Strawberry Coconut Frozen Dessert (dairy free, sugar free): Detox recipe 5 of 21April 27, 2012
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A little over a year ago I posted this rant about Pinkberry. Feels like Day 5 of our detox time is a good time to bring it back. We get to enjoy delicious frozen treats just as much as anyone else – the recipe is at the end.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but frozen yogurt shops are kind of a big deal. I see one every time I turn around. Like Pinkberry. Are you familiar? Because apparently they’re in 14 states and 6 countries outside the U.S. And they have a catchy little song with lyrics like these:
“It doesn’t feel like I’m cheating when I’m eating it”
It’s nice to imply guilt right off the bat, because women should feel guilty about how much they weigh and what they look like. Right? Thanks, Pinkberry! I almost forgot!
“Cuz it’s healthy; I’m feeling better already”
Really? Is it healthy? What does healthy mean exactly? Let’s see…the first two ingredients as listed on the Pinkberry website are:
Nonfat milk – Did you know your body needs fat to absorb calcium? Nonfat milk leaves you high and dry, nutrient wise. And since it’s nonfat, you know the next ingredient will hit you like a ton of bricks because fat would actually help slow the absorption of sugar into your bloodstream. Oh well.
Sugar – Oh, yes. Good. Refined sugar. As the second ingredient you know that Pinkberry will weaken your body, deplete your mineral supply, mess with your blood sugar levels and moods, and leave you feeling hungry again soon after you’ve finished.
There’s really not much else to it, after that. Just cultured pasteurized nonfat milk with live and active cultures, contains less than 2%: cultured nonfat milk powder, fructose, dextrose, natural flavors, citric acid, guar gum, maltodextrin, mono-and diglycerides, and starch. Ahh, just like grandma used to make.
“Like a burst of sunshine”
I like the word “burst” here because that’s exactly it. Sugar will give you a burst of feeling good, followed by feeling not-so-good. You know, this lyric is right on the money!
“Good for my body”
I’m going to have to disagree here.
“Good for my mouth”
Certainly not your teeth. Or maybe it just makes your mouth smile to engage in this marketing bullcrap?
“Good for my mind”
Sugar is a mind-altering drug. That green tea Pinkberry contains caffeine. Both sugar and caffeine contribute to ADD, energy levels, road rage, and mood swings. I’d have to go with “Probably not good for my mind.”
You know what? It doesn’t matter what kind of overpriced frozen yogurt is out there! Make this bad boy and you won’t miss it at all:
Strawberry Coconut Deliciousness
12 oz. frozen organic strawberries
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup whole fat coconut milk (the thick stuff that comes in a can)
1 tsp. raw honey
Dried unsweetened coconut flakes
In food processor, combine strawberries, vanilla, honey and coconut milk. You’ll probably need to throw in a few splashes of water to get things mixing – but don’t overdo it. When nice and creamy, serve with dried coconut flakes.
Note: If you use frozen mango or frozen banana instead, the natural sugar content is high enough that you don’t need honey. Frozen strawberries are simply not very sweet on their own.