Coconut Oil has taken the health world by storm in the time that I have been interested in all things whole food. I love using it to cook with…my roasted sweet potato with coconut oil and maple syrup is divine and I love to gently caramelise fennel in it with a little maple syrup too…with a bit of goat cheese and rocket it makes an amazing topping for pizza.
Coconut Oil is so packed full of amazing health benefits, I thought it would be best to leave it to someone who really knows their stuff when it comes to healthy eating…
Introducing Meg, from My Wholefood Romance. Meg and I share a love for all things delicious and good for you, including Jude Blereau’s cakes! If you haven’t already checked out Meg’s blog, My Wholefood Romance, do! It has so much useful information and some amazing recipes too. You can also catch her for a chat on facebook.
So…getting back to Coconut Oil…
Coconut Oil, is it the new black?
So what is the buzz about coconut oil? The general low down is that it’s a super fantastic food, that just happens to have a swag of amazing talents. Call it a superfood if you will. I call it love. And here’s why.
It’s a medium chain fatty acid, which means our body can metabolise it in the gut and convert it to use immediately for energy, rather than storing it as fat. It also helps stimulate metabolism. In this way it can be useful for weight management and insulin resistance. Awesome!
The way that it is metabolised also makes it ideal for anyone with digestive disorders, or difficulty digesting fat. Great!
It has a high smoke point, and does not go rancid at high temperatures as other cooking oils do. Fantastic!
It contains lauric acid and caprylic acid, which are antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral; supporting our immune system in its humungous tasks. Super!
It is an amazing dairy substitute for those on a dairy-free diet, and can be used in place of butter in most recipes. Score!
Meg’s Chocolate Ganache filled Coconut Almond Cookies…divine!
It is beautifully hydrating for the skin and helps to keep connective tissues strong. Think less irritation and redness, and theoretically can help reduce fine lines…ok now I am sounding like a TV commercial, but I’m just saying…
Convinced? Me too. So where do you get it and how do you use it?
Go for an organic, unrefined and cold pressed coconut oil. You would be best to find this at your local health food shop. I really like the Loving Earth stuff. If you have not used coconut oil before, start with about a teaspoon daily, and work your way up to anywhere between 1 and 3 tablespoons so as not to experience any digestive disturbance (read diarrhoea!).
And here are my favourite ways of using it.
I am a huge fan of green smoothies. Add a tablespoon of coconut oil to your next one (or any other smoothie) and watch it sing!
Use it for all your high heat cooking. Stir frys, sautéing, baking, you get the idea. My personal favourites are tempeh lightly fried in coconut oil, and good old roast potatoes in coconut oil – YUM! Oh, and this popcorn.
Add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your favourite tea. It sounds weird, but it’s so lovely! It gives a slight sweetness to it, along with the nourishing feeling of a nice fat.
Use it on your body. As a moisturiser, an overnight hair treatment, or even a make up remover or deoderant if you’re game. It’s wonderful for skin conditions like psoriasis or eczema, and also makes a great natural lubricant! Who knew!!
So there you have it. The humble coconut showing us how it’s done. If you want to bake with it, just keep in mind that it is solid at room temperature. This is fine for when things are in the oven, but it will constrict again once cool, and can slightly change the texture of your cake. The taste is amazing though! And for the most coconut oil-y recipe I could find check out these Chocolate Ganache Filled Coconut Biscuits – you will not be disappointed!
Thanks for having me Mamacino! x
It’s my pleasure Meg!
So…what is your favourite way to use Coconut Oil? Share your ideas and tips with us, we all want to know what works for you!