10 Ways to Eat Coconut Oil – The Sweet Plantain

I am in love with anything coconut. I love the taste and it’s incredible health benefits!

At the top of my coconut obsession list: coconut oil. It’s antimicrobial, anti-fungal, contains lauric acid (which is in breast milk and is great for babies!), boosts metabolism, increases energy, is great for skin, aids weight loss, helps regulate blood sugar…et cetera, et cetera.

If you suffer from sugar or carb cravings, and you have the desire to snack constantly, chances are you’re not getting enough satiating healthy fats in your diet. Contrary to popular belief, saturated fats like coconut oil and butter are healthy for you. In fact, they are essential for proper nourishment.

Because our bodies use fats for energy, eating coconut oil helps your body to run properly and gives it the nourishment it needs so it’s not sending you cues for more food because it has the fuel it needs.

Part of my daily “supplement” routine is to take two tablespoons of coconut oil, along with the amount that I eat throughout the day. I’ll divide it up, taking one tablespoon in the morning and another at night.

I start out my day with a serving of fermented cod liver oil, which I wash down with coconut oil mixed in a tall glass of raw milk; chased with a quick swig of coffee, this is actually a really effective way of downing my cod liver oil without letting the taste linger. This serving of healthy fats is a great way to start out the day – I’m so much more satisfied after breakfast, and I’ve got plenty of energy to get going!

At night, my dose of coconut oil curbs those late-night, pre-bed snack cravings that usually arise. During my pregnancies, it’s kept me from getting up in the middle of the night ready to raid the fridge!

In addition to my morning and evening routine, here are some of the ways I’ve found to include coconut oil in my family’s diet throughout the day:

1. Smoothies – pour a tablespoon of melted coconut oil (per serving) into the blender as you finish off your smoothie.

2. Baking – substitute coconut oil for butter in baked goods.

3. Spread on Toast – spread softened coconut oil on toast to substitute for butter – this is really nice topped with your favorite jam.

4. Popcorn – make popcorn using coconut oil – it’s delicious! Melted butter over the popcorn is a great way to add extra good fats and also disguises the coconut flavor for those who are less than excited about it. If you do like the taste of coconut, you can also use melted coconut oil in place of melted butter to coat the popcorn!

5. PB&J – spread softened coconut oil on bread before adding the peanut butter and jelly – this is a great way to sneak in the germ-fighting goodness of coconut oil into those school lunches!

6. Oatmeal – mix a spoonful into cooked oatmeal along with your usual toppings, like cream and honey.

7. Tea – add a spoonful to warm tea, or my favorite evening drink: a warm infusion of fresh grated ginger, lemon and honey. (To make the infusion, pour boiling water over the ginger, lemon and honey and let steep for 3-4 minutes before adding the oil.)

8. Coconut Oil Fudge – I give these to my son as a reward for taking his cod liver oil and as a dessert – it’s super healthy and delicious (and using raw honey makes it even better for you!).

9. Yogurt – add a bit of melted coconut oil to yogurt with honey, mixing well.

10. Cooking – saute and roast vegetables in coconut oil in place of olive oil.

Note: I use organic, unrefined, cold-pressed coconut oil – I think it’s the best quality and I love the taste. If you are not a fan of the coconut taste, look for a good quality expeller-pressed oil that doesn’t taste like coconut.

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How do you get your daily dose of coconut oil? 

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