When I first started out on the raw food path I tried coconut water, and made coconut treats from the meat (usually a sweet organic smoothie with cacao, cinnamon and bananas). During these explorations I found I liked coconut--in small amounts. In the first Juice Feast I awoke at 3:00 am to make a gallon of freshly pressed organic fruit and vegetable juice. I consumed all 4 quarts at work. I had been Juice Feasting for awhile and thought to add in coconut water. When I came home I wasn't hungry, but I kept hunger at bay by adding in another quart of fresh juice. I made an extra quart with the water of two young Thai coconuts, stirred in a tablespoon of Vitamineral Green or Greener Grasses. It was at this point in my Juice Feast my eyes started to get noticeably bluer.
One problem I encountered (as I am not a wasteful person) was what to do with all the coconut meat. I didn't know anybody who could use it, and I didn't want to throw it out. So I laboriously cracked open the coconuts and scraped out the meat--to freeze it and save it for when I was on solids again. Now I know exactly what to do with that coconut meat and I've come up with an even more intense juice I call Spirulina Blue-Eyed Goddess Juice.
I've read about the health benefits of coconut kefir water, but I prefer to ferment "coconut milk" (combining the water and the meat of the young coconut and blending on low in the Vitamix for 3 minutes). After blending I empty a packet of BED kefir into a gallon glass jar pour in the blended coconut milk and let it sit for 24 hours in a dark place. Coconut milk takes a little more finesse because it breaks down quickly. After a few days it isn't solid like the coconut milk, but it becomes more like a liquid with small flecks of coconut in it. When it breaks down to nothing but liquid I call it coconut soup and at other times coconut yogurt. The Body Ecology Diet recommends coconut kefir water or coconut pudding. But if you find you like it another way, make it another way.
While making several batches of coconut milk kefir I discovered a new drink. Since it takes a half an hour or more to crack all those coconuts and I've discovered I like the fermented coconut milk fatty, I buy 6 young coconuts per batch. I pour the water of two young coconuts into a glass jar with a heaping tablespoon of Spirulina, Vitamineral Green or other greens blend, then I add one ounce of fermented spirulina. I give it a good shake and sip it while I am harvesting the other coconuts.
Spirulina Blue-Eyed Goddess Juice (Juice Feast Friendly)
water of 2 young coconuts
1 heaping tbl powdered greens
1 ounce fermented spirulina
|Coconut Milk Fermenting|
Fermented Coconut Milk (Pre and Post Juice Feast Treat)
meat of 6 young coconuts
water of 4 young coconuts
add (after blending) 1 packet kefir starter or 1 cup culture from last batch
love and gratitude and water blessings
Note: I also tried to add a Vitamix blended batch of coconut milk with a carton of store bought coconut yogurt. It fermented a little and tasted great, but I could tell how powerful the BED kefir strain is and as I am trying to heal at a therapeutic level I will continue to use this product.
One More Note: This may be the only time animal testing will be done on this blog. I must confess I am not the only one who loves coconuts. In a recent development my cat has decided she would like to lick up to 3 teaspoons of melting coconut oil off my finger 3 or more times a day. I am the third known person to own this cat so I'm not sure of her age, but I've had her for over 7 years. She has been eating coconut oil for the last two months and her fur is extraordinarily soft. She has always been playful, but her kittenish love to play is showing itself more frequently. And she is very happy. She purrs the entire time she is licking the oil off my fingers.