Coconut oil can be used in so many incredible ways for beauty and personal care, but the list doesn't stop there. This wonder of an oil will surely continue to amaze you with its varying uses in the kitchen. No doubt, coconut oil is a true superfood!
Here are four ways you can include coconut oil in your diet so that you can enjoy healthier food that's yummy as well.
Creamer for your coffee
It may sound weird, but coconut oil is actually a good dairy-free alternative for cold milk or cream. It won't dilute the flavor of your coffee or cool down your hot cuppa, unlike what cold milk usually does. Moreover, coconut oil can help boost your metabolism too.
Carly of Modern Hippie Health & Wellness explains through her blog the health benefits of coconut oil and shares a recipe for making your own coconut oil creamer. The ingredients include:
- 3/4 cup organic coconut oil
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 1 tsp organic cinnamon powder
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp organic cocoa powder
You only need to combine all of these ingredients and stir until they're well mixed. Ensure that the coconut oil you're going to use is soft and not melted, though. Store the finished product in a glass jar and make sure the lid is sealed properly. There's no need to refrigerate your coconut oil creamer because it won't spoil.
Coconut oil is also a great ingredient for refreshing drinks such as smoothies. Elizabeth Rider, a certified health coach and wellness expert, posts on her blog a delicious recipe of Strawberry, Banana, and Coconut Oil Smoothie.
To make one serving, prepare the following ingredients:
- 16 oz purified water
- 3/4 cup strawberries, fresh or frozen
- 1 small banana, frozen
- 1 tsp raw extra virgin coconut oil
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder
- handful of ice
Blend all the ingredients in a high-speed blender until the mixture is smooth. This usually takes about 60 seconds. Easy peasy, right?
Make your very own energy bites with coconut oil and always have a stash of healthy snacks within reach. Simply mix peanut butter, oats, honey, and of course coconut oil — viola! You've got yourself a yummy treat.
Cooking and baking
Coconut oil can be used to season your work and mainly for stir fry cooking. You can also use it as a non-dairy alternative to butter and other common cooking oils. If you're into baking, coconut oil will certainly have a place in your cupboard too.
Tina of the Mother's Niche blog can give you tons of ideas on how you can insert coconut oil in your recipes — cookies, brownies, waffles and pancakes, muffins, biscuits, pudding, and so many more.