Hungry Girl Goes... Crazy for Coconut!

Coconut is getting a lot of buzz these days... probably 'cuz it rocks! Check out my favorite ways to enjoy coconut without going overboard...
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Taste Nirvana Real Coco Aloe
There are lots of coconut waters out there — some are good, and some are really pretty awful. This unique bottled beverage is great. Don't let the aloe part scare you... It's really good for you and adds extra fiber! If you're still hesitant, the company makes plain coconut water that's also tasty. Sip, smile, repeat.
Each 9.5-oz. bottle has 70 calories, 0g fat, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus® value of 2.

So Delicious Coconut Milk Creamer
I've been a fan of this brand's Unsweetened Coconut Milk Beverage for a while now — it's a great dairy-free milk swap (super creamy and delicious). But I just recently discovered its coffee creamer. In Original, French Vanilla, and Hazelnut, this is an awesome alternative to fat-free half & half. Just use a measuring spoon to avoid over-pouring...
Each 1-tbsp. serving has 10 - 20 calories, 0g fat, 1 - 4g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 0.

CocoZona 100% Pure Coconut Water with Espresso
You must give this stuff a try, no matter how weird you think it sounds... It is so good. Oddly, it tastes a little like Yoo-hoo, but it has a caffeinated kick and good-for-you electrolytes. And it's a great iced-coffee swap! Grab a bottle when you're on the go.
Each 14.5-oz. bottle has 70 calories, 0g fat, 18g carbs, 0g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 2.

Rickland Orchards Toasted Coconut Greek Yogurt Bar
If you love anything with coconut shreds, but don't want to consume tons of fatty calories, this all-natural bar is for you! It's packed with delicious coconut flavor and lots of protein (thanks to Greek yogurt). That's right — it's a shelf-stable bar, but it has a layer of Greek yogurt on the bottom (like the coating on yogurt-covered raisins) and yogurt squiggles on top. Wowzers! Although I love the entire line of bars, this one's my favorite.
Each bar has 170 calories, 10g fat, 19g carbs, 5g fiber, 7g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 5.

Luna Bar Chocolate Dipped Coconut
This is a bar after my own heart. It's loaded with nutrients that women need, and it also happens to taste like a decadent candy bar (but one that'll actually fill you up — look at all that protein!). Go, Luna!
Each bar has 190 calories, 7g fat, 25g carbs, 3g fiber, 9g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 5.

Blue Diamond Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Coconut Breeze
Anyone who knows me knows that I'm obsessed with Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Breeze, so it's no surprise that I fell in love with this new addition to the Blue Diamond family. This non-dairy milk swap is rich, creamy, and super impressive in the stats department. Vanilla + almond + coconut = head-exploding awesomeness!
Each 1-cup serving has 45 calories, 3.5g fat, 2g carbs, 1g fiber, 1g protein, and a PointsPlus value of 1.

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