If you are a health foodie like me, you probably already know about the health benefits of Coconut. It is such a beautiful food. As with any whole food, consuming all parts of the coconut in its most natural state is going to provide your body with the most benefit. Most of us do not live in a region where young, green coconuts flourish naturally. The next best option is to use a full spectrum of coconut products.
Unrefined coconut oil is a living food and one of the healthiest sources of fat mother nature has to offer. Medium chain fatty acids plus the power of Lauric Acid, make it especially unique. It’s converted to energy through the liver instead of being stored as fat like refined oils. Its antimicrobial properties help fight infections as well as to restore proper pH inside and outside the body.
Coconut water is the probiotic rich liquid offering the same electrolyte balance as human blood plasma. In fact, the water has served in times of war as blood transfusions for wounded soldiers. It is so hydrating, it is the only beverage I recommend for intense exercise other than water.
Coconut milk is made when fresh grated coconut is squeezed through cheese cloth. Oftentimes, the flesh is soaked in warm water for a second or third press. Coconut milk’s viscosity can vary. Avoid cans, as many brands add chemical stabilizers. Opt instead for what can be found in the carton. Unsweetened coconut milk is a great substitute for milk and other diary products.
And don’t forget about coconut meat. It’s a balancing snack choice with lots of protein. If you buy shredded coconut always try to select unsweetened coconut. Coconut is a tropical food, which means it comes with plenty of sugar naturally.
Explore the greatness of coconut with some of these great ideas!
Cinnamon Toast-A superfood upgrade! Mix 1 tablespooon of raw cacao powder with 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon and 1/8 teaspoon of stevia granules (optional). Spread 1/2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil onto 1 piece of sprouted grain toast and sprinkle cinnamon mixture on top.
Scramble Eggs-The first way I ever tried coconut oil was by adding it the pan instead of butter when scrambling eggs. May sound strange at first but it’s fantastic!
Coconut Kefir Water– So easy! Your local health food store has kefir starter. You can also order some online. Just add the starter to coconut water or milk. Cover opening with a paper-towel and rubber-band and leave it at room temperature in a dark place for 2 days. Shake, cap and chill. This is a great drink on its own but can also be used to spike smoothies, and protein shakes.
Make Your Own Lip Balm–Melt 2:2 ratio of beeswax to coconut oil over low heat in a non-aluminum pan. Add 5 drops of your favorite essential oil. Pour into a container of choice and let it set until solid.
Make The Best Deodorant Ever- 1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, 1/4 of a cup baking soda, 1/4 of a cup cornstarch. Melt oil and whisk in enough of the remaining ingredients to reach the consistency of toothpaste. Add in 10-20 drops essential oils (I use lemon). Spoon into an empty container of stick-deodorant and park in the fridge until solid. Works better than anything I have ever bought.
Oil Pulling–This is an ancient Ayurvedic detoxifying treatment that really works for fighting toothaches, neutralizing infectious bacteria in the mouth, and keeping teeth squeaky clean. Swish with 1/2 tablespoon of virgin coconut oil for 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning (before drinking water, brushing teeth, etc). Make sure not to swallow it.