It seems as if coconut oil is taking the grocery stores by storm. It’s so rich, versatile, and vegan. Has it become one of your kitchen staples yet?
It’s popularity seems to be well-deserved–after all, it’s as rich as butter (without the cholesterol) and as versatile as vegetable oil. And now we can find the good stuff in our grocery stores: organic, non-hydrogenated varieties. It’s pressed from the raw coconut, so the oil has a subtle nutty flavor, and it’s a wonderful substitute for butter in baked goods. You can also use it in cooking for a flavor boost in savory dishes as well.
Did you know that coconut oil turns to liquid between 75 and 81 degrees F., so its consistency may change from day to day. To maintain its solid, spreadable state and keep it from turning rancid, store it in a cool, dark cupboard.
This natural moisturizer is going gangbusters in beauty products as well. Organic sugar mixes with organic coconut oil to make a wonderful exfoliating body scrub. Try putting a small amount of coconut oil into the palm of your hand, let it melt, then add a few grains of sugar and mix in. Use as a facial scrub. After rinsing well, your face will feel very soft and smooth.
Crack the coconut trend, and keep an eye out in stores where beauty products are sold. I’ve seen a nourishing coconut oil body mist that you can spritz on after a shower, or add some to your bath for a rich soak. Coconut water can also be found in body cleansers; and coconut oil and shea butter make a soothing, smoothing skin softener.
I have been using coconut oil at night as a hand moisturizer. At the first sign of cool weather my hands become very dry, and the skin around my nails develops painful cracks. As I prepare for bed, I rub coconut oil generously on my hands and nails, then put on cotton gloves to sleep in. In the morning my hands are soft, and in repeating this ritual, I believe my hands are improving and are less dry and cracked.
I came across this recipe for a smoothie that incorporates coconut oil… you might want to try it. The ingredients are nourishing and filling. I made it this weekend for lunch with some fresh fruit. Easy, and delicious!!
Yield: Makes 1 serving
- 1/2 banana
- 1/4 cup old-fashioned rolled oats ( or quick oats)
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt, plain
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 Tablespoon honey
- 1/3 cup orange juice
- 1/2 cup ice
1. In a blender container, combine banana, oats, yogurt, coconut oil, honey, orange juice, and ice. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a tall glass and drink immediately.
SOURCE: M.Stewart Living