5 easy ways to use cacao nibs

I picked up these cacao nibs in Holland and Barratts (£7.99) where you can currently get one half price when you buy two (I gave a bag to Stephanie Fleming for Christmas if you’re wondering!).

What do you think of cacao nibs? Too bitter? Or an awesome sugar-friendly chocolate hit? Let me know in a comment below.

Laura xx

Review: CO YO coconut milk yoghurt

It’s always exciting to try a new healthy product, so when I took a leisurely break to Piccadilly Wholefoods Store last week, I decided to treat myself to a product I’d had on my low sugar radar for a while – A CO YO coconut milk yoghurt.

 

Let’s start with the facts…

  • dairy free
  • soya free
  • gluten free
  • lactose free
  • no added sugar

Understandably you might be asking what on earth has this yoghurt got in it at this point? Well, it’s nearly all natural coconut milk with a little bit of Xylitol sweetener.

If you haven’t noticed coconut is doing the rounds as the latest health food godsend.

I’ve already written about coconut oil and its various benefits. There’s coconut water springing up all over the place which it seems half the celeb world is endorsing. Skin like Rhianna and Miranda Kerr – err yes please!

Needless to say it’s packed with goodness. Picking just a few of the benefits it:

  • Improves immune system
  • Promotes glossy skin, hair and nails celeb style
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Speeds up metabolism and can support weight loss

Personally however, my favourite thing about all things coconut is that they taste naturally sweet and are truly great if you’re looking to cut back on sugar. They’re savoir when you need to satisfy that urge because they feel rich and indulgent.

The verdict

So what does the CO YO yoghurt taste like? I can confirm it’s super creamy, it feels gorgeously smooth and as long as you don’t hate coconut tasting stuff, you’ll like the flavour. It seemed to disappear out of its pot quite fast and I thoroughly enjoyed every mouthful.

I think it’s important to point out the CO YO coconut yoghurt is high in fat with over 20g and comes in just over 200 calories per pot. That appears a lofty amount, but it’s a healthier natural fat and makes this a real tasty ‘treat’ yoghurt that is still sugar free.

They’re not super cheap at £1.99 and are only stocked in limited places (Ocado, Selfridges, Wholefoods and other specialist stores), so granted, these aren’t going to be a daily staple.

If you’re passing by then pick one up to try instead of an unhealthy treat i.e. a cupcake which is likely to cost you more than £1.99 anyway.

Also, make sure you’re subscribed to the Happy Sugar Habits mailing list because in addition to a weekly sugar busting tip, there are soon to be lots of other exciting things coming my subscribers’ way.

Fancy trying a CO YO yoghurt or have you already? Or are you put off by the high fat and calories? As always, open to your opinions, questions or thoughts. If you don’t want all to see, feel free to send me an e-mail to laura@happysugarhabits.com. You will likely make my day!