded coconut.
Coconut oil is the essential ingredient for coconut balls. They are healthy and help in reducing the level of bad cholesterol, improves minerals and vitamin absorption preserves heart health, and positive impact on the level of blood sugar. It also strengthens immunity, helps in weight management and loss, and improves digestion.
There are also fatty acid medium chains in coconut oil that your body easily digests and converts almost immediately into energy. So actually coconut bites are like small powerful nutritious snacks. You can make many of them and refrigerate them in a container. They can be eaten for dessert, snacks, and a simple treat.
Are They Good Enough For Keto Diet
Even though we have seen how good coconut bites are, that does not answer the question of whether they are permissible on the list of edible foods for keto diets. Before we move on, we will like to clear the misconception some people seem to have as regards diet.
Some people think the only reason why people go on diet is to replace unhealthy foods with healthy foods. While this is true in some cases it is not the general cases. The fact that a diet does not permit food to be eaten does not automatically mean the food is unhealthy, no. There are different reasons why people go on a diet. For example, those that go on a diet for weight loss will only eat the food that can help them achieve their goal, the fact that they are not taking some foods does not mean it is unhealthy for all.
Now back to the main reason why you clicked on this article. Yes, coconut bites are good for the keto diet. Amongst the fruits allowed on keto, coconut is one of them and this means most of its derivatives are allowed too. But note that they have to be prepared in specific ways. You can check online for the different keto coconut bites recipes.
Including coconut in your diet is a good choice as it contains lots of nutrients. Do you know that one coconut cup contains 9g of carbs, 45 calories, 1.7g of protein, 0.5g of fat? And as for coconut water, 100ml contains 19 calories, 0.7g of protein, and 0.2g of fat.
Coconut also contains other micronutrients like minerals and vitamins. They include copper, potassium, iron, phosphorus, and manganese. Finally, coconut oil contains 862 calories, 100g of fat, and 0 carbs. One tablespoon of this oil will have 14g of fat, 0 carbs, and 117 calories.
Generally, coconut is regarded as a keto-friendly fruit. The water is refreshing and good, it does not have so much carbs content and this makes it good for quenching your thirst. The meat from coconut is also keto-friendly and very healthy. A cup of it will give only about 10g of carb and this is a minimum recommended value.
What this means is that you can comfortably enjoy your coconut bites. But remember that the key to dieting and even if life generally in moderation. Do not use the fact that coconut is acceptable as an excuse to abuse it. You might just end up regretting it.