The Benefits of Coconut Oil

I can honestly say that I used to be afraid of fat. I bought low-fat everything and avoided all foods with high amounts of fat in them. Since doing the Whole 30 last year (you can buy the book here), I have come to love including fats in my diet. When I say fats though, I mean healthy fats like coconut, olive or avocado oils, avocados and whole eggs. My favourite cooking fat is definitely coconut oil  and I use it several times a day. The number one benefit that I noticed when adding healthy fats to my diet was my increase in energy. While I have always been a very active person, now I feel as though I have more energy for daily activities and exercise.

When cooking or baking these days, I always use coconut oil to replace any unhealthy fats that are called for in a recipe. Some of my favourite foods cooked with coconut oil would have to be fried eggs, zucchini or sweet potato noodles, bok choy, and plantain chips. You can also use coconut oil in baked goods, simply swapping it for the vegetable oil, butter or whatever the recipe suggests. At Christmas last year, I made a super yummy coconut oil fudge that is great if you have a sweet tooth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last fall, I tried drinking bulletproof coffee, which is coffee blended with coconut oil, grass-fed butter and any natural flavourings that you choose.  While I enjoyed the coffee, (it was a bit frothy after being in the blender and was almost like a Starbucks treat), I love my breakfast foods too much to just have coffee. It is very rare for me to go a day without my eggs in the morning!

Outside of the kitchen, coconut oil also has a lot of other benefits. It is a wonderful moisturizer and I use it as an eye cream at night. This oil is also great for removing makeup and for an intense hair treatment. I actually use a bit of coconut oil to tame my frizzy hair, but I learned the hard way not to use too much! It smooths my hair and leaves it soft. You can also use it to sooth bug bites and sunburns, or as a natural sunscreen (although it does have a very low SPF).

At our house, even the dog gets coconut oil. We put a tablespoon on his food twice a day to help with his dry skin and digestion and also apply it topically to any cuts or irritations.

Coconut oil has many other benefits as well as increased energy including improved digestion, improved memory, and assisting in weight loss. Give it a try, your body will thank you!

 

 

 

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