For the very first Organics.org review, I’ve chosen to go with one of my favorite organic spreads. I used to love cream cheese, and that’s what I would use in the morning. That is, until I learned it is full of calories from fat. And today I’m dairy-free (I’ll tell you why in a later post), so cream cheese isn’t an option anymore. While browsing through the organic section at the local supermarket, I stumbled upon “Organic Coconut Spread” made by Earth Balance. Never particularly cared for coconut flavors, but I thought I’d give it a shot.
Upon tasting the spread on some homemade bread, I found the coconut taste overwhelming. My taste buds haven’t sensed “this much” coconut flavor before. But the next day, I gave it a shot again. And it was love at second taste. The coconut flavor had diminished, to the point where it was just a perfect hint of coconut. The best comparison I could make for the flavor would be butter, but with harder and smoother texture, and a tiny coconut zing to it.
Where to buy it:
Whole Foods, Dean’s Market.
What to use it with:
If you are constantly craving butter or cream cheese, this is a much healthier alternative. Now, I’m not saying to go wild with the coconut spread, but in moderation, it’s a wonderful and healthy alternative. You can use it anywhere you would use butter or cream cheese on. I prefer to use it on my homemade bread, or some organic crispbread.
Serving Size: 1 Tbsp (14g):
Calories from Fat: 100
Total Fat 11g
- Sat Fat 5g (25% DV)
- Trans Fat 0g
- Polyunsat Fat 1.5g
- Monosat Fat 4g
Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV)
Sodium 70mg (3% DV)
Total Carb 0g (0% DV)
It still has a lot of fat since it contains oil, but it comes from organic ingredients. And not all fat is unhealthy fat. It contains coconut oil, which by itself has a ton of health benefits. But obviously you should not over indulge yourself with this.
Earth Balance Coconut Spread Ingredients:
-Tropical Oil Blend (extra virgin coconut*, palm fruit*, and coconut* oils)
-Lactic Acid (Non-Dairy)
If you have already researched and understood why it’s important to avoid dairy products or simply want to try something different, this is a great alternative. While it still has a lot of fat and calories, it contains higher quality ingredients. It tastes amazing. If you use it in moderation, I highly recommend Earth Balance Coconut Spread.