Pure Coconut

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Hard to imagine that just two days ago, I woke up in Puerto Rico, pulled on my bathing suit, and laid by the pool until it was time for breakfast.  It’s gross and raining here in Tennessee (where I’m currently stuck).  Rain, rain – go away!


Despite the chilly weather, I was craving something cold for breakfast.


Fun little product review for ya:  I bought the new Silk Pure Coconut milk last night, and I must say, I positively LOVE IT.  I’m not a fan of drinking straight cow’s milk or putting it in cereal (an example of my weird vegetarian gray area; I just don’t like the idea of it).  So I’m always looking for a tasty milk alternative.  Normally, I drink almond, rice, or soy milk, although I try to limit my soy milk because I already eat a lot of soy.  The Pure Coconut was so creamy and flavorful.  Like most milk alternatives, it was low in protein, but at least it has 45% of my daily calcium!


With Panda Puffs, strawberries, and almonds.


I’m trying to convert my mom to the joy that is Panda Puffs cereal.  I think she’s suspicious because there’s a cartoon character on the front.  Hah. 


Thought of the Day:


“Happiness is an attitude.  We either make ourselves miserable, or happy and strong.  The amount of work is the same.”  – Francesca Reigler



  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 13, 2011, 9:10 am

    I’m having the same disappointing shock after getting back from Italy where there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. Though I am glad to have something other than cured meat and pastries for breakfast. 🙂

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 13, 2011, 9:12 am

    I’ve been curious to try this… I’m not really a big fan of putting milk on anything or drinking it straight-up (probably because of years of my parents insisting that I drink a glass with dinner EVERY night!) but I don’t mind coconut milk in curries so maybe I’ll try it as a substitute!

  • Lindsey October 13, 2011, 9:13 am

    I saw that milk at the store last week and was tempted to try it! I love unsweetened almond milk and chocolate soy milk but this might make its way into my cart this weekend 🙂

  • Christina @ Just Running October 13, 2011, 9:15 am

    Thanks for the honest review. I find it hard to take seriously the ‘reiews’ from bloggers who received free products.

    Get well soon!

    • CaitlinHTP October 13, 2011, 9:19 am

      Why I hardly ever do product reviews these days! I agree.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife October 13, 2011, 9:21 am

    Is it bad that I kinda feel the same way about that cereal?…haha 😉

    I love almond milk. YUMM.

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb October 13, 2011, 9:22 am

    never tried the coconut milk, but i do love coconut ice cream! too bad i can’t mix that with my morning cereal 🙂

  • Samantha October 13, 2011, 9:36 am

    I know how you feel about the milk! I’m toeing the line between vegetarian and vegan, but then I just decided to follow my conscience and not label myself. I’ve been using unsweetened soy, but like you I eat too much soy already so I need a good alternative. I’ll give the coconut stuff a try, as well as unsweetened almond.

  • Kaitlyn October 13, 2011, 9:41 am

    Love coconut milk! My sister, a fabulous mother, wife, vegetarian, and whole life living woman, just started her own blog-soulicious.net. And guess what her post is about this morning-COCONUTS! You should check it out and give her some love!

  • Kierstan @ Life {and running} in Iowa October 13, 2011, 9:44 am

    Coconut milk is awesome! Although I still find myself always reaching for the unsweetened vanilla almond milk when I am at the store…

  • Krystina (Organically Me) October 13, 2011, 9:46 am

    That bowl is awesome! I want one.

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 13, 2011, 9:56 am

    What a sucky situation that happened to you yesterday, but at least you got some snuggle time with your mom 🙂
    We’ll miss you tonight and need to find another time for you to meet Hailey!

  • Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine October 13, 2011, 9:58 am

    Great quote. So true!

  • lauren October 13, 2011, 9:58 am

    Caitlin, I’m loving your quotes lately. I want to copy them down and store them for when I need some deep, happy thoughts!
    I’ve never tried that kind of coconut milk, just the light kind in a can that you make curry with. Is it the same thing?

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:58 am

      Coconut drinking milk is lighter and mixed with water, and the coconut milk you cook with is more meaty.

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey October 13, 2011, 10:01 am

    Ha,ha… your Panda Puff comment cracked me up. I try to give off the air that I have a kid at home who is, of course, going to eat the Panda Puffs and Gorilla Munch cereal in my cart at EarthFare… ha! (Not 32 year old me, and my 33 year old partner. No siree). 😉


  • Jen October 13, 2011, 10:23 am

    The cartoon character on the box should make her WANT to eat it!

    By the way, even though it’s only morning, I know that quote is going to make my day today. A few minutes ago, I was in one of those unhappy moods for no apparent reason (which happens to me frequently, I’ll admit), but that quote has already inspired me to turn this day around and choose to be happy. So for that, thank you.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:59 am

      <3 hope your day was great!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen October 13, 2011, 10:25 am

    I just bought that for the first time recently too. It’s amazing! I bought the plain the first time and the vanilla the second b/c it was all they had. I actually like the plain better, less sweet and more coconutty 🙂

  • Yolie @ Practising Wellness October 13, 2011, 10:31 am

    I love that quote at the bottom of your blog post today – I have it written down in my diary, and it’s one of my favourites!

    Mmm….your bowl of cereal looks lovely! We have a delicious brand of coconut milk for cereal etc in England called Kara, and it is so delightful! 🙂 Can see why you love yours so much.

    I love that bowl with the cereal in – it’s so pretty and creative! And those photos are all STUNNING! 🙂

    So sorry about the bum situation, we all make mistakes with our driving, and I hope the tires get sorted out soon – I understand it must be very frustrating, but it’s so nice that it happened close enough that you can stay with your wonderful Mum! <3 xyx

  • Khushboo October 13, 2011, 10:56 am

    I love that quote – so true! You can’t change the situation but you can change your reaction towards it!

  • Emily @ Comfortable Home Life October 13, 2011, 11:10 am

    I love that quote! And I’m totally with you on the cow’s milk. — it freaks me out! I usually end up using rice milk with cereal or in smoothies.

  • Moni'sMeals October 13, 2011, 11:21 am

    That weather you are in sure makes your pictures look purtty! 🙂

    Great quote. true dat. 😉

  • Rosa - Fitness, Food, Fulfilled October 13, 2011, 11:23 am

    I love soy milk and almond milk, but seldom ever get them because I need to consume more protein and need the regular milk to get there.

    For a treat, I love the flavored soy milks on cereal. Like dessert!

  • deva @ deva by definition October 13, 2011, 11:49 am

    I wasn’t the biggest fan of the coconut milk, unless it was mixed with something else – like protein powder. I did, however, like the almond milk. Typically, though, I buy organic 2% milk.

  • Amber @ Busy, Bold, Blessed October 13, 2011, 11:52 am

    Sorry to hear about your car! What a bummer. At least you’re stuck somewhere that you have a place to crash though… could be worse. Hope they get everything fixed up soon.

    Definitely cold and rainy here in PA too! Rain rain go away 🙂

  • Rachel October 13, 2011, 11:52 am

    That coconut milk sounds tasty!

    So, random side note: The number one way people get to my blog in the past 2 years is through Facebook. Guess what number two is? People who have clicked on my comments to your blog posts.

    Good to know! Guess I will have to keep reading religiously and commenting around here 😉

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 8:59 am

      🙂 thanks for commenting, Rachel!

  • Angela (Oh She Glows) October 13, 2011, 12:00 pm

    I’m going to have to check out this milk…sounds great!

    Sorry to hear about your car problems yesterday. My car is also having issues & making noises. Have to get it into the shop and I think it’s going to cost an arm and a leg.

  • Laura October 13, 2011, 12:11 pm

    I bought Panda Puffs the other day… and the checker thought I had children. I very proudly said “No, those are for me.” And just between me and the internet, I let her assume that I have a gluten allergy, but I just like eating them.

  • Katie @ Peace Love and Oats October 13, 2011, 12:14 pm

    I finally bought some panda puffs cereal! So good! Haha I literally keep a measuring cup next to it though because I could easily eat the whole box!

  • Army Amy* October 13, 2011, 12:17 pm

    I also feel weird about drinking straight milk. Almond milk for me it is!*

  • Destini October 13, 2011, 12:35 pm

    I have never heard of silk pure coconut! I wonder if they have or will get that in Canada. I am like you and always looking for a milk alternative. And something about coconut milk in my cereal sounds yummy 🙂

    Hope you get home soon!

  • Brittney October 13, 2011, 12:49 pm

    Hope the car gets fixed soon and you can get home! I really needed that quote- thanks for posting it. I’ve been kind of making myself miserable as of late and really want to be happy…

  • Amber K October 13, 2011, 12:53 pm

    I don’t enjoy any milk straight up, but I love it with cereal or in smoothies. My fave is So Delicious coconut milk.

    I think I refuse to try the Silk kind because I can’t stand the word “pure” on it. I remember when they came out with “pure almond” which I thought was going to just be almond milk (I know, I know, never trust marketing) and it has soy in it too.

    So sorry that you’re having such an expensive stay with your mom! Yay for extra time, but that stinks about your tires. Hope things are better today!

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 9:00 am

      Yeah – definitely a misleading name!

  • Jennie @ What's Jen Eating? October 13, 2011, 1:29 pm

    I love it, Caitlin! I’m the same way…hovering in a very gray veggie/vegan area. I have stopped drinking cow’s milk. I love vanilla almond…but I have tried the So Delicious coconut milk. It was a little too thick for me. I’ll have to try Silk’s. 🙂

    …however, I’ll eat cheese (love my pizza!) and I’m a sucker for the DIY frozen yogurt places. 🙂

  • Dana October 13, 2011, 1:31 pm

    i love your thought of the day… so true!

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) October 13, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I miss strawberries. 🙁 I haven’t had them since the summer!!!

  • Lisa @ Fit in the Midwest October 13, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Ooh, that milk sounds yummy! Thanks for the review. I’m definitely going to be on the lookout for it next time I go grocery shopping.

  • katie @ KatieDid October 13, 2011, 1:55 pm

    The coconut milk has good fat though, so I think its a bit more satiating than almond or rice milk. I haven’t tried that brand yet though, but it sounds good!

  • Rachel October 13, 2011, 1:55 pm

    I don’t know if anyone has already mentioned it, but LOTS of people around the Knoxville area are repairing their roofs because of the storms last spring, and on the news recently they discussed people getting flat tires from roofing nails. I wonder if when you hit the curb if there were any nails around it? I live in Knoxville, and have become super paranoid about getting a flat tire because about 5 people in my neighborhood are getting new roofs!

    • Jennifer October 13, 2011, 1:57 pm

      I’m in Knoxville too. My husbad got a flat tire a few weeks ago because of a roofing nail!

      • Kelly October 13, 2011, 5:19 pm

        I’m in Knoxville also — and I’m wondering why we didn’t try to set up a meet-up with Caitlin while she was here!

        • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 9:00 am

          Aw we should’ve done something!!!

          I wish I could blame this on the roofing drama but I DEFINITELY hit a curb LOL!

  • Staci October 13, 2011, 1:57 pm

    I am obsessed with Coconut milk. Its delicious (more like a treat)!

    Sorry you got stuck in TN. But … more momHTP time!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel October 13, 2011, 2:57 pm

    Very cool bowl. Perfect for slirping milk 🙂

  • Vanessa (@IsleStyleLiving) October 13, 2011, 3:10 pm

    I love almond milk!

    I’m not a vegetarian, but won’t drink cow’s milk. It grosses me out… but hey, I have no problem with cheese, yogurt, or ice cream!

    I’ve always wanted to try coconut milk…hmmmm, maybe at the next grocery store trip I’ll have to pick some up!

  • Jess October 13, 2011, 3:21 pm

    Aww, sorry Tennessee’s not putting on a better weather-face for your time here. I’m in West Tennessee, and right now it’s doing the “Summer!Fall!Winter!Fall!Guess what season I am now! Too late, I changed again!” dance. Tennessee weather has a warped sense of humor.

  • Therese October 13, 2011, 4:45 pm

    I’m not a huge fan of that brand (not sure why) but I LOVE the taste of So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk. It’s the only non-dairy milk I’ll eat on cold cereal!

  • Kelly October 13, 2011, 5:18 pm

    I’m in Knoxville also — and I’m wondering why we didn’t try to set up a meet-up with Caitlin while she was here!

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 9:01 am

      We should’ve gotten together and gone to Tomato Head!

      • Kelly October 14, 2011, 1:11 pm

        I do love Tomato Head!

        Looks like you have several Knoxville readers, so maybe a meet-up is in order next time you’re in town and have some time! 🙂

  • Cassie October 13, 2011, 7:10 pm

    You should have headed out for the Lululemon Group Run in Knoxville this evening!

  • Kristin October 13, 2011, 8:28 pm

    okay i’m dying to try that coconut milk now!!!! 🙂 YUM!

  • Penny October 13, 2011, 11:45 pm

    I love that bowl!
    I’m a big fan of Silk coconut milk too. 🙂

  • Aundra | Fit for Life October 14, 2011, 2:13 am

    Just a comment on the cow’s milk – I understand your argument for not drinking it. But here’s mine: raw cow’s milk (from a grass-fed cow, not grain-fed) is real and pure. Milk from almonds, coconuts, other sources are synthetic, made with additives, sometimes mixed with soy (which isn’t good for the digestive system) and processed. On the same note, the cow’s milk found in stores is also processed, homogenized, pasteurized and can be equated to sugar water with a few added manufactured vitamins.

    I agree with you that milk falls into a gray area. We probably shouldn’t be drinking another animal’s milk. But with the alternatives, if I want to drink milk, I drink raw cow’s milk. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s full of healthy and natural fats, vitamins, minerals, protein, and, most importantly, it’s full of beneficial bacteria that helps the digestive system.

    • Caitlin October 14, 2011, 9:02 am

      that is a very good argument for drinking cow’s milk, i agree!

  • maria @ Chasing the Now October 14, 2011, 10:03 am

    Trader Joe’s has a coconut milk that is great, too.

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