This week’s superfood spotlight is on the magical coconut! What makes coconuts unique is the countless ways you can use them. As a beverage, coconut water is nature’s Gatorade, packed full of hydrating electrolytes and restorative nutrients. As a food, coconut meat adds awesome flavor and a good dose of healthy fats. And as a beauty product, coconut oil is the perfect moisturizer.Here are more favorite facts about this versatile fruit:
- Coconuts have been referred to as the “Tree of Life” because every single bit of one has a purpose.
- Coconut water contains potassium, magnesium, copper, and anti-oxidants, all of which help keep your body functioning at its optimum level.
- When IV solution was in short supply, doctors during World War II and Vietnam used coconut water as a substitution.
- Coconut oil can be used on all parts of the body – it’s a great lip moisturizer, hand cream, and deep hair conditioning treatment.
- Coconut oil is also awesome to cook with! When sautéing, baking, or roasting, sub coconut oil for olive oil for a new twist. This is one of our much-loved coconut inspired recipes.
- Coconuts are great for dealing with sugar cravings. Unlike carbs, coconut oil does not produce an insulin spike in your blood stream, which saves you from your energy crashing. Try adding coconut to your next smoothie or just have a tablespoon of coconut oil right out of the jar!
- Coconuts are your immune system’s bff: they are anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasite.
- Coconut oil is also good for your teeth and can be used as a natural mouthwash. Its Vitamin E content, which acts as an antioxidant, and its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties can help to prevent cavities.
- One of the most delicious ways to enjoy coconuts is to mix the water from one coconut with the flesh found on the inside in a blender. The result is a smoothie like superfood beverage packed full of nutrients. We call it the CocoBombe!
- Coconut water can also make a fun treat – mix with your favorite juice, add pieces of fruit, and freeze in an ice tray or popsicle mold for a hydrating, refreshing snack.
What’s your favorite way to use coconuts?