Superfood Spotlight: Coconut Oil

Who doesn’t love coconut? I certainly do and was pretty freakin’ excited to find out how healthy it is! While there are many ways to reap the amazing benefits of the coconut, (shredded, coconut water etc.) coconut oil is one of the best.

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It is extracted from the meat of matured coconuts and is one of the healthiest oils out there. With societies crazy “no-fat” craze, coconut oil received a bad rap for being high in saturated fat, when in reality these all natural fatty acids are extremely beneficial to our bodies. They increase circulation and our metabolic rate, which gives us more energy and brain function, decrease the risk of heart disease, and heal viruses.

The healing properties of coconut oil go on and on from cancer prevention to simply helping an earache, but I was most excited to discover they benefit digestion. I suffer from stomach problems and have many friends who also struggle with this, so having a natural method of relief is so great!

If you aren’t familiar with coconut oil, here’s how you can start using it:
-Cook with it! Replace your olive oil or butter in cooking with coconut oil.
-Use it as a sweetener in your coffee or tea. Ditch the processed sugar!
-Use coconut oil instead of butter on bread or anything else!
-Put it in your smoothie.

Not only is it healthy, but it hydrates the hair and is amazing for your skin. I get horrible eczema on my arms and hate using creams that are full of chemicals, so tried coconut oil and have had better results than any cream.

Finally, if possible buy organic and fair-trade! It’s better for your health and for the farmers who work so hard for you to enjoy their wonderful product!

What’s your favourite use for coconut oil?

Strawberry Overload

It’s strawberry season and I’ve been picking like a madwoman! Since the moment my last exam finished I’ve been looking forward to one of the best parts of summer-strawberry picking! I went at last on Sunday and picked a ridiculous amount.
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Since me and family couldn’t possibly eat all of them, my mom decided to make a delicious, SUPER healthy, grain-free strawberry crisp and I just needed to share the recipe. So, here it is:

Strawberry Crisp:
Ingredients:
-4 cups fresh strawberries (blueberries would probably also work great)
-1/2 t. cinnamon
-1/2 teaspoon sea salt
-1/4 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup almond flour
-1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
-1 cup cashews (or any nut of choice)
-1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
-1/4 cup raw honey
Instructions:
1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Wash strawberries and place them in baking dish. Sprinkle the cinnamon on top.
3. Mix almond flour, sea salt and baking soda in a large bowl. Mix in the shredded coconut and cashews.
4. Melt coconut oil in a small pan over low heat, and add honey until it’s slightly melted (only enough for it to mix in).
5. Stir your melted mixture with the almond flour mixture, then pour the entire mixture over the strawberries.
6. Bake for roughly 30 minutes or until topping is golden brown.
7. Cut into squares and enjoy!
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I’m well aware that the whipped cream was not so healthy, but it was necessary!
Happy eating!!