My friend Sam got me hooked on coconut oil awhile ago. It never occurred to me that it was pretty much like using any other nut or seed oil. I thought maybe it was a hippy thing (the amusing part being if you look around my house you’d probably call ME a “hippy” for the stuff I buy or eat). I won’t say I’ve jumped on the insane coconut oil bandwagon using it for every little thing, but I can offer a few suggestions of uses for this lovely fragrant oil.
1. Baking — you can use it to replace any oil in a baking recipe. If you’re a weirdo like me, you’ll even be able to taste the subtle coconut flavor which kicks up any sweet about three hundred notches. At least in my world. As an example, take a gander at my homemade granola bar recipe.
2. Moisturizer — ok, so I have a whole ‘nother post rattling around in my brain about using different oils for different skin types, yadda yadda. Don’t put this on your face. It does wonders for hands, dry feet, legs, anywhere but your face. Simply because I don’t want you coming back to me saying it made your face explode like it did mine when I tried it many moons ago. I found it really helped with my nasty dry feet.
3. Frying — this makes rockin’ popcorn, and is suitable for any other frying task, savory or sweet. It has a high smoke point, so it’s very versatile.
4. In your coffee/tea — I like coconut oil just as a way to kick my energy up. A teaspoon dissolved in your morning coffee or tea will do the trick. DO NOT GO OVERBOARD and think you’re a coconut oil pro - or you will end up in the bathroom cursing everything.
5. For mommy & daddy time — I don’t think this requires an explanation. The only downside with coconut oil is that you can’t use it with latex condoms because oil degrades latex. Otherwise, have fun you two.
* I am not a doctor, I only play one on the internet. Don’t sue me for taking my advice and having it end badly.
I was recently sent some virgin coconut oil from Tropical Traditions to try out. Their high grade virgin coconut oil is USDA certified organic, and produced on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconuts are hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world!
No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. This high-grade virgin coconut oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties. Great stuff!
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