Playing coconut ninja

Hey everyone! Happy Sunday to ya’ll 😀

After our scrumptious sushi dinner, the pilot and I both had some serious sweet teeth.

So we went to Bruster’s and he got a banana split…

and I came home and had some banana soft serve (added cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla extract) and vegan chocolate chips

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It was nothing short of foodgasmic.

Then I proceeded to fall asleep in the best way possible.. with a baby polar bear in my arms

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This morning, the pilot and I woke up and took the puppers on a 45 minute walk around the neighbor.

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When we got back, it was coconut hacking time!!!

I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts

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There they are standing in a row

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Big ones, small ones

Some as big as your head

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Using my new cleaver, I made four hacks on the top of each coconut and pulled the “lid” off

 

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cut coconuts

Strained and drained the water (liquid electrolyte gold) into four containers: the Vita-mix for morning sludge purposes, a glass to drink, a Stonyfield container to freeze and an Air Force container to keep in the fridge and use for the next couple of days.

coco water

Next, I made a hack in the middle of each coconut and bounced it until it broke in half. This part made the pilot a little nervous- he doesn’t like me using knives at all and fears for my fingers whenever I’m cutting something.

cut up coconuts

I scooped the meat out, measured it into one-cup servings and froze each serving in separate Vacu-seal baggies. The little container is staying in the fridge to use for the next couple of days. After that, when I want to use some coconut, I’ll just grab a baggie out of the freezer and let it defrost in the fridge. Saweeeet.

coco meat

After playing coconut ninja, I made some his and her sludges for the pilot and I.

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2 cups coconut water, 1.5 frozen bananas, 1/2 mango, 3 medjool dates, the rest of the spinach container, 1 t spirulina and a sprinkle of sea salt.

I forgot to take a picture of the finished products (and even garnished them all pretty!) but I promise it was delicious 😀

Workout wise, I plan on hitting up the RAD in a little while and also want to do a yoga podcast later on after my training appointment. Our friends went to Jacksonville today, but the thought of another road trip made me a little ill. After our drive back from Oklahoma City and then driving to Orlando and back, I’m ready to chill… until next weekend 🙂

Have a Happy Sunday and be on the lookout for an awesome giveaway tomorrow!

Much love,

G$

Today’s tip: When the people we love don’t eat as healthily, work out, etc. as we wish they would, it’s much more effective to let them try the food we’re eating or come with us to the gym than to tell them why their habits are less-than-stellar and what they need to change. It’s saddening when you wish so badly that your family/husband/friends would take care of themselves (because you want them to live a long time and keep them around for a while) and is easy to get into a nag fest about it. I could talk to the pilot for days about why I didn’t think he should hit up Burger King as often as he used to, but it wasn’t until I made him a delicious jalapeno, bell pepper and pepper jack cheese – stuffed turkey burger that he realized healthy food can be just as, if not more, delicious than the unhealthy version. A perfect way to ease in healthy choices, is to give the people in your life tastes of what you’re enjoying. A great example of this was the sludge. I gave the pilot a small glass of the one I drank the other day, and today he asked for his own because he liked it so much.

Same thing goes for the gym.. instead of telling others why you wish they would work out, offer to go for a walk with them or ask them to join you for your favorite aerobics or yoga class. Healthy habits are contagious- share the wealth 😀

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26 Comments

  1. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) on October 11, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    Ohhh maybe I will be your first comment! I think healthy habits are contagious…as I was making a recipe inspired by you! your spinach and basil raw pesto my 2.75 yr old was begging for tastes straight outta the vitamix. You have to lead by example as a mommy and with adults, it’s best to just walk the walk rather than try to “convince” others with words. I dont try to convince anyone anymore, I just do my thing. If they jump on the healthy/yoga/veggie/etc bandwagon awesome! And if not, maybe in time they will. I dont like to be pushy or naggy. Even though sometimes I just wanna jump up and down and scream LOL 🙂

  2. Rebecca Kenefic on October 11, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    you are wont BRAVE BRAVE woman to tackle those coconuts..much braver then i am since i just buy coconut water 😉

  3. Kristen on October 11, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    Great point about dealing with less healthy family members!

    My family thinks vegetarianism is weird, so rather than lecture them, I just make something too delicious to disagree with ;-). No need to get on the ole high horse!

    Your little polar bear is so precious! I want one. 😉

  4. VeggieGirl on October 11, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Aww, that photo of you and Bella is so precious!! 😀

    I’m still intimidated by cracking coconuts – eek!

  5. Sana on October 11, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    Wow you are getting soo much better at cutting them, yeah I don’t do knives. Thats what men are for :)!

  6. Nicci@NIftyEats on October 11, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    Coconut hacking looks like fun but I think I’d end up hurting clumsy self. Great tips, I’ve introduced my bf to veggie burgers and tofu…he loves it!

  7. Jessica @ How Sweet It Is on October 11, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I have 2 thai coconuts here at home that I am so afraid to attempt to cut! I need you to come cut them for me!

  8. Pure2Raw Twins on October 11, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    Loving the coconuts. We just did the same thing of stocking up on them! YUM! Glad that you are resting and enjoying being home with the pups. Great advice on getting your loved ones to be ‘more’ healthy – we struggle with the same = but as always leading by example is best!! Keep up the good work!

  9. Ashley on October 11, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    Very off topic, but you’ve totally turned me onto dates!

    While on vacation last week I came across some at a health food store and bought a couple. They were delicious! There were also some rolled in coconut which were sinful.

    Now I must drive all over the Chicagoland area till I can find some!

    I think my man is going to ban me from your Blog. You’ve got me brining home food that scares the crap out of him. Like those dates, which he proceeded to compare look wise to crap.

  10. Janna from Just Flourishing on October 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    That coconut looks delicious. Makes me want to attempt to hack one open… maybe… 🙂

    And thank you for the tip. Sometimes I tend to be a bit of a “health” nag and all it does is case the person (aka my boyfriend) i’m nagging to become defensive. I’m sure he would be receptive to healthier food if I was less aggressive about it and just offered him tastes of things, rather than forcing healthy food down his throat… so to speak!

  11. glidingcalm on October 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    1) I love your “today’s tip”
    2) I love your pictures with the pup and coconutta!
    3) Your raw sushi in the last post is BEYOND gorg, as are the rolls
    4) so excited for the giveaway
    MWAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
    gc

  12. Melissa (Melissa Likes To Eat) on October 11, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Nice job on them coconuts!!!!! I love your tip about less healthy family member/friends. I hope my kids will follow my lead and eat healthy and exercise throughout their life. They are really little right now but they are starting to recognize what is a “healthy” food and what isn’t. 🙂

  13. SAL on October 11, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    You are fab and so wise for your years! Loved your tip.

  14. Sarah (LovIN My Tummy) on October 11, 2009 at 6:37 pm

    Yeah, I’m with the pilot on your coconut hacking. You were good until you started homatawking them, then I was worried.

    I couldn’t agree with you more about SHARING YOUR LIFESTYLE instead of just your wisdom. I always make extra of my vegan/raw goodies and have made a few converts along the way!

    I’m glad you got to enjoy such a nice weekend with your “family.”

  15. Erin on October 11, 2009 at 8:00 pm

    SUCH GOOD ADVICE. I wish we all knew this from BIRTH. Not only is it often counterproductive to push out ways on someone we love, it’s quite hurtful. 🙁 No one really wants to be corrected by a self-righteous health nut, right? It can be so embarrassing. Plus, persuasion is best achieved when the person being persuaded is listening to an expert, not a family member, and they have to have some agency in the process. There’s your social psychology tidbit for the day!

  16. Stephanie on October 11, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    i totally agree with today’s tip! i think alot of times people are somewhat scared of “health food” and not open to trying it… so by just assuring them that it’s good and letting them try it at their own pace they sometimes surprise themselves with how much they like it (def been my experience with my boyfriend if you can’t tell!) 🙂 glad the coconut extravaganza went well!

  17. The Pilot on October 11, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    Nice work with the coconuts, babe. I think it’s time to step it up to the next level. I’ve got a katana blade on order from Japan along with a tennis ball machine modified to fling young thai coconuts. Your culinary kung-fu will be strong, grasshopper 😉

  18. Jenny on October 12, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Frozen some bananas last night. Going to try the banana soft serve tonight!

  19. Alice on October 12, 2009 at 6:51 am

    I can just see the coconut ninja fights…

  20. Menden @ Skinny Menny on October 12, 2009 at 10:28 am

    My boyfriend gets nervous when I use knives too…he’s always worried about me cutting off a finger, lol!

    Great tip for today! 🙂

  21. Whitney @ Lettuce Love on October 12, 2009 at 10:47 am

    You are so brave to attack those coconuts! I am scared of them. Great tip today — I totally agree!

  22. Sara on October 12, 2009 at 10:50 am

    My boyfriend is also terrified of me with knives. He thinks I am clumsy – which I probably am. Thanks for the tips though!

  23. stacey on October 12, 2009 at 10:56 am

    I bought one of those coconuts two weeks ago (and thanks to you, now I know what to do with it)- the question is….after two weels is it still good, or do I need to throw it out?

  24. Jenna on October 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    great job on the coconuts! can’t wait for the giveaway 🙂
    jenna

  25. inw on October 12, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! that’s a lot of coconuts! I bought my first two ever this weekend & managed to hack them open. I noticed that one of yours had a thin layer of meat that looks different from the rest (maybe slimier & has a diff color) & one of mine was like this as well & I was barely able to get any meat out. Did you end up keeping this one or tossing it? Do you know if this happens frequently with coconuts & if its still ok to use?

  26. Tina on October 12, 2009 at 12:20 pm

    That’s so cool you have all that coconut meat! I would totally do that if I had any sharp knives at school haha.

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