On Saturday I’ll be in Glendale for Thanksgiving #1 with my mom’s side of the family.
On Sunday I’ll be in San Clemente for Thanksgiving #2 with Kyle’s family.
So while I cook away for my double gobble gobble weekend, I figure I may as well share a fun giveaway with you guys as a way of saying THANKS. I’m so lucky to have such kind, supportive, wonderful readers friends like you.
You may have noticed that lately I’ve been raving left and right about coconut, and it’s not without merit. It’s nutritional benefits are impossible to ignore…and as an ice cream base…well, it’s just plain perfection.
I only recently discovered Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss, an organic dairy-free, soy-free coconut based ice cream.
It’s natural richness creates a to-die-for-creamy texture that totally replicates real ice cream. However, unlike real ice cream, the fat in coconut milk has heart-protective properties (as opposed to heart-clogging cholesterol).
You may be thinking “wait, isn’t saturated fat BAD for you!?!”
Yes, saturated fats in ANIMAL products are bad for you. They contain cholesterol and promote heart disease. But all saturated fats are not created equal, and the long chain fatty acids in animal products (that are so hard for the body to break down and are thus more likely to be stored as fat) shouldn’t be compared to the saturated fats of PLANT based foods. Coconut oil is nothing like it’s fellow saturated fats. In fact, it’s medium chain fatty acids have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by raising HDL levels (the “good” cholesterol).
Another notable fact about these medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) is that they are very easy for the body to use for energy. They don’t need to be broken down and are thus immediately available, thereby speeding up the rate at which your body burns fuel. In other words, it’s the ideal fat for people who typically have a hard time digesting fat (such as those with colitis or hypothyroidism). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg as far as it’s healthy benefits go.
- Coconut milk, meat, and oil contain lauric acid, which is naturally antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal
- Coconuts are excellent for your immune system, and good for your skin, too, which is why coconut is in so many moisturizers and cosmetics
Coconuts are definitely a superfood in my eyes.
So when the lovely PR people at Coconut Bliss offered to send me some coupons, you better believe I was jumping at the chance.
It was hard to decide which flavor to try first, but I ended up going with Chocolate Hazelnut Fudge.
I ate it straight from the container. Kyle has already been warned that this is an Elise-only item. In other words, you touch, you die. I love my husband, but some things are sacred, and Coconut Bliss is now number one on the list…right after hippie-roons. 🙂
So, would you like to try it for yourself? For free?
Alright then, to enter to win coupons for TWO PINTS of Coconut Bliss leave a comment below telling me:
- A health benefit you learned about coconuts, agave nectar, or any other ingredient in Coconut Bliss.
- What flavor you’d like to try.
- What you favorite topping for ice cream is.
You can comments on as many of those as you’d like, each will be one entry, so leave separate comments. Extra entries for tweeting about the giveaway.
***I will announce 2 random winners on Thanksgiving Day (11/25/10) – one Canadian and one US reader – so please specify if you are American or Canadian when you enter.***