Sweetened coconut vs. unsweetened coconut – who’s the winner?
To me, the winner is pretty obvious – SWEETENED coconut tastes so much better than unsweetened, especially on top of oatmeal!
Sweetened coconut is fluffy and delicious. And sweet, of course!
Unsweetened coconut is hard and bland tasting. 🙁
I did a side-by-side taste test on my banana oatmeal to see which I really prefer. And although I’d like to say the unsweetened kind is just as good, it’s not. Sweet all the way! 🙂
My lunchtime oatmeal contained:
- 3/4 cup oatmeal
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup almond breeze
- 1 sliced banana
- Toppings: unsweet vs sweet coconut, almonds, and flax
When is a Treat Worth It?
I believe to live a balanced lifestyle, you have to decide which foods are “worth it.” Some foods are only yummy in their full-fat, unadulterated glory! Which is exactly why I almost never get FroYo and always get real ice cream. 🙂 And sweetened coconut is totally worth the extra calories and 6 grams of sugar! A little sugar never hurt anyone. :)
But I think that some treats just aren’t worth the wasted calories – store-bought cake, crappy Halloween candy, regular soda, etc. I’d rather use my appetite to eat other more nutritious and yummy foods. Plus, I tend to eat more of the “fake” stuff in an attempt to satisfy my taste buds (they aren’t fooled!).
A survey: which of these foods do you prefer the “real” version of, and which do you not see as “worth it”?
- Ice cream or frozen yogurt?
- Regular coke or diet?
- Sugar or artificial sweetener?
- Butter or fake butter?
- Real salad dressing or the light stuff?
- Half and half or fake creamer?
- Real sugary gum or artificially sweetened gum?
- Worth it – Ice cream
- Not worth it – I drink diet coke over regular
- Worth it – Sugar
- Worth it – Butter
- Worth it – Real Salad Dressing
- Worth it – Half and Half
- Not worth it – I chew artificially sweetened gum (I chew a lot of gum)
Obviously, I think the real version is usually better! :) Everything in moderation, right?!