With Thanksgiving right around the corner, a lot of us are scrambling for the perfect dish to bring to a friend or family get together — often times the go-to is dessert dishes. The classic pies, cakes, and cupcakes all have one thing in common: whipped topping! (What’s a pie without it??)
While classic whipped cream is delicious, your body may not love the way it makes you feel after eating it. Milk and dairy products are a common source of inflammation, food sensitivity, and GI upset.
Our Functional Medicine team has a great holiday alternative. This recipe is super simple and is a great touch to any holiday dish. Keep reading for her recipe on Homemade Whipped Coconut Cream!
Homemade Whipped Coconut Cream
- 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- 1 Tbsb of maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
- Take the cream from a can of full fat coconut milk chilled in fridge 6 hours.
- Add 1 tbsp maple syrup.
- Add 1/2 tsp vanilla extract.
- Combine in mason jar with lid and shake.
- Enjoy on top of your favorite holiday treat!
In a pinch for an easy and delicious go-to-treat? Try with assorted berries! Berries are a wonderful source of antioxidants that can reduce inflammation and enhance neuroprotection. Arming yourself with more antioxidants this season can help combat the increased free radical damage that typical occurs with excessive holiday drinking and indulgences in unhealthy foods.
Coconut milk is a great alternative to regular whole milk. It still contains all the great nutrients (calcium, vitamin B12, vitamin D) that regular milk does. While coconut milk contains 1 gram of protein per serving, it makes up for that with 5 grams of fat; which helps to keep you energized. These particular types of fat in coconut have been shown to process differently than other saturated fats and offer health benefits! Some of the top health benefits are: cardiovascular health, bone support, and immune strength!
If you’re looking for more health tips or have questions about food sensitivities or gut health, schedule a free consultation with our Functional Medicine and Clinical Nutrition team today!