The world of superfoods is full of products of all kinds, but among them, we will highlight today one of the most complete drinks, since it has much to contribute to our entire body. Every time we are more surprised by the benefits of uses of coconut milk and its multitude of uses, a sweet-tasting product that transports to white sand beaches and Latin rhythms that are sorely missed in holiday seasons. The good thing is that its properties are not only purely food, but they have also multiplied in the kitchens of the great and original chefs who use it as a dressing or complement in many recipes.
It is also a great choice for those who do not want, or cannot, drink the milk of animal origin; or as a substitute for sweets that harm our health so much, because its flavor is sweet but its sugar content is minimal. The option to prepare it in a homemade way is very easy and economical, and it eliminates those brands that are seen in the supermarket that carry a multitude of sugars and preservatives in their ingredients. In addition, you can add different types of fruit or cocoa to carry a different flavor.
Properties and beneficial uses of coconut milk
As far as the properties are concerned, these are given by those that the coconut contributes to our body by itself when ingested. Coconut milk is composed, above all, of water, fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals; and his high percentage of carbohydrates is more famous, making it a very powerful source of energy for the human body. This means that its consumption should be moderate if we compare it with other milk that has more calories, it is advisable to consume a quarter cup or half a cup daily at most.
This drink offers many benefits such as superfood and contains a high amount of very varied nutrients. A series of positive reasons that arise from its consumption can be highlighted, such as the strengthening of the bones, which leads to arthritis relief, and the improvement of the immune system. Although in terms of the negative, it has a high content of saturated fats, presenting one of the highest levels in a product of plant origin. However, these negative effects are minimal if we compare them with the positive benefits available to them.
How to prepare and consume it
It is not necessarily necessary to buy in stores, there are recipes to prepare it yourself at home, it also promises to be much healthier and lighter. When you prepare for yourself the products you are going to consume, the result is usually much more natural, much healthier and much more nutritious; without chemicals that generally help preserve the product but harm the human body.
Preparing this drink is as simple as grating the pulp of the fruit, mixing it with water, sweetener to taste (always optional, since it is sweet in itself) and whipping everything in the blender until the mixture becomes very liquid. It is advisable to strain it at the end, but it is not a mandatory step.
At the time of consuming it, free will always prevail, since there are many sweet or savory recipes. You can also use it as a natural drink to accompany coffee, cook or drink it raw, and also in sauces as a substitute for liquid cream since it has a highly recommended fat content.
Curried rice with chicken and coconut
In the Caribbean and Asian areas, the consumption of coconut-flavored rice stands out, such as in India. That is why this recipe is one of the most acclaimed in this type of cuisine, also for being a very soft curry and lighter for those people who can’t stand spicy so much. It is one of the best uses of coconut milk.
– 1 medium onion
– 1 clove of garlic
– 2 slices of ginger
– 1 chicken breast
– 1 tablespoon curry (soft)
– 2 tablespoons grated coconut
– 1 glass of rice
– 1 glass of coconut milk
– 1 tablespoon peanuts
– 1 tablespoon of raisins (optional)
– Oil and salt to taste
– Lemon (peel and juice)
Chop the onion, garlic, and ginger and sauté in the oil until the onion is transparent. Then add the chopped chicken breast and sauté a couple of minutes. It is at this time when the curry is added and, subsequently, the coconut zest and lemon zest. Then add the lemon juice and coconut milk to stir everything and mix well.
It is at this time when the rice is added, the water and it is expected to boil, when it starts to bubble the fire is lowered and left to a minimum. About 5 minutes before it is ready, the peanuts are added, so that they do not cook too much and remain soft. Once the fire goes out, if the raisins are going to be added, this is the time. Then it should be allowed to rest for 5 minutes and we already have it!