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Organic Cold Pressed Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is back in favour and the world of nutrition has at last embraced this tropical fruit with open arms. From weight loss benefits to protecting your immune system here are some fabulous reasons why coconut oil has become the king of the oils and also has some great uses.

Perfect for cooking

It is heat stable oil-  so its safe oil to cook with and doesn’t form harmful trans fatty acids when exposed to very high temperatures. The most beneficial grade of coconut is organic virgin oil so if you’re preparing recipes that require high temperatures you should consider coconut oil for this type of cooking.

Controls your weight

One 2009 study looked at the weight loss link between women’s consumption of coconut oil and found that it reduces abdominal obesity. Researchers discovered coconut oil is easy to digest and also protects the body from insulin resistance. To try coconut oil for weight loss start by adding one teaspoon to your diet and gradually work your way up to four teaspoons per day.

Eases digestion and bloating

If you suffer from poor digestion or tummy bloating try adding coconut oil to your diet. Coconut oil has been found to benefit digestive disorders including irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. Fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria, candida, or parasites that cause poor digestion.

Boosts your metabolism

It also increases you metabolic rate as it is made up of medium chain saturated fatty acids (MCFAs) that your body can process very quickly rather than storing them as fat. A study reported in the Journal of Nutrition found that participants who consumed two tablespoons of coconut oil per day burned more kilojoules than those who consumed less. A speedy metabolism helps boost the body’s immune system and keep weight off.

Supports your immune system

Coconut oil is made up of healthy fats lauric acid, caprylic acid and capric acid, which contain antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral prosperities to boost the immune system. Lauric acid contains the highest concentration of MCFAs fatty acids, approximately 75 per cent. The body turn this fat into monolaurin which is claimed to help heal viruses.

Stops those afternoon sugar cravings

Instead of reaching for the lolly or cookie jar for an afternoon sweet hit, try eating a teaspoon of virgin coconut oil to beat sugar cravings. This is because good quality fat is more satiating than carbs, so if you cut down on sugar you will feel less ‘ravenous’ and craving sugar or sweets. Most of us do not realize but constant hunger is a major clue that your body is not being fed correctly.  With the proper amounts of fats and protein, you can fuel your energy reserves properly, and come off the sugar roller coaster that many of us are on.

Glowing skin

Coconut is not just for your cooking – it’s a wonderfully hydrating treat for skin too. It keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong, which prevents sagging and wrinkles. Apply coconut oil directly to your skin to soften the appearance of fine lines or use it daily on your face and body for a healthy glow. Be sure you use an organic extra virgin coconut oil with no additives like ours. If it hardens during colder weather simply rub between your hands to warm it up and soften before rubbing into your skin.

This stuff is so seriously good for you! You can consume between 1-4 tablespoons a day (as part of a snack – see our recipes here) or from the jar. You can freely use it in your cooking where you would normally use oil or a fat.

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Raw Chocolate made with Organic Coconut Oil

Raw Chocolates! All you need is equal parts melted extra virgin cold pressed organic coconut oil {make sure it’s the high integrity as it has far more health benefits that are preserved in extraction process} and equal parts cacao powder & melted cacao butter (we have given specific quantities above as guide but make as much or as little as you like). Add sweetener to taste as well as the Cocotella and whisk together then add a tiny pinch of sea salt.

You can also add lots of ingredients for variations if you wish: almond and orange rind, any kind of nuts, cacao nibs if you like crunch, essential oils like peppermint or mint – so many options and is great to make with the kids too! Store in freezer and enjoy when you need a clean and yummy chocolate hit.

This decadent Panna Cotta recipe is not only low in fat but is perfect for vegans as it is made with our very own banana flavoured Coconut Milk.

METHOD:  

Mix gelatine with a small amount of milk until dissolved. Pour mixture into a saucepan with remainder of the milk.

Stir until simmering. Pour into greased moulds and allow to set then top with @pipsrealfood Cocoa and Hazelnut Crunch, your choice of fruit and nuts and a drizzle of Carob syrup. 

Recipe and photo via @aktivliving. 

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Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins with Strawberries

Healthy Gluten Free Breakfast Muffins with strawberries have no Refined Sugar. They are completely Gluten-free, and Dairy Free Muffins. Can these little guys get any healthier? They are the perfect on the go breakfast, that is both nourishing and delicious!!

About Shelley Judge

Shelly is a passionate foodie, amateur photographer and nutrition nut! She studied a Bachelor of Food Science and Nutrition and a Masters in Public Health Nutrition. As a Food Revolution Ambassador for the Jamie Oliver Food Revolution. In her own words…

My love for food sprouted from the day I began cooking alongside my mother at the ripe age of 3. Now I want to use my knowledge in nutrition to share the message of health and educate others about the importance of a healthy relationship with food – yes that means I eat cake.

I love working with kids and believe that is the starting point for living a healthy lifestyle. Through this love, I founded Healthy School Lunches, a program to inspire both Schools and Parents to educate their children on the benefits of healthy eating, and teach them the basics of cooking!

A Statement from Shelley Judge

This recipe was created by the lovely shelleys good eats website. Follow her on instagram for more food inspiration @shelleysgoodeats