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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Prana Organic Coconut Snacks: Product Review


Do you pray to the coconut gods?

I am being sarcastic, of course, but there are a lot of folks out there that think coconut is the supreme wonder food that will cure everything that ails you.  That's bull.  Its definitely not bad for you, but whether it is really a miracle fruit...or nut, or whatever it actually is, has not yet been proven.

That being said, I do love the taste.  I love sauces made with coconut milk, or coconut in baked goods or curries.  I think coconut sugar is the bomb...YUM! Unlike most folks, however, I am not a huge fan of coconut oil because its super heavy, and its a big pain in the arse to use in winter when it hardens so much, trying to chip any out to cook with is incredibly frustrating. Coconut water tastes gross to me and is pointless.  Unless you are an endurance athlete, don't drink your calories.  Stick with regular water.

In this house, it is Big A and I who are the coconut lovers.  Adam is neutral about it, and Little A despises it.

Given my love of coconut, I was excited to receive samples of Prana's new organic coconut chips in all the available flavours: Classic, Hula (salt and pepper), Charleston (BBQ) and Jive (Spicy).

To my surprise, everyone was eager to try them.  Unfortunately, not even Big A liked them.  She found the Classic too plain, and the others too spicy.  I enjoyed all of them though.  I love the spicy flavours, of course, but don't love that they have added sugar in them (rice syrup). That being said, they aren't something I would snack on but they are perfect for adding to salads, stir fries and other dishes, and that's what I've been using them for, like my Hawaiian Fried Cauliflower Rice!

If you like them as a snack, go for it, but just keep in mind they don't have much protein or volume to them, so you can easily it several servings (a serving is 1/4 cup and 90 calories) without feeling full.  I say better to use as a garnish or as an ingredient in a recipe.

Disclosure: I was sent these products for free but all opinions on this blog are my own.