Toasted Coconut

Making your own toasted coconut flakes brings out the crunchy, rich coconutty flavor. And they can be used to enhance vegan milks, desserts, savory dishes, raw foods, granolas, breakfast bowls, etc. Coconut is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and below are 11 reasons why.

Taking coconut oil with omega 3 fats helps improve their effectiveness by two-fold, helping them to be readily digested and available for energy. Making Chia Superfood Pudding, Granola, and Buckwheat Bowls, are a great way to access this combination.

Heat does not kill the beneficial fats in coconut products versus in many other food forms. Coconut contains medium chain fatty acids, making it a healthy saturated fat. Their small cell structure and unique absorption process (only 3 steps to be converted to energy versus 26 steps for other fats) allows them to be readily used for energy rather than stored. It is highly digestible, potent in antioxidants, anti microbial, promotes hormone balance due to the healthy fats, and anti-fungal, just to name a few.

11 reasons to add coconut oil and coconut products into your regime;

1)Reduces inflammation- Inflammation leads to disease, pain, and poor health.

2)Prevents and reverses cancer- Chemical components in the breakdown of coconut oil kill cells that lead to cancer and prevent it from growing.

3)Immune boosting- Because coconut oil is anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic, it promotes a healthy gut and body, making it difficult for disease to grow, including candida.

4)Energy- Your body uses glycogen (from grains and sugars) to burn as fuel before it starts burning fat. Skip the sugar and take coconut oil before your workouts, or combine them as many athletes are doing. It’s readily available as energy and will give you the fat and muscle burning endurance you need.

5)Brain health- More and more studies are showing that coconut oil is great for your brain functions because its not insulin dependent for energy. Extensive research on its positive affect on alzheimer’s has been promising.

6)Reduction in high blood pressure and heart healthy- The healthy fats in coconut oil prevent heart disease, turn bad cholesterol (LDL) into good cholesterol, and increase the good cholesterol (HDL).

7)Liver, kidney, gallbladder, gut, pancreas, and UTI protection- Coconut oil helps kill the bacteria that leads to infections in the kidney and urinary tract, as well as protecting from liver damage and reducing stress on the liver. Because it doesn’t need enzymes to be broken down, it eases the pancreas and gallbladder. Also it helps treat candida, a fungal overgrowth in the gut which leads to all sort of complications, helping digestion, reducing ulcers, and promoting a healthy probiotic intestinal environment.

8)Skin, hair, nails, and gums/teeth- Coconut is great for using as a base for all your cosmetic needs. It is antimicrobial and can heal many skin disorders. It has natural sun protecting agents, is a great moisturizer and can be used as a facial wash. You can also use it to brush your teeth (mix with baking soda) or do tooth pulling. Tooth pulling is swooshing coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes, has been used for centuries, and significantly reduces the bacteria that leads to periodontal and gum disease.

9)Bone/muscle health- Coconut oil helps increase calcium absorption and bone volume and structure. It is great osteoporosis, reducing bone loss, and fighting the oxidative stress that accompanies it. Along with burning fat, this oil builds muscle and is used in many muscle building shakes and drinks.

10)Diabetes protection- This oil provides a consistent energy source that is not insulin dependent and can take stress off the pancreas to overcompensate.

11)Fat burning- Research on coconut oils fat burning properties are vast. It decreases appetite, improves thyroid function, lowers resting heart rate, and helps your body burn turn that fat into energy.

Toasted Coconut

Yields: 1 cup toasted coconut flakes

  • 2-4 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup, coconut sugar, brown sugar
  • tiny pinch of salt
  • dash of cinnamon

In a skillet on low to medium, melt the coconut oil and make sure it every covers the pan. Toss the coconut flakes in with the sweetener and cinnamon. It will golden, stir it around often for 5 minutes. Do not let it go beyond browning because it can start to burn easily. Keep the heat low to avoid this. Remove from heat, use and/or store.

  • Total time: 5 minutes

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