I am officially addicted! Coconut is something I eat everyday and can't seem to get enough of it! When you have a limited food list that you can eat from and find something you love, you will eat it…ALOT! Or at least I do :)
- my almond milk has been replaced with coconut milk
- coconut flour is now my 'grain' of choice
- coconut oil for all my cooking and baking
- I drink coconut water after my intense workouts to replenish my electrolytes
- the base of many treats are coconut flakes ground into coconut cream
- I use coconut oil in oil pulling and as a make up remover
Coconut oil is a saturated fat, which we have all been told for years to avoid or eat in small amounts. Well, coconut oil is different. It contains different fatty acids than most saturated fats do. Coconut oil contains medium chain triglycerides, which get broken down easier in your body and make you feel fuller quicker. There's talk about it helping weight loss but I am more excited about anything that my body can breakdown with ease.
Here are some other things coconut oil is great for:
- antioxidant, anti-fungul and antibacterial
- hair mask to moisten dried out brittle hair
- skin moisturizer for face and body
- lubricant - all natural and no chemicals ;)
- help heal sunburns quicker
- increase energy
And because I know you love recipes, here are a few of my favourites:
*toasted coconut butter cups from Coconut Momma - I have used sesame butter and peanut butter as I am highly sensitive to almonds
*blueberry honey coconut cups from PaleOMG - I substituted 2 dates for the honey by blended them in the mixer and added to the blueberries
And when you are feeling like you need a bit of chocolate try these:
Raw Chocolate Macaroons
**note - I make these by dumping in ingredients and not really measuring so you may need to adjust a bit.
- 2 heaping tablespoons of cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 cup of coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon of honey ( add more if you want it sweeter)
- 1 tsp of vanilla
Mix all ingredients in the bowl. Either roll into balls or as I like them more messy, place a spoon full on wax paper or muffin tin liners and place in fridge, or freezer if you are like me and can't wait for an hour.
How do you use coconut??