Adding Coconut Oil To Your Diet

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We posted an article about the benefits of coconut oil and what it does for your body, but we’ve had some questions about how to use it in food and how they can still eat it without tasting it at all.

You should try to consume 2 tbsp of coconut oil every day, organic virgin is better for cooking and organic extra virgin is great when eating it raw like with your smoothies and coffee.  We’ve asked and looked around and there are so many simple ways of adding this to your diet!

Coconut Oil has the closest consistency to butter. It is smooth in room temperature, however after you’ve opened the container it will turn liquid at 24C/75.2F. So don’t freak out if it all of a sudden is clear as water. It goes solid (hard) when cooled, and turns liquid when heated. It has a pleasant sweet, mellow taste that adds just a slight unassuming flavor to foods without overpowering other tastes in the dish!

Add it to your coffee or Tea!breakfast_eggs_roll

If you’re a regular coffee/tea drinker, you might want to just add a teaspoon of coconut oil each time, or if you really like the taste of coconuts, go ahead and add the whole amount with your breakfast coffee/tea.

Smoothies, Shakes & Juices:

So simple, just mix it with the other ingredients and enjoy.

Cooking:

Coconut oil is great for cooking! You can use it for basically anything, you can even use it as a substitute for butter when your baking/cooking (1:1 ratio). You can add it to any recipe, like: cookies, bread, chocolate, cakes, the list is endless :) The coconut oil will keep your baked goods fresher for longer and even make them more moist and richer in taste. Try it on your toast, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Other:

You can add it to your oatmeal, yoghurts, sauces, I can go on forever, but you really just need to use your imagination and get creative. Start by trying it with your favorite food. You never know you might end up having your own recipe to share with your friends and the rest of the world.

Don’t like the taste of coconut:

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If you don’t like Coconut oil, that’s OK! Like I mentioned earlier, Coconut Oil doesn’t have a dominating taste. Now, if you really want to reduce the flavor there are a few ways of doing exactly that! If you’re making a smoothie for example, you can use all kinds of citrus fruits. They are really over powering so much so that you wont taste it at all, especially if you use lemons or lime. You can also use bananas, ginger, mint leaves the list goes on. Just pick something you know has a strong flavor. If you have super taste buds, I’d recommend you use a little less than 2 tbsp, start off with 1 tbsp and work from there. If you start adding this to your diet every day your palate will change and you’ll get so used to it that you wont even taste it anymore or better yet end up loving it and wanting more!

If you’d like to use it as a substitute for butter on your bread, bagels or anything in that category, I recommend you go the same way as earlier, choose something that overpowers the coconut, like peanut butter or jam (organic).

If you use it when baking just use half and half of coconut oil, and butter, preferably without salt & dairy to stay on the healthier path. However you’ve still come a long way even if you go with your regular choice of butter, because half of it will be coconut oil :)

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Coconut Milk Whipped Cream:

You should also try coconut milk, it’s really magical! You can use it as whipped cream. If you’ve bought coconut milk, you’ve probably noticed that there’s usually some liquid and there’s a solid white part, that’s what you’d want to use. Separate the liquid from the white milk, and add it to your mixer and stir it until you can see it getting the same consistency as whipped cream. It usually doesn’t take more than 2-4 minutes, depending on your mixer. You should add some vanilla to taste.

Hope this helps, and good luck! If you’ve got any tips or a recipe, comment and share so we can all enjoy it as much as you do :)

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