Season it up with coconut aminos

Pumping up the flavor of your meals with fresh herbs, spices and vinegar not only tastes good: these flavor-enhancers also contain a ton of micronutrients that help fine-tune your metabolism, aid digestion and reduce inflammation. One of my favorite seasonings is coconut aminos. You can use coconut aminos as you would soy sauce: in stir-fries, salad dressings, soups, and marinades. But unlike soy sauce, coconut aminos are entirely soy-free and gluten-free.

On the Fast Metabolism Diet, everything you eat has high nutritional value. Coconut aminos are no exception.

Healthier than soy sauce

Coconut aminos are a naturally fermented sauce made from sea salt and the sap of coconut palm trees. It’s rich in minerals and contains more amino acids than you’ll find in any soy sauce. It takes 20 amino acids to create the type of “complete protein” you get from eating meat; coconut aminos usually have around 17. Each amino acid performs a specific function inside your body, from regulating hormones to busting stress and balancing blood glucose.

Coconut aminos are also not genetically modified (GMO), and they’re not heat treated, so they remain a raw food full of active enzymes to help you break food down into energy. They’re naturally gluten-free — although if you’re critically sensitive to gluten, you’ll want to find a brand that is bottled in a certified gluten-free facility.

You can use coconut aminos interchangeably with soy sauce or tamari in recipes. It can be used on any phase of the Fast Metabolism Diet. Check any health food store or supermarket to find it. One of my favorite brands is Coconut Secret Coconut Aminos.

Asian Salad Dressing or Marinade

Prep time: 10 minutes
Phase 1, 2 or 3

¼ cup coconut aminos
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon crushed peeled fresh ginger

Blend, whisk or shake all ingredients together. Drizzle over salad greens, cooked or raw veggies, or over brown rice. You can also use this sauce as an easy marinade for poultry or fish.