Super Food Coconut Oil

coconut oil
My trainer Sarah probably knew this one was coming. I am always talking about Coconut oil. I am in love with it. There are so many uses for it not only dietary uses either. You can put it on your face as a make-up remover/ moisturizer, use it for dry skin or eczema, or of course there are many cooking options as well. We will stick to mainly cooking and benefits of it for today though.
From Dr. Oz’s website: Coconut oil is high in antioxidants and is very heart healthy. It can help boost your immunity to bacteria and viruses. It can also help with thyroid function as well as help maintain blood sugar. Other helpful benefits of coconut oil are that it can help reduce cholesterol, and aid in digestion.
Some ways you can use it are of course in baking, simply omit the other oils and substitute coconut oil. It goes well with kale and other leafy vegetables, or in oatmeal. Make sure you buy the organic virgin variety of coconut oil if you are going to use it, quality is VERY important with this oil.
Some major benefits of coconut oil are:
1. It contains lots of saturated fats which we are learning aren’t as bad for you as we originally thought. In moderation of course don’t go out and put coconut oil in EVERYTHING you eat. They go straight to the liver from the digestive tract, where they are used as a quick source energy or turned into so-called ketone bodies, which can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s.

2. The medium chain triglycerides in coconut oil have been shown to increase 24 hour energy expenditure by as much as 5%, potentially leading to significant weight loss over the long term.

3. It can also help lower your blood cholesterol levels and help safeguard against heart disease as well.

4. Coconut oil can help protect your hair from damage, moisturize your skin, and be used as a sunscreen as well!

5. One other factor of CO is that using it can help prevent seizures in children who are prone to them.

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

Recipes with Coconut Oil:

Mom’s Salmon Patties
• 6 ounces salmon (I used Bear & Wolf Wild Alaskan Pink Salmon canned from Costco)
• 1 egg, scrambled
• 1 pinch ground sage
• 2 Tablespoons almond flour
• 1 teaspoon coconut flour
• salt
• pepper
• butter or coconut oil
This recipe makes 3 patties.
This is a very simple recipe inspired by my mother’s recipe, and her recipe inspired by her mother, my grandmother. Grandma called the Salmon Croquettes, but she dipped hers in flour before frying. My mother had a slightly different version, and the one you see above is my revision.
As I mentioned, this is a super easy recipe. If you’re using canned salmon, simply open the can and if your brand contains bones or skin, remove both leaving only the flakes of fish.
Pour the salmon into a bowl, break the fish into small pieces, and add in the scrambled egg and all other ingredients. Mix gently and allow to sit for about two minutes so that the coconut flour can absorb the moisture.
Use a 1/4 cup measuring cup to form patties.
Melt your favorite fat in a skillet and heat until nice and hot. Drop the patties in and sauté for about two minutes on each side to brown. These stuck in my stainless skillet so be sure to use plenty of fat.
Turn down heat and continue to cook on each side about two minutes until the patties feel firm.
Three patties contains: 340 calories, 45 grams protein, 17 grams fat and 5 carbohydrates.

You can read the original post here: http://gapsdietjourney.com/2012/01/recipe-moms-salmon-patties/

The following recipe is non-edible. I haven’t tried this yet, but I have been wanting to. I have a friend who thinks I am strange for wanting to make all these things homemade but I have my reasons. Regular deodorants have aluminum in them which has been linked to Alzheimer’s.

Homemade Deodorant Recipe with Rosemary, Lemongrass, and Coconut Oil
2 tbsp. beeswax granules
1¼ tbsp. Shea butter, cocoa butter, mango butter, etc. (I used Shea)
1¼ tbsp. coconut oil
½ tbsp. bentonite clay
½ tbsp. baking soda
10 drops lemongrass essential oil
6 drops rosemary essential oil
1. In a double boiler, or a small saucepan over very low heat, combine the beeswax, coconut oil, and Shea butter until melted completely and mixed well.
2. Whisk in the baking soda and bentonite clay until well combined.
3. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes and then stir in your essential oils.
4. Take an old (clean) deodorant stick and make sure the plunger thing is twisted all the way down. Carefully pour your warm mixture into the container
5. Let sit with the cap off until it has cooled completely. Then, use as normal.

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