“Mommy, do you want some coffee?” (My 4-year old daughter, holding her toy tea cup)
Me: “Sure! What did you put in it?” (because she knows I don’t drink my coffee black)
My daughter (smiling): “Coconut oil!”
That’s a true story. And, that conversation has taken place (just as stated above) on multiple occasions. But, don’t blame my daughter… I started adding about a tablespoon of coconut oil to my coffee when I was working on losing the last few lingering pregnancy pounds a few months ago. Apparently, taking 3-4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day (one tablespoon before each meal) helps boost metabolism to burn more calories throughout the day. It also fills you up so that you end up not eating as much. While I am still looking to drop a few more pounds, I put the coconut oil in my coffee more because I really do enjoy the flavor and because of the other health benefits it offers.
Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Coconut oil is naturally antibacterial and microbial, which essentially means it is a natural antibiotic. It’s also full of disease-fighting antioxidants. As I mentioned above, it helps boost metabolism for weight loss. It lowers the risk of diabetes, heart disease and improves cholesterol levels. There is SO MUCH more. But, that gives you the tip of the iceberg on this amazing and delicious superfood.
Other Uses for Coconut Oil
Cooking: I cook with coconut oil just about every day. I use it in place of butter (sometimes along with butter) and in place of any other oil or fat. I use it to saute veggies and to sear beef or chicken; and, of course, I bake with it!
Hair Conditioner: Coconut oil is great for deep conditioning. The fatty acids in the oil penetrate easily into the hair and make for better conditioning than you can get from most store-bought hair conditioners. Coconut oil has become my hair conditioner 🙂
Skin Care: The other thing my daughter may think everyone else does is put coconut oil on boo boos and bites. Its healing and anti-inflammatory properties help skin to be replenished and restored. I also just use it as lotion when my skin is dry.
There are so many more uses. But, we can always talk more about those later over some coffee! 😉
What do you do with your coconut oil?
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