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Hello my joyous readers and happy Friday!
I've just come back from my honeymoon in Italy. I'm now officially a "Mrs.", woot! Our wedding day was magical and our honeymoon was memorable and full of adventure. You are more than welcome to see a few pics if you follow me on instagram. :) The common feedback I heard from our friends and family who attended was that the food was epic (SCORE!) and the band was AMAZING (I must have burned a thousand calories on the dance floor)! My personal favourite part of the whole day was just being present with Walker at our ceremony and indulging in the feeling of pure and absolute joy and love. I've replayed it in my mind a thousand times. Best day of my entire life, hands down.
Even though I'm not a coffee drinker, I enjoyed a few espressos while we were honeymooning. Coffee and I have a love/hate relationship. Years ago I would abuse this relationship and use caffeine purposely to keep me awake so I could survive long hours at the office (not good for stress levels or digestion). As you will see in this video, there are pros and cons to coffee. My advice to you? Use your best judgment. If you suffer from anxiety, have a lot of stress in your life then definitely do not drink caffeine.
Early this morning as I was dreaming of my Italian adventures -- especially my visit to Cafe Sant' Eustachio (best espresso in Rome) and Casa e Bottega (cutest cafe ever in Positano where I purchased that lovely espresso cup and saucer from) -- I decided to whip up this macchiato with coconut milk. Well, truth be told I didn't personally make it, Walker my hubs did. ;)
I instagrammed the photo and instantly people were asking me what brand of coconut milk I use. Most store-bought brands are either in a can and contain BPA (no thank you!) or they have a long list of additives including carrageeanan, guar gum and far too much sodium. Now if you have coconut milk from a can or carton once in a while as an emergency that's totally fine. If, and that's a big if you don't suffer from ill-effects of doing this and you don't do it on the regular then there's no reason to freak out about it. But I do want you to know there is a far better, tastier and healthier version!
Because of the fact coconut milk is SO easy to make, I thought I would share a super simple homemade coconut milk recipe with you. In my book, I share a similar recipe, plus hemp AND almond milk. You are going to love them!
The health benefits of coconut products from oil to butter to milk are endless. Coconut is high in saturated fatty acids (this is a good thing -- do not be alarmed!) and medium-chain triglycerides, which you body will utilize very easily as a source of fuel rather than storing it as fat. This type of fat is super duper easy for your digestive system to manage making coconut products an excellent choice. There are a small group of people however do not digest coconut products well. Simply listen to your body for cues.
Ps. Wondering what a macchiato is? It's simply espresso with a small amount of steamed milk added. In this case, coconut milk!