Coconut Aminos – The Secret Dressing

If you’re like me, you enjoy your entree with a nice sauce or dressing. I tend to always lean to the same few items. These 3 things are staples in my diet and I incorporate them in pretty much every meal:

  1. Olive Oil– Healthy fats and high levels of tocopherols (a potent antioxidant). Olive oil and some sea salt can make anything taste good.
  2. Frank’s Hot Sauce– This has been a part of my diet since I was probably 6 years old. The Bivens household would be in shambles if there was a day that my Mom didn’t have Frank’s in the refrigerator.
  3. Avocado Oil– Love this because it’s mild in taste and pairs really well with Frank’s. Also, it’s another easy way to add great fats to your meal.

 

While all 3 of these toppings are great and delicious, it can get kind of old using the same ingredients for dinner every night. So I set out to find another dressing that I could add to my weekly rotation.

At the time, I was trying to think of something different so I could excite my palate on a nightly basis. The first thing that came to mind was Soy Sauce. I love sushi and I’ve always enjoyed soy sauce. Perfect!

After taking a deeper dive into the nutritional background of soy sauce I came to realize that it doesn’t provide much benefit for you at all. In fact, it can actually be a detriment to your diet if you use it too often.

Luckily, I came across a soy sauce substitute that can replicate the taste, but actually provide something beneficial to me. The secret sauce is called Coconut Aminos.

Rather than writing a long paragraph about the advantages of Coconut Aminos compared to soy sauce, I’d rather just give you some bullet points.

Soy Sauce

How It’s Made:

  • Soybean meal goes through a process of heating that defats the soy proteins with hydrochloric acid. The result is a dark brown liquid.
  • During the heating process, an unnatural form of glutamic acid is created which resembles that found in MSG
  • Modern soy sauces also contain dangerous levels of chemicals known as chloropropanols.

Nutritional Profile:

  • 1 TBSP
    • 9 Calories
    • 879mg Sodium

 

Coconut Aminos

How It’s Made:

  • As you can probably guess, it is made from coconuts. Although it’s not made from the coconut meat. It’s actually derived from the vitamin-rich sap that blossoms from the tree.
  • Created from coconut trees using bamboo tubes connected to the flowers’ stems. The nectar is collected in small batches to ensure all the rich enzymes remain alive, and then it’s aged and mixed with sun-dried, mineral-rich sea salt, which produces the distinct taste. After the sap is extracted, it is left untouched, which keeps it safe from any conversion into harmful neurotoxins. The result is a raw, vegan-friendly, paleo friendly, gluten-free, and soy-free condiment.

Nutritional  Profile:

  • 1 TBSP
    • 15 Calories
    • 339mg of Sodium
    • Of the 20 essential amino acids our bodies need to function, coconut aminos provide 17 of them. We need amino acids to grow muscle, so this can actually be a great addition to any diet to help recover and get stronger.

 

I used the word ‘secret’ to describe Coconut Aminos only because it took me a little while to actually find it in a grocery store. I checked Ralph’s (the Meijer of the west coast), Trader Joe’s, and Von’s and no luck with all 3. Finally, I was able to find a this gem at the Whole Foods by me in Santa Monica. It’s actually located right next to all the soy sauce selections.

So next time you’re looking for a salty dressing or need to switch it up, go for the coconut aminos and give yourself something that will actually help provide a boost to your body.

 

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