Our very talented friend Jo Harding has yet again created a mouth-watering creation with her Beat The Bloat Baked Pumpkin Falafel. So delicious and easy to make – make sure you give them a try!
Our very talented friend Jo Harding has yet again created a mouth-watering creation with her Beat The Bloat Baked Pumpkin Falafel. So delicious and easy to make – make sure you give them a try!
Well we really have a treat for you today! The wonderful Samantha Hadadi has been busy creating these triple chocolate frosted avocado brownies. So tasty and gluten free – give them a go!
160g good quality dark chocolate (the very best you can afford – it makes all the difference!)
1.5 tbsp coconut oil
1 medium to large ripe avocado, pitted
1/2 cup cashew butter
5 tbsp coconut, cashew or oat milk
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp freshly-brewed espresso coffee (optional)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp vanilla paste
3/4 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup gluten-free brown rice flour
2 tbsp cacao OR chocolate protein
2 tbsp ground almonds
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
3/4 tsp baking powder
Up to 1/3 cup more coconut milk (optional) to loosen
100g dark chocolate chips
For the frosting –
1 ripe, medium avocado, pitted
80g good quality dark chocolate (the best you can afford)
1/2 tbsp coconut oil
1-2 tbsp cacao OR chocolate protein
1-2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla paste
Berries, to decorate (optional)
Preheat your oven to 170C, then line a brownie tin with baking paper.
Either in a microwave or in a bain marie, melt together the dark chocolate and coconut oil, stirring until completely smooth.
Blend together the avocado, cashew butter, coconut milk, maple syrup, vanilla and apple cider vinegar until smooth and mousse-like, scraping down the sides as needed. Slowly add in the melted chocolate mixture and blend once more until well combined.
Stir together the dry ingredients – the rice flour, protein / almonds and cacao, coconut sugar, bicarb, baking powder and salt – until combined.
Pour the chocolate mix over the dry ingredients and, using a wooden spoon, fold together until combined. The mixture may be very thick. Add in the additional milk, one tablespoon at a time, if needed, until slightly thinned – your ideal texture is to have the batter just falling over your spoon when you turn it upside down (it shouldn’t stick to the spoon, and it shouldn’t fall off quickly in a big dollop!). Fold in your chocolate chips.
Spoon your brownie mixture into the prepared tin, then smooth over with the back of a spoon.
Bake in the oven for 30-40 minutes, or until cooked through, checking at around 20 minutes to see the brownies aren’t browning too fast. If they are, place a sheet of baking paper over the top.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
In the meantime, make your frosting by gently melting the coconut oil and chocolate, either in a bain marie or in the microwave.
Blend together with the remaining frosting ingredients, adjusting taste as necessary, until smooth. Spread over your cooled brownies, then top with fresh berries, cut into squares and enjoy! Best eaten on the day of cooking, but stores in an airtight container
Thanks to the lovely Hedi Hearts for these gorgeous banana and oat cookies. Only two main ingredients but unbelievably tasty!
1 large very ripe banana ( the one with brown spots all over it)
1 cup oats (any type of oats will work)
Extras are optional
½ cup of either chia seeds, cranberries, dark chocolate chips, raisins, apricots, nuts,seeds or mix them all together.
Preheat oven to 175 degrees.
Put oats in blender or food processor and blend until oats become the consistency of flour. ( you can keep whole oats too)
Mash up the banana and in large bowl mix with oats until smooth.
Add in ½ cup of your favorite add in.
Grease baking tray with coconut oil or line with baking paper.
Drop dough by large tablespoons onto cookie sheet; flatten a bit with a spatula.
Bake for 12 -15 minutes or until cookies are brown at the bottom
Remove from oven and let cool down completely
Add your favourite toppings and enjoy!
We’re keeping it nice and simple today, try this amazing Thai Style Carrot & Coriander Soup so fight those January Blues. Thanks so much to Samantha Hadadi for this delicious treat.
1 tbsp coconut oil
9 carrots, washed and chopped
1 potato or sweet potato, roughly chopped
1/2 red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced (optional – omit for a milder, less spicy taste)
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cm ginger, peeled and minced
1 stalk lemongrass, bruised
1-2 tbsp Red Thai Curry paste
1 tsp Thai spices
Large handful fresh coriander
1 tin of Coconut Merchant coconut milk
1-2 cups vegetable stock
Salt and pepper, to season
Juice one lime
1 tsp coconut sugar (optional)
Coconut yoghurt, coriander leaves to serve (optional)
Start by heating the oil in a pan. Add the garlic and chilli and saute on a low to medium heat for a few minutes. Add 7 of the carrots and the potato, along with the Red Thai paste, the ginger, lemongrass and the spices and fry, stirring often, until the carrots are starting to soften.
Pour in your vegetable stock and coconut milk, ensuring it just covers your veg, and continue to cook on a low heat until the carrots and potato are completely softened.
Place in a blender along with the fresh coriander and the 2 raw carrots, then blend until smooth – add more vegetable stock if you want a thinner soup!
Season to taste, adding in the lime juice and coconut sugar to taste, too.
Serve warm with crusty sourdough, more coriander and a drizzle of coconut yoghurt
Thanks again to @samanthahadadi
1/2 cup of frozen pineapple chunks
1 cup ice
1/2 cup of unsweetened pineapple juice
1 cup of coconut milk
Garnish: A fresh orange slice
Place the pineapple chunks and ice in the bottom of a blender
Add the coconut milk and the pineapple juice and puree until smooth
Pour the mixture into glasses and garnish with a fresh slice of orange
The incredible Jo from Modern Food Stories created this beautiful tart recipe with our products for us! They look super tasty and bitesize, although we think we could eat quite a few in one sitting! Great for kids and fun to make too!
100 g ground almonds (1 cup)
1 medium egg
2.5 tbsp coconut flour
1 tsp vanilla powder
2 tbsp melted coconut oil
200 g coconut yoghurt
100 g fresh berries
zest of 1 lemon
Preheat the oven to 150C (fan assisted.)
In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (ground almonds, coconut flour and vanilla.)
Crack open and whisk the egg. Add the egg to the dry ingredients, along with the melted coconut oil and mix well with your hands until it forms a dough.
Line a non stick mini canapés tin with mini greaseproof cases. Spoon 1 tsp of mixture into each case and mould with your fingers into a tart shape. Bake in the oven for 13 – 15 minutes until golden. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
Fill each Mini Paleo Tart with 1 teaspoon of coconut yoghurt and top with fresh berries and a sprinkling of lemon zest.
With halloween upon us we wanted to avoid the classic neon green, sugar filled snacks the supermarkets always bring out. Our lovely Anastasia has whipped up some easy how to videos to help you create some super easy, healthy and quick recipes that the kids (and adults) will love!
Vampire teeth bites
Apples (1 apple will make around 4 bites)
Coconut jam spread
2 bananas (makes 4)
1 bar of your chosen white chocolate
Tube icing of your choice (we used chocolate!)
Avocado grave stones!
4 avocados(makes 8 cups)
2 tablespoons cacao
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
2 tablespoons Coconut syrup
Biscuits of your choice (crumbled)
Rectangle biscuits of your choice (for grave stone)
Tube icing (we used chocolate flavoured)
A super tasty coconut cookie recipe to try this weekend! Perfect with a cup of coffee in this grey weather from our amazing Ania 🙂
1 cup of cashew butter
100 g coconut butter, soft – try Coconut Merchants for an extra creamy texture
1 tsp vanilla extract
100 gr almond flour
1/3 cup maple syrup (try our coconut syrup!)
pinch of salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
1/2 cup of coconut sugar
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1. Mix butter with sugar until creamy.
2. Add cashew butter, vegan eggs and maple syrup.
3. Add flour and mix, until well combined and then add chocolate chips.
4. In preheated oven to 180 c bake cookies for 12-15 min, or until brown.
Huzzah! Just what we need when the seasons are changing, a delicious biscuit to get us through the cold winter mornings and nights. These tasty treats were shown to us by the amazing Ania from Ania’s Vibrant Kitchen. Give them a try and let us know what you think!
120 coconut butter ( softened)
30 gr sugar
3 tbsp maple syrup
80 g flour
1 tsp baking powder
Pinch of salt
100g dark chocolate
Preheat the oven to 180 C and line the tray with baking paper.
In a mixer, beat the butter and sugar until pale and smooth.
Reduce the speed to low, mix in the oats, flour, baking powder, maple syrup, and salt.
Using medium icecream scoop, roll dough into balls and flatten on the tray. Make sure you leave room between the cookies so they don’t spread and attach as they cook 🙂
Bake 12-15min, until golden brown.
Melt the chocolate and coat each cookie. Let them to cool and enjoy (handy trick: put them in the fridge for 5 minutes).
These super smooth chocolate pots are the perfect after dinner (or sneaky lunchtime) snack! SO easy to make and a really simple list of ingredients, could you ask for more? And the genius behind these pots a delight? The Free From Fairy!
1 tbsp virgin organic coconut oil (I use Coconut Merchant)
1 tbsp nut butter (I used pecan that I had made by ‘whizzing pecans in a blender until smooth)
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp hulled hemp seeds
Approx. 8 slices peach (I used tinned slices drained from the juice) – this is the sweetener so adjust according to taste
Orange oil – to taste (start with a one or two drops and taste)
Place all the ingredients together into a small food processor or a blender.
Whizz together until smooth and serve immediately.
Alternatively place in serving dishes and keep in the fridge until ready to serve.
For many of us, relaxation means different things. For some, time spent with loved ones is ultimate bliss, for others, a bath and a good book is all we need to fight away the weeks stresses. We’ve asked our team here at Coconut Merchant to share their relaxation secrets and write about when they feel their most relaxed.
‘Sunday mornings drinking coffee & catching up with friends,’ Sarah
‘When I listen to music,’ Fedi
‘When I go to yoga,’ Maddy
‘When my kids are asleep!’ Sunny
‘Having a bubble bath with a fancy bath bomb,’ Jo
‘Playing music,’ Al
We’ve put together a playlist of the ultimate chill music, great for Sunday mornings in bed or an after work soak in the bath because we know how important it is to relax and unwind. Have a listen below and take some time for yourself! Let us know what you do to relax!
Picture this; you’ve had a long day at the office. You had to look through all 300 of Karen’s holiday pictures. You waved back at someone who definitely wasn’t waving at you. Then, to make matters worse, your train home was delayed.
We get it- just one of those days. Everyone has them. But fear not, there’s still time to turn things around. De-stress, get a candle on, and try a detoxifying bath to go to bed feeling like balance has been restored.
Even if we do say so ourselves, coconut oil is a bit of a miracle. Not only is it a kitchen cupboard staple, a friend to your hair, and a godsend to your teeth, it’s the perfect addition to any bath time.
For this sumptuous DIY, you just need three ingredients. First and foremost- you guessed it- coconut oil! This will leave your skin moisturised and feeling silky smooth. Epsom salts add much needed magnesium into your body, which is crucial to immune system function and keeping energy levels up. Finally, essential oils- for that much needed ‘ahhh’ factor and a sweet smelling hit of relaxation.
What you’ll need:
Epsom salt – 1 cup
Coconut Oil – 1 cup
Essential oils – 5 drops of your favourite scent (we recommend lavender!)
Let’s get relaxing:
Whether you get your slippers on, cosy up with a good book, or put on your favourite movie, our evening routines are all different. Although, one thing that should really be a nighttime staple for everyone is our friend coconut oil. Eat it, cook with it, smooth it all over your body, and now ease yourself into the night in the freshest and most peaceful way possible.
Soak it all out with a detoxifying coconut oil bath
Forget the bubbles; when it comes to end-of-the-day relaxation there’s a new sheriff in town. If you want a soak that’ll leave you silky smooth and ease achey muscles, try adding epsom salt and coconut oil to your bath. Pop in a few drops of your favourite essential oil too- it’ll leave you full of zen and smelling sweet.
Wind down with a coconut oil tea
We’ve all done it. There’s nothing quite as nice as a hot drink when you snuggle up in bed after a long day. But if, like us, the post-coffee regret sets in when your mind is doing somersaults at 2am, we have the perfect remedy.
Try putting a tablespoon of our organic, cold pressed coconut oil in a camomile tea with a dash of honey (or Coconut Nectar!) for the perfect before-bed soother. Research suggests that filling up with clean fats gives you a steady stream of energy, keeping you peacefully snoozing through the night.
Get silky smooth with a coconut hair mask
Want luscious locks that Rapunzel herself would envy? We can help- well, our trusty friend coconut oil can! All you need to do is warm some up in your hands, smooth it right through your hair, and leave it overnight with your hair in a bun. Once you’ve washed it out in the morning, coconut oil’s naturally moisturising properties will leave your hair photo-ready and feeling silky smooth.
Freshen up with a spoonful before bed
Many of you might know the wonders of oil-pulling, but for those that don’t- let’s break it down. All you need to do is pop a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth, swill it around while you kick back and relax, then spit out. It’s that simple! Some suggest that oil pulling whitens teeth, freshens breath, and improves overall oral health. So what are you waiting for? Give it a go before bedtime and see the results for yourself.
Take a look at our oil pulling how to below!
Still searching for more ways to fit coconut oil into your everyday routine? Fear not! There’s plenty of options this way:
Whether you’re lost in a haze of love or superbly single, we think we can all agree that Valentine’s Day can be a little OTT. From overcrowded restaurants to £50 roses, it can be pretty hard to live up to the hype, even for the most loved-up among us. But if you’re still mourning the bae that got away, rest assured that nothing remedies a broken heart like a series of terrible coconut-related puns. So with this in mind, we took some time off work to see who could come up with the cringiest – and ultimately be crowned Coco HQ’s king/queen of puns.
Here are some of our favourites:
“All this coconut butter, but I still couldn’t butter you up”
“All this savoury sauce, but you’re still salty”
“All these boxes, but we still couldn’t fit in”
“All this sugar but you still ain’t sweet”
“All this coconut nectar but you’re still not my honey”
“All these dressings but I never got you undressed”
“All this wall but you still left me blue”
“All this coconut water but you’re still thirsty”
“All this oil, but I still let you slip away”
Like what you see? Think you could do better? Let us know @coconutmerchant – you might even see your break-up banter featured on our pages! And as always, remember what they say: a coco-family is for life, not just for Valentine’s Day.
A big, warming bowl of soup: is there anything quite as comforting after a long, chilly day? In fact, we think it might be just the cure for the all-too-familiar winter blues. Soups are a delicious way to fill up on those all-important nutrients needed to keep you going in the cold – and they’re so simple to make, there’s no excuse!
Here at Coco HQ, we’re lucky enough to collaborate with some incredibly talented contributing chefs. And aside from being all-round lovely people, they’re the culinary geniuses behind the tasty recipes we share with you all. So in honour of World Soup Day, we’d like to say a very special thank you to them – for providing the inspiration behind so many unique bowls of coconutty goodness!
Try some of our favourites:
Let’s start simple. Creamy, comforting and delicately flavoured with thyme and our very own Organic Coconut Milk, Charley’s mushroom soup is the perfect winter’s evening companion.
Who said pumpkins were just for Halloween? Positively packed with fibre, vitamin C and potassium, this warming little lunch is as good for your taste buds as it is for your body.
One of the best things about natural cooking is the vibrant colours! This one takes a little detour from your traditional soup combo with a fresh mixture of peas and basil. And at less that £2 to make, there’s certainly no reason not to give this one a go!
Ania’s pretty in pink soup isn’t just easy on the eyes; fresh beetroot gives it an earthy sweet taste, with dill and parsley providing a fragrant finish. Kick the freshness levels up a notch: like Spanish gazpacho, this unique soup is best served cold!
Oh sweet potatoes, how we love thee. This vegetable is arguably one of the most versatile around, and if baking, mashing or roasting isn’t your game, why not try whizzing some up with coconut milk for Hedi’s divine two-ingredient sweet potato soup?
If soup’s not your thing (we’re not sure why it wouldn’t be!), why not try out some of our other recipes?
Ah, peanut butter. The giver of life. The light at the end of a long dark day. The little (or not-so-little) pick me up that just seems to make life that little bit sweeter.
From an unbeatable dip for cucumber sticks to an indulgent toast topping and an instant off-the-spoon pick me up, it’s safe to say it’s our favourite office companion at Coco HQ! Some say a home without a dog is just a house – well, we’d go as far as to say that an office without peanut butter is just a building.
Okay, so you get it: we’re crazy about peanut butter. Possibly almost as crazy as we are about coconuts, and that’s saying something. So we’re getting in on the action for arguably one of the most important public holidays in our calendar: World Peanut Butter Day. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a selection of our most-loved peanut butter recipes. From a natural take on the famous peanut butter cup to a devilishly good peanut rice dish, we’ve got you covered. Let’s get making!
If it was sustainable to live on a diet consisting purely of this fudge, there would be no looking back. Peanut butter lovers, get ready for a taste sensation: Rachel’s all-natural PB fudge topped with homemade chocolate peanut butter cups is not to be missed!
A double hit of deliciousness straight from the oven of our lovely contributing chef Ugne. If blackberry ice cream and crunchy PB biscuits sounds like your kind of combination, then this one’s definitely for you.
Oreo addicts, prepare yourselves. They said it couldn’t be done, but Rachel has worked her magic to create a dreamy guilt-free take on our favourite chocolaty treats. This mouthwatering version is completely raw and packed full of natural foods that your body will love, like our own Organic Coconut Oil and Butter, medjool dates, and nuts.
Feeling a bit more savoury than sweet? There’s a peanut butter dish for you! Peanut sauce is used in Asian cooking for a creamy, sweet finish, and this tasty salad from Harriet makes no exception. Healthy, simple, delicious AND peanut butter packed? Sign us up!
Deliciously dark and positively brimming with natural deliciousness, these peanut butter doughnuts are another of Rachel’s divine raw creations. The best part is that they’re raw, so you only have to pop them in the fridge for 15 minutes until you can devour one…or the lot!
Craving more delectable coco-treats? Head on over to our recipes page.
There’s nothing we love more than coconuts – but craft beer is definitely a close second. So you can imagine our excitement when the world-conquering BrewDog asked us to help out with their latest small batch brew. Described as “a porter of papal proportions,” the brand-new Self Assembly Pope is a distinctive stout with a winning combination of ingredients – including cocoa powder, vanilla bean, dark chocolate, and our very own Toasted Coconut Flakes!
Not to cause widespread panic, but this unique brew is a special edition and only available for a limited time only, so if (like us) you’ve thrown in the towel on your attempt at Dry January, you know what to do. Hurry on over to BrewDog pubs nationwide for a taste of the craftiest brew that’s ever graced your presence. Happy drinking!
Click here for lots more exciting coco-news!
On the 3rd of September this year, the government ruled that microbeads would be banned in the UK market, starting mid-2017 and we couldn’t be happier. These tiny plastic particles are used in beauty products, like toothpaste and face scrub to banish unwanted cells, whether that be on the skin, in your mouth, or in the home. However, it’s recently become apparent that these nasty little fellas don’t biodegrade, meaning nearly 100,000 per shower head straight for our oceans causing great pain to our precious sea life and mother nature as a whole. And that’s not all, this toxic plastic is even reaching us humans. Put simply, the oceans smallest fish eat the microbeads thinking they’re food, the bigger fish eat these small fish and us humans eat the big fish. A tale even more terrifying than Roald Dahl’s, The Witches, we’re sure you’ll agree.
That’s why we’re on a mission. A mission to revolutionise natural products and save our fishes. If we had it our way, every bathroom cabinet and kitchen cupboard through the land would be jam-packed with coconut based products but for now let’s start with some all-natural scrubs, a wonderful replacements for plastic-based beauty products.
Triple Coconut Face and Body Exfoliator
Lemon Face and Body Exfoliator
– 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
– 1 tablespoon salt
– 1 tablespoon lemon juice
Let’s get started!
1: Combine all three ingredients
2. Apply to the skin in a circular motion
3. Leave for a couple of minutes to leave your skin feeling super smooth
4. Rinse off and be on your moisturised way!
Find out more about the world of coconuts here!
By now, we all know that coconut oil is a must-have for both cooking and cosmetics. Its amazing natural versatility makes it one of the few products as kind to your outer body as it is to your inner!
However, we have a funny feeling that its lesser-known applications may be the ones most beneficial to our hectic lifestyles! From last Friday night’s wine spillages, to that ever-growing pile of laundry, there’s plenty of reasons your cupboards should be stuffed full of our favourite little superfood. Here are some of our favourite all-natural cleaning hacks:
Homemade Soap for Laundry
While mainstream laundry detergents may leave your clothes smelling like you’ve just rolled in a field of passionflowers on a fresh spring day, this pleasant scent comes at a price. Filled with artificial nasties, colourings, bleach and even phosphates, mass-market detergents have severe environmental implications. Cue the coconut oil! This all-natural alternative makes the perfect base for a DIY laundry soap and will leave your clothes smelling even better than a bed of roses. And with only four or five ingredients, it’s incredibly easy to extend the coco-love to your clothes.
What you’ll need:
– 8 tablespoons of coconut oil
– ½ a bar of soap of your choice, grated with a cheese grater
– 2 cups of washing soda
– 10 drops of your favourite essential oil
1. Combine the coconut oil, grated soap and washing soda. Make sure you use gloves as some of these ingredients can be drying to the skin in concentrated form!
2. Add your chosen scent of essential oils and give it another stir.
3. Pop into an airtight jar for safekeeping, and reap the rewards of the coconut!
Top tip: Use 1-2 tablespoons of your all-natural detergent per load.
Seasoning a Cast Iron Skillet
Cast iron skillets are a thing of beauty and a kitchen essential for any real foodie. The question is, do you know how to treat your skillet? Much like Aladdin’s genie lamp, this magic piece of equipment requires a little bit of love to get the most out of it. The term ‘seasoning’ is used to describe the process of coating a new skillet, and you guessed it – coconut oil is perfect for this. All you need is some good quality coconut oil (we can help with that!), an oven, an old rag, and some baking parchment.
1. Place the pan in an oven preheated to 160 degrees celsius for 5-10 minutes.
2. Remove, leave to cool, then rub a thin layer of coconut oil across the pan.
3. Pop your pan back in the oven upside down with a layer of baking parchment underneath to catch any drips.
4. Leave for 1-2 hours, then cool completely in the oven.
Removing Disobedient Labels
We’ve all been there: for one reason or another a label needs to be removed. You might be trying to upcycle a jar, or slyly remove the sticker from an overpriced or underpriced purchase. Whatever the case, you’re left with the painstaking chore of picking away at a label that just won’t budge. Well, cry no more, fellow coconuts. Simply coat the label in question with a layer of coconut oil, leave to soak for a minute or two, then seamlessly remove with your hands or a face cloth.
Click here for more coconutty life hacks.
We’re all guilty of mistreating our skin once in while. Whether we’re falling asleep with our make-up on or indulging in one too many alcoholic beverages or deliciously greasy weekend fry-ups, there’s always something – and let’s not forget the dry wintery weather also doing its best to dry out our precious skin! It’s a hard life. Luckily, research has shown that improving our skin is easier than we initially feared – the key is to tackle it from the inside out, or more specifically, to improve the happiness of our domineering little gut.
In fact, it turns out that some of our most common skin troubles, like the dreaded blotchiness, acne, eczema, dryness, psoriasis and dermatitis, could actually be our gut’s way of expressing its unhappiness. One leading clinician studying the gut-skin connection simply explained:
‘If you want to heal your skin, you have to heal your gut.’*
This is because those smart little gut microflora reportedly affect everything that goes on in the body. From influencing our skin’s sebum production to absorbing vital vitamins and minerals, microflora are even imperative for detoxification! So how do we go about keeping our gut happy?
Read on, coco-lovers! We’ve composed a handy little guide to help you eat your way to flawless, beautiful skin. It’s time to optimise our gut bacteria!
1. Coconut Oil. Naturally we’re starting with our beloved coconut! As we all know our favourite healthy fat may have antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties, which are integral to healing your gut. Coconut oil will get to work targeting the underlying causes of skin problems by gently cleansing our digestive system. It’s also excellent for detoxifying your body, and of course, it is deeply moisturising (so long acne and dry skin!).
2. Fermented foods. Whilst they may not sound overly appealing, fermented foods will kindly gift your gut with trillions of beneficial bacteria to help balance and sustain healthy bacteria levels. By rebalancing your bacteria levels, your body will be equipped to fight off inflammation that can result in conditions such as acne and dermatitis. Bring on the sauerkraut!
3. Garlic. This strongly scented little bulb is descried by some as antibacterial, antiviral and antiseptic, making it highly effective at preventing clogged pores and in turn spots and blemishes. It may just be worth that less-than-lovely garlic breath!
4. Lemons. These incredible little citrus fruits have natural antibacterial properties to help reduce blackheads and prevent breakouts.
Want to read more about the gut – skin connection?
Friday night tipple anyone? Whether you’re gasping for a little beverage after successfully completing dry January or are just planning on doing what you do best, make sure you’re prepared with a super hydrating beverage (like coconut water!) for the aftermath. We swear by coconut water to cure our morning-after woes, and for good reason. It’s amazingly hydrating, and contains antioxidants and electrolytes- specifically potassium, which are key to your post-party recovery!
Drinking alcohol causes our body oxidative stress, inflammation and insane dehydration- all of which our coconut friends can help to relieve! Being low on anti-oxidants can make a hangover even more unpleasant, as your body is less able to prevent and repair damage. Our coconut water comes from young green coconuts which are naturally rich in antioxidants (more so than the mature coconut!) so provide the necessary goods to replenish your anti-oxidant levels. These natural hangover saviours also contain more potassium than a banana- along with calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and sodium, to help replace all those essential electrolytes we so willingly flush out!
So this weekend, enjoy your favourite tipple knowing that coconut water will be there to comfort you the following morning!
See more of the amazing benefits of coconut oil here!
It’s NATIONAL BREAKFAST WEEK! Yes, that means expect even more perfectly positioned pictures of avocado toast and smoothies than usual! The purpose of the campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of a good breakfast to kickstart your day. Despite it being considered the most important meal of the day, around 2/3rds of Brit’s admit they skip breakfast! So to celebrate the campaign, we’ve compiled a delicious list of some of the best coconut-based brekkies that will get you springing out of bed and dancing into work!
Combat these cold, wintery mornings with a warm, toasty bowl of energy packed porridge! Not only will these powerful little oats carry you through to lunch, they’re also a fantastic source of fibre, potassium and vitamins. For a sweet caramel twist add a sprinkle of coconut sugar or a drizzle of coconut syrup, or why not add a splash of colour to your bowl with your favourite fruits!
Who doesn’t love granola? Those sweet, crunchy little clusters. Those juicy raisins and protein-rich nuts. And the coconut, oh, the fresh, crisp coconut! Granola is jam-packed with slow releasing oats and fibre but unfortunately most shop bought cereals are also heavily processed, loaded with sugar and likely to leave you feeling sluggish by 11. So why not make make your own? It’s so deliciously easy to make, plus it wont hurt your already sensitive purse and best of all, it will leave your home smelling like heaven! The flavouring possibilities are endless; from savoury to sweet, and fruity to spiced, so get creative and feel empowered! It’s time to take charge of your granola destiny!
In the midst of this bleak January why not take a sneak peek of the summer sunshine with a bright, colourful and nourishing breakfast smoothie! Loading up on fruit and vegetables first thing in the morning is an excellent way to kickstart your metabolism and set you up for a great day’s work!
4. Oat Bars
This one’s for those of you who approach breakfast with a grab and run manner! Oat bars are a fantastic way of getting that on the go energy boost and are filled with goodness! Plus they’re so simple to make and can be easily adapted to fit your taste. They’re also dangerously tempting when dipped in a jar of our scrumptious coconut jam!
5. Breakfast Pizza
Forget the typical cheese and tomato pizza, this super-healthy breakfast pizza is completely natural, gluten free, and packed with fruity goodness! The oat and banana base is packed with soluble fibre to keep you fuller for longer, which some suggests as an aid to quit snacking and support weight loss!
Pancakes, the queen of the tasty breakfast foods, are not only a delicious reason to get out of bed, they can also be highly nutritious and filled with natural goodness! With endless flavouring possibilities, pancakes can be as healthy or indulgent as you like! For example, using whole wheat flour will increase the levels of calcium, iron, phosphorus and riboflavin whilst still being as delicious as ever. So get adventurous and make early mornings your new best friend!
Keep your underarms happy and odour-free with our DIY completely natural coconut deodorant!
Not convinced? Don’t worry, we were a little sceptical too, but it turns out shop-bought deodorants and antiperspirants could be exposing our precious bodies to some extremely destructive chemicals. In fact, most deodorants we use contain aluminium, a known neurotoxin (a substance that is poisonous or damaging to nerves or nerve tissue), as well as up to 20 other toxic ingredients. (http://bit.ly/1mYkNUM) These harmful chemicals and synthetic preservatives have been linked to allergic reactions, Alzheimers, and even breast cancer in women. (http://bit.ly/1N7fVS1) Plus, by clogging up our sweat glands to prevent us from sweating at all, antiperspirants could actually be interfering with one of our body’s best ways of detoxifying. One research study concluded, “Sweating deserves consideration for toxic element detoxification.” (http://bit.ly/1mVjohh) Deodorants on the other hand, work by simply neutralising the smell of the sweat, instead of completely preventing it – better, but many are still packed with nasty ingredients. Luckily this completely natural deodorant will keep you fresh and odour free without exposing your precious body to any questionable substances! It may require a little more effort than grabbing a deodorant or antiperspirant in your local chemist, but the good news is it will last a whole lot longer and, most importantly; it will keep you naturally fresh!
What you’ll need:
Let’s get started:
1. Begin by melting your coconut oil and shea butter in a heatproof bowl over a simmering pot of water.
2. When melted, carefully remove your bowl from the pot and add in the baking soda and arrowroot then mix until well combined.
3. Now add in your favourite essential oils (if you opted to include them!).
4. Finally, transfer your mixture into a glass mason jar (or any container) ready for use. To apply, simply swipe two fingers into your sweet smelling mixture and gently run on your underarms! As with most deodorants, it’s best to wait a couple of minutes before dressing.
Time to enjoy fresh underarms with your homemade & healthy alternative to deodorants!
See more of the amazing benefits of coconuts here!
Trying to wean your body off coffee? Detox your way to health and happiness? Or reverse the damage of another deliciously overindulgent Christmas? Start your morning with a cup of hot water infused with fresh lemon juice and a spoonful of coconut oil! This simple but highly beneficial detoxifying drink is a great way to get on track with your health goals, whatever your motivations may be.
This tangy concoction will help detox your precious body every day, and best of all, it doesn’t require you to make any ambitious changes to your usual diet. Lemons are citrus fruits but when lemon juice has been fully metabolised and digested by the body, its effect is alkalizing and therefore raises the pH of the body. As nutritionists have suggested, an alkaline body is a healthy body – and while the lemon is aiding pH balance, our delicious coconut oil will be on hand to help flush the body of toxins!
To boost your immune system!
Squeezing the juice from one lemon will provide you with 18.6 milligrams of Vitamin C, helping to make sure that your body is fit to fight off colds and infections! The natural properties of coconut oil, including medium chain fatty acids and monolaurin are also believed to be excellent for boosting immunity.
To promote natural weight loss!
While the lemon juice helps fight off hunger pangs, our coconut friends could help to boost your metabolism and keep your energy levels up! Lemons contain pectin fibre, which is suggested to curb cravings and suppress your appetite! Coconut oil on the other hand, is composed of medium-chain fatty acids, which are transported directly to your liver to be used as energy, instead of being stored as fat. Researchers suggest that by recruiting fat cells and encouraging fat burning our body’s immune system is cranked up a notch and essentially turns into a fabulous fat burning machine!
To encourage healthy digestion!
Studies have shown that the lemon juice in your morning mug can aid digestion as well as gently flush toxins and waste in the digestive tract and help to reduce nasty signs of indigestion such as bloating and heartburn.
To achieve clear and radiant skin!
Coconut oil has been suggested to have both antibacterial and antifungal properties, which is key for maintaining clear skin. It’s also able to penetrate deep into the body tissue due to its small molecular structure, meaning your body will be moisturised from the inside out! Meanwhile the natural properties of lemon will help your skin look hydrated, radiant, and youthful – winning all around!
Find out more of the fantastic benefits of coconut here!
What you’ll need:
Let’s get started!
1. Begin by pouring some water into a large pan over a medium heat.
2. Pop a heatproof bowl on top, making sure it’s not touching the water!
3. Next, throw all your ingredients into the bowl and stir until all ingredients are melted and nicely combined. Then remove from the heat.
4. Leave your concoction to cool for around 1 minute, and then spoon the mixture into your awaiting tins!
5. Finally, pop your tins into the fridge and allow around 1 hour for your lip balms to set.
6. Remove from the fridge, apply to lips and await smooth, glossy lips! (Your lip balms will be happy stored at room temperature!)
See more recipes here!
Unfortunately along with all the festive cheer, this cold and dry wintery weather puts brings great suffering to your precious skin. Luckily, we have the answer to keeping your skin soft all winter. This whipped coconut body butter is completely natural, richly moisturising and as an added bonus, it will leave you smelling like chocolate – what more could we ask for? Unlike, lotions and moisturisers, body butter contains no water, meaning it will take longer to sink into the skin (without being greasy), and moisturise to a deeper level.
The key ingredient is – you guessed it- coconut! Among the many benefits of coconuts, studies have shown its value in minimising water loss and increasing hydration in desperately dry skin. You’re skin will adore you for this, and so will your bank balance- with our step-by step instructions of how to make your own!
This blissful body butter also makes an excellent festive gift – just pop it in a vintage jar, with a ribbon on top and you have the perfect homemade gift to keep your friends and family winter-proof! Shall we get started?
What you’ll need:
Let’s get mixing!
1. Begin by mixing the coconut oil, coconut butter, shea butter and sweet almond oil in a medium sized pot.
2. Gently heat on a low-medium temperature until your ingredients have melted.
3. Once your ingredients have turned to liquid, turn off the heat and leave your mixture to set slightly. To test – stick your finger/a utensil in and make sure it holds the space once removed.
4. Once your concoction is partly set, drop in your essential oils then either combine by hand or with your food processor until you have a velvety smooth mixture with stiff peaks.
5. Transfer your mixture into a dressed up recycled jar. Your delightful body butter can be stored at room temperature, however if you find it turning slightly liquidy again, just re-whisk!
Enjoy your silky, smooth skin!
Coconut milk! You love to cook and bake with it, or even add it to hot beverages for a rich and creamy drink, but did you know it can also be used for beauty purposes? Protein-rich and packed with essential fats, coconut milk is fantastic for hair, helping your tresses become stronger and healthier! Because of this, one of our favourite uses for it is as a repairing hair mask, perfect for coloured, dry, or processed hair. Made with just two ingredients: coconut milk and honey, it’s super-easy and natural, and will leave your hair feeling lush!
Coconut and Honey Repairing Mask
What you’ll need:
-2 tablespoons honey
-200g coconut milk
Let’s get started!
1. Start by mixing the honey and coconut milk until well combined!
2. Apply to damp hair, and massage into scalp. (Massaging your scalp helps stimulate blood flow, which encourages hair growth!)
3. Leave the mask in for an hour for it to really moisturise your hair!
4. Hop in the shower and wash the mask out using your usual shampoo. (Note: you may need to wash twice to fully get the mask out!)
5. Voila – enjoy your gorgeously soft, nourished hair!
With all the messages society sends about fat being bad, it’s understandable that a lot of people think they should be keeping fat out of their diets! However, this is a misconception – in fact, healthy fats are essential to a balanced, healthy diet. Incorporating foods like avocados, fish, nuts, and of course, coconut oil, are great ways to enjoy the health benefits of good fat.
Studies suggest that consuming healthy fats can bring a whole host of benefits to your health! Good fats are said to be great for brain function, help with weight maintenance, boost the metabolism, and even contribute to healthy hair and skin. The important thing is to eat natural, healthy fats – stay away from anything processed and artificial.
Coconut oil is a great and easy way to incorporate healthy fats into your diet. Its medium chain fatty acids are processed directly by the liver and converted to energy, rather than being stored as fat, making it a wonderful addition to a healthy lifestyle. You can take it straight with a tablespoon in the morning, or you can mix it into coffee, cook with it, spread it on toast, and much more – the possibilities are endless!
For a healthy snack, drop the empty carbohydrates and go for options like almonds, pistachios, and walnuts. These nuts are rich in nutrients and vitamins, and keep you feeling fuller longer, helping with weight maintenance! Nuts have even been shown to be heart-healthy: their healthy fats and omega-3 fatty acids could work to help reduce cholesterol and the risk of heart disease.
Fish, eggs, and avocados are other delicious options to incorporate healthy fats and lean proteins into your diet. Drizzle olive oil onto salad instead of sugary salad dressings, and swap out processed cooking oils for coconut oil, and you could be enjoying loads of health benefits already!
Remember that you CAN have too much of a good thing, however. Healthy fats are beneficial additions to your diet, but balance is key, so eat them in moderation. Best of luck on your healthy journey, and happy eating!
We’ve already extolled many of the wonderful virtues of oil pulling – the natural ancient method to oral health – but did you know it can also clear up sinus issues? If you’re suffering from bad colds this autumn, oil pulling may be just the remedy you need to get you feeling back on track again!
Oral health is imperative to the health of the body as a whole, and many issues –from sinus infections to digestive problems and skin conditions – may very well stem from poor oral health. Oil pulling works to remove toxins from the mouth, the idea being to prevent them from getting into the bloodstream and permeating the rest of the body! Sinus infections are caused by a buildup of bacteria in the nasal passage, so oil pulling is a great way to remedy and prevent this problem!
Coconut oil, as you know, is said to be packed with antibacterial and antiviral properties, making it the perfect oil to deep-cleanse the mouth with to get rid of bacteria. Oil pulling works best when done first thing in the morning, before eating. Simply swish a tablespoon or so of coconut oil around your mouth, making sure not to swallow any (as you’d be swallowing the toxins you’ve just pulled out!). Twenty minutes is recommended, but don’t worry if you can’t manage it for that long just yet – any oil pulling is better than none! When you’re done, simply spit the oil into the bin so as to not clog your drain. Some people report clearer sinuses right away, and others may take a bit more time, so keep at it!
You’ll enjoy a cleaner mouth from regular oil pulling and the widespread suggested health benefits that come with good oral hygiene. Still brush your teeth with toothpaste alongside oil pulling for good oral health. If you’re interested in making your own natural toothpaste with coconut oil, simply click here!
Have you experience the benefits of oil pulling? Tell us about it!
Autumn has arrived! You’re probably excited about scarves, hats, and hot drinks – but likely less so about the prospect of catching a cold. Luckily, there are ways to boost your immune system to stop those pesky autumn colds and coughs in their tracks! Here are a few ways to stay happy and healthy this fall:
1. Sleep! Sleep is so important for your body. Making sure to catch between 7-9 hours of Z’s each night is essential, helping with brain function, healthy hormone levels, lower blood pressure, and maintaining healthy skin. Check out our top tips for getting a good night’s rest – complete with a recipe for coconut chamomile bedtime tea!
2. Stay hydrated! Just like a plant, your body needs water to survive. Dehydration is dangerous and can lead to fatigue, headache, and dizziness –as well as more serious health problems! It’s important to actively keep hydrated by drinking lots of water to keep your organs working in top shape. Make sure you drink extra water if you exercise to make up for any water lost through sweat. Coconut water is also naturally very hydrating, so feel free to supplement your water intake with it – it’s delicious on its own, or in juices or smoothies!
3. Exercise! Whether you’re playing sport or just taking a nice stroll around your local area, it’s important to get at least some level of exercise to keep healthy and fit. Exercise helps keep you happy and healthy, and decreases your chances of developing illnesses like diabetes or high blood pressure. And if you’re ever feeling discouraged about starting, just remember – no matter how slow you go, you’re still lapping the people home on the couch!
4. COCONUT OIL! We saved our favourite for last! Coconut oil is a fantastic way to help boost immunity, due to the awesome potential antibacterial and antiviral properties of lauric acid. Also, the MCTs in coconut oil help boost energy and aid digestion, preventing fatigue. Coconut oil is a very versatile oil: you can cook your favourite warming dishes with it, stir it into hot drinks like coffee, and so much more!
Can’t live without your daily coffee hit? Want to take your coffee up a notch? We love putting coconut oil in our coffee, and we’d love to share the benefits of coconutty coffee with you!
Simply putting a spoonful of coconut oil into your coffee in the morning is a great way to provide longer lasting energy and to enjoy all the amazing benefits of coconut oil. You can even add it to the milk when you steam your lattes, giving a velvety smooth froth at the top of your coffee.
As we’ve mentioned before [just once or twice], the medium chain triglycerides (MCTs) in our beloved coconut oil are widely believed to metabolise as fuel rather than being stored as fat. This means that when you consume coconut oil, these MCTs could be immediately converted to energy – perfect for when you’re looking for an instant pick-me-up. The MCTs in coconut oil have also shown signs of boosting your metabolism and helping you feel fuller longer, making them the perfect addition to your morning to keep you going longer!
Whether you’re mixing coconut oil to your espresso, steaming it with your latte, or blending it for frothiness, coconut oil coffee is an easy way to enjoy all natural benefits of coconut oil. And don’t forget that coconut sugar, coconut syrup and coconut honey are all delicious low-GI ways to enjoy all of your desired sweetness in a hot drink without any of the nasties of refined sugar.
There’s more where this came from! Check here for loads of coconutty recipes.
Coconut oil is naturally moisturising and amazing for your hair! It can replace so many products in your bathroom cupboard, and can be used for a variety of hair care uses (including pet shampoo!). Here are some of our favourites to encourage luscious locks!
1. Hair Growth Treatment.
Massaging coconut oil into your scalp is thought to help improve blood circulation, which in turn, could help promote hair growth! Gently massage a small dollop of coconut oil into your scalp for ten minutes at a time before washing your hair. Do this a few times a week for best results.
2. Hair Styling.
Do you use heat while styling your locks? This can be damaging to your hair shafts, causing them to become brittle and dry. Using a bit of coconut oil helps to prevent this damage as well as prevents frizz. You can even use it throughout the day to touch up flyaways – you only need the tiniest amount, as a little goes a long way!
Tangled hair can result in breakage, but coconut oil can help your hair become stronger and less likely to break! Smoothing coconut oil onto your lovley locks can help prevent and remove knots, and helps detangle hair more easily.
People in the tropics have long used coconut oil as a dandruff remedy! The perceived antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of lauric acid are believed to help prevent fungal forms of dandruff, and if the problem is dry skin, coconut oil’s moisturising properties will help. Massage coconut oil into the scalp and leave on for 15 minutes before washing your hair. Repeat every 3-4 days.
5. Deep conditioning hair mask.
Coconut oil is a great way to naturally condition the hair. Rather than sitting on top of your hair like other oils, the lauric acid in coconut oil really binds to the hair proteins which helps your hair retain its natural moisture. For best results, you can leave it in overnight (you can sleep with a shower cap on or just put your hair in a bun on top of your head!), and wash it as normal in the morning. Adding essential oils like lavender oil or sandalwood oil can help repair damaged or dry hair alongside the coconut oil.
These are just some of our favourite benefits of coconut oil for hair, but we’d love to hear from you about how else you use coconut oil in the bathroom!
Maybe you’ve already tried our DIY coconut oil baby wipes, or if you’re a coconut lover, it probably comes as no surprise that coconut oil has loads more incredible benefits for babies! Gentle on skin (for both mum and baby) and suggested to be packed with antioxidants and antibacterial properties, it’s great for babies both inside and out. We’ve outlined some of our favourite baby uses below: let us know which you’ve tried and which you loved the best!
1. Baby Massage: Massaging your baby has lots of benefits. It relaxes them – thus reducing crying and fussiness and helping them get to sleep better. It can even relieve colic and constipation, leading to less crying! Use coconut oil as a massage oil – it melts on contact with skin, so you don’t need a lot, and it will leave baby’s skin feeling soft and smelling lovely.
2. Nappy Rash: Ditch the chemical-laden nappy rash creams and opt for our all-natural coconut oil instead. Its natural moisturising properties are perfect for soothing nappy rash.
3. Cradle Cap: If your infant has a flaky scalp, coconut oil is fantastic to soothe the skin and get it back to normal. Using coconut oil will add moisture to baby’s skin, and is ideal for very sensitive skin like that on your babies heads. Researchers propose that the antifungal properties of coconut oil could even work to prevent cradle cap from coming back!
4. Unruly Hair: If your little tot has messy or unruly hair, coconut oil is a great natural conditioner to get tangles and knots out. Simply rub it through their hair, give it time to work its magic, then rinse out with their regular shampoo!
5. Bath Time: Coconut oil is a fantastic bath oil to add to the tub whilst bathing your little one. It will leave their skin feeling lovely, clean, and moisturised. Add a drop of pure lavender essential oil to make it extra soothing.
6. Relieve and moisturise skin: Sometimes babies get rashes on their faces, and coconut oil can be a great way to remedy them! Simply massage a tiny bit of coconut oil onto baby’s face at night and it should help clear up their skin.
7. Breast Feeding: Coconut oil is thought to be fantastic for breast-feeding mothers for multiple reasons! If breast-feeding mothers incorporate coconut oil into their diets, their breast milk will have high levels of lauric acid – thus passing the amazing health benefits of coconut oil onto their baby! Additionally, breast-feeding can be painful, leaving the nipples cracked and dry. Coconut oil is a great way to moisturise and repair breast-feeding nipples – and if your baby is feeding after application of coconut oil, no worries: the coconut oil is great for them too!
8. Improved Digestion: If your baby has moved past the breast-feeding stage, it’s perfectly okay to feed them coconut oil directly! You can either mix it into their food, or simply feed it to them by the spoonful. Use a tablespoon per day for your little one to enjoy all the health and digestive benefits proposed by industry professionals.
9. Thrush and Candida Treatment: Coconut oil’s prospective anti-fungal properties make it an excellent natural remedy for thrush and candida when taken internally or externally. Oral thrush in the mouth is a common fungal infection that occurs in babies and toddlers. Dab some coconut oil in baby’s mouth or if mum eats coconut oil and applies it to her nipples before breastfeeding, both mum and baby will receive the indicated immune boosting benefits of coconut oil.
10. DIY Baby Wipes: Make your own homemade coconut oil wipes. They’re a great all-natural alternative to traditional baby wipes, leaving skin soft and smelling great.
Wondering why the world has gone nuts of coconuts? Check out some of the amazing benefits of coconut oil here!
We know what you’re thinking – more uses for coconut oil?! Is there anything that coconut oil can’t do? Incredibly versatile, coconut oil is great for cooking, skincare – and the home! Its antibacterial properties make it a great natural cleaner. You can really save on money and space by utilising coconut oil for all its incredible uses! Here are some of our favourite ways to make the most of coconut oil around the home:
1. Stain remover. Coconut oil is great for removing stains from upholstery and carpets! Simply mix a bit of coconut oil with baking soda (same as you would to make homemade whitening toothpaste!) and rub directly onto the stain to loosen it.
2. Bronze polish. If you have any bronze items that are starting to look a bit dull, coconut oil is to the rescue! Just rub a little bit on – it will clean the bronze as well and deepen the colour and shine!
3. Wood polish. Easy and natural! Simply mix a bit of coconut oil with lemon juice, and use to polish any wood furniture or floors.
4. Rust remover. Don’t bin those scissors or tools just yet! Rub some coconut oil onto the blades, and let sit for about an hour before rinsing it off – the rust should come off.
5. Label remover. Got any pesky labels that you want to get off but don’t want any residue? Just grab the coconut oil and baking soda again! Just one teaspoon of each should be enough to get the label and gunk off easily.
6. Leather polish. Use a clean cloth to condition leather shoes and furniture.
Have any other interesting household uses for coconut oil? Share with us!
Those of you with dogs may have noticed something funny happen when you coat yourself with coconut oil: you become your furry friend’s new favourite chew toy. It’s safe to say, pets are just as loco for the coco as we are. And, all of its amazing benefits apply to man’s best friend too!
All the natural benefits of coconut oil that we enjoy, can also work wonders for your pets. Plus, unlike other herbal supplements, they usually love the taste of coconut oil! Here are some of our favourite suggestions on how to share the power of the coconut with your furry friends.
1. Aid digestion. Just like with humans, coconut oil is thought to have digestive benefits for animals. Simply mix it in with their food – or let them lick it straight off the spoon.
2. Improve coats. If you’re here, reading this, you most likely love the conditioning and moisturising effect coconut oil has on your own hair and skin – so why not share this natural beauty tip with your pets? They too can achieve soft, shiny and luscious looking hair by simply adding a small amount of coconut oil when you bathe or brush them. Check out our DIY pet shampoo.
3. Deodorising. As much as we adore our pets, we can’t deny that they can get a bit smelly at times. Just as we can use coconut oil as a natural deodorant, it also works like a charm rubbed into our pets’ coats to freshen it up!
4. Disinfect cuts. So, your precious little pooch has arrived home from their adventures with some nasty cuts or scrapes? Not to worry. Our favourite superfood’s suggested antibacterial properties can be great for soothing and disinfecting cuts.
5. Picky eaters. If your pet is a picky eater, coconut oil is a great way to get them to eat more and get health benefits in the process. Mixing it through their food will make their food taste better, leading them to eat more of it. Best of all, unlike other less-appetising natural supplements, they usually adore the taste of coconut oil and won’t squirm away – quite the opposite, in fact!
How much coconut oil should I give my pet?
The recommended serving size for your furry friend is based on their size. As a general rule, we would suggest one teaspoon per 10 pounds. However it’s advisable to start slow at about 1/4 of the suggested dosage, then building it up as your four-legged friend gets used to it.
Oil pulling! You’ve heard of it, and perhaps you’ve tried it and seen some wonderful results in the health of your teeth and gums! However, did you know that the amazing benefits of this ancient practice go far beyond just oral health? With other possible benefits including reducing headaches, clearer skin, clearing hormone imbalances, and detoxifying the body, daily oil pulling with raw organic virgin coconut oil can be incredible for your overall health and is definitely something to try out.
The health of the mouth is inextricably linked to the health of the body as a whole. Bacteria in the mouth and gums can lead to other, more serious, health problems, including stroke, heart disease, and diabetes. It is very important to take good care of your teeth and gums to ensure bacterial overgrowth and plaque do not occur! Oil pulling cleanses your mouth by dramatically reducing the amount of bacteria in the teeth and gums, allowing your overall health to benefit in turn.
As oil pulling detoxifies the mouth (and by extension, the body!), it could help with increased energy. The body won’t need to expend as much energy clearing toxins. By cleansing harmful bacteria and fungal overgrowth at the source, you can potentially stop these toxins from travelling through the body and affecting cells and organs – including the skin! Removing these toxins could also help to prevent headaches.
So there you have it! Just one of the many benefits of coconut oil. If you’re after a natural way to look and feel great, inside and out, consider oil pulling. We love it, and we think you will too!
So by now, you’ve learned all about the health benefits of coconut oil and medium chain triglycerides (MCTs for short!) – let’s go a bit further in depth about the potential metabolic benefits of coconut oil!
Researchers propose that MCT fats burn more calories than LCTs (long chain triglycerides), because they are sent directly to the liver and are immediately converted into energy rather than being stored as fat! Coconut oil is packed with MCTs, and is said to be naturally thermogenic, meaning it increases energy expenditure compared to the equivalent calories from other fats! Studies have indicated that 1-2 tablespoons of medium chain fats per day increased energy expenditure by 5 percent, or approximately 120 calories per day!
When the MCTs from coconut oil are sent to the liver, they are then converted into ketone bodies, which are immediately converted into fuel, and can possibly have a powerful effect on reducing appetite! This will help you automatically consume fewer calories and prevent weight gain. Coconut oil is suggested to be especially beneficial for reducing abdominal fat, and when combined with a healthy diet and exercise, can help with overall weight loss!
Don’t go overboard, though! 2 – 3.5 tablespoons of coconut oil a day is sufficient to take advantage of these health benefits. Coconut oil will help you feel fuller longer and you’ll be less inclined to consume junk food. Remember to eat mindfully, and most importantly – enjoy these fantastic metabolic benefits!
Find out more about the health and beauty uses of coconut oil!
Saturated fat. It almost feels like a dirty word – especially if you pay attention to the way it’s portrayed in the media! We’ve been told to avoid saturated fats, that they’re bad for you and will cause weight gain and heart problems. But, what if certain saturated fats were actually incredibly beneficial for your health!?
Well, researchers suggest that not all saturated fats are equal, and the difference is really quite simple. Man-made saturated fats, which are artificial and hydrogenated and present in processed foods, vegetable and seed oils, are bad for your health. These fats are also known as trans fats and it is this artificial hydrogenation process that causes all the health problems you know about.
However, there is another type of saturated fat – natural saturated fat that occurs in nature! Coconut oil is filled with this type, and it could actually have many wonderful health benefits. Because this is naturally occurring and not artificially added, it is proposed to does not become trans fat and does not clog your arteries or give you health problems. Instead, it is naturally packed with a rare saturated fatty acid called lauric acid. This makes up over half of coconut oil’s fat content.
Lauric acid is converted in the body to monolaurin, which some suggest has loads of antibacterial, antiviral, and antiprotozoal properties. It could potentially help treat and prevent disease, and coconut oil has it in spades – more than any other substance on earth! Coconut oil is also rich in medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), whereas artificial, hydrogenated saturates have long chain fatty acids (LCFAs) instead. LCFAs are possibly the cause of the negative health problems associated with saturated fat, as they are difficult for the body to digest, strain your organs, and store as fat and artery-clogging cholesterol.
Coconut oil has no LCFAs but is packed with MCFAs, which researchers suggest are easy to digest, sent directly to the liver and are immediately converted to energy, are not stored as fat, and even stimulate the metabolism! This is ideal especially for diabetics and pre-diabetics, as it can give you fast-acting energy that doesn’t produce an insulin spike, and can be used instead of carbs!
Many studies have been done demonstrating that tropical populations who consume high-fat coconut based diets are among the healthiest on Earth! Some suggest that these are some of the most healthy people out there! In the face of evidence like this, it becomes apparent that saturated fats are definitely not created equal – and that natural saturated fats certainly shouldn’t be tarred with the same brush as their awful artificial counterparts.
Put that vegetable and palm oil in the bin, and switch to coconut oil! Your body will thank you.
You know fruits and vegetables are good for you – your mum probably reminded you of that enough in your youth! However, ‘eat your greens’ isn’t the only adage to remember when selecting healthy food: be sure to eat your reds, oranges, whites and purples too! Each colour comes packed with its own very special range of health benefits – so let us walk you through some of them, and get ready to pile your dishes each day with the whole nutritious rainbow!
Red fruits and vegetables are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins C and A, manganese, fibre, and lycopene. Manganese is an antioxidant mineral suggested to neutralise damaging free radicals in the body while building healthy bones and assisting metabolic activity. Lycopene is said to reduce cancer risk, while vitamin C potentially building immunity. Choose foods like tomato, red grapefruit, and watermelon to enjoy some of these fantastic benefits.
Vitamins C and A are the most notable benefits found in orange fruits and vegetables. Citrus fruits are loaded with vitamin C, said to boost immunity and lowering risk of illness. Orange vegetables such as carrots are packed with vitamin A, which researchers suggest assists in body growth and development, and can help with eyesight – so go on and load up your plate!
Vegetables such as squash and yellow bell peppers are loaded with manganese, Vitamin A and magnesium. Magnesium can potentially help to build bone density and prevent hypertension. Try Kelly’s Butternut Squash Soup to add some yellow to your bowl!
Onions, garlic, dates, brown pears and bananas are all considered ‘white’ fruit or vegetables. They contain nutrients such as beta-glucans, which researchers suggest are powerful immune boosters and have been found to potentially reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers. Bananas are packed with potassium – said by some to be great for muscle recovery and preventing cramps. Coconuts can also be considered a part of this category! You can read all about the benefits of coconuts here!
Green fruit and vegetables are super-healthy, from spinach to asparagus and everything in between. Some notable nutrients in greens include lutein, folate, calcium and fiber. The nutrients found in greens have been found to support healthy eyesight, digestion and the immune system. Load up with a healthy salad, or sneak your greens into a cheeky smoothie, and start basking in the nutritious benefits of these fantastic vegetables!
Blueberries are actually regarded as one of the healthiest fruits! These sweet little babies are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. This is said to promote healthy skin, protect the brain from toxins and boost immunity! They are also rich in ellagic acid, which is suggested by some to help destroy harmful cells such as those that cause cancer.
Purple fruits and vegetables have their own unique benefits, too. Fruits like plum, blackcurrants, and blackberries are packed with antioxidants that are loaded with beauty benefits. They potentially prevent blood cell breakage and destruction of collagen, which is essential for healthy radiant skin. Purple vegetables like aubergine are similarly nutritious – eat them to enjoy loads of vitamin A and flavonoids, which have a host of great natural benefits too!
How can you encourage your kids to eat more fruit and vegetables?
This Rainbow Activity is a great little idea to get them excited about their food!
Why use coconut oil to clean my teeth?
So you already know all about oil pulling and the incredible ways coconut oil can work to detoxify your mouth – but did you know it can also work as a whitening toothpaste!? Say goodbye to the artificial, chemical-laden commercial toothpastes, and start making your own natural toothpaste at home – you’ll even save money in the process!
Because coconut oil is said by some to be packed with amazing antibacterial and antifungal properties, it can help to destroy tooth decay-causing bacteria. Baking soda could help whiten and clean teeth, as well as restore pH balance in your mouth. Because there’s only two completely natural ingredients, you’ll know exactly what’s going onto your teeth!
The mouth is linked to the digestive system, and having poor oral hygiene can lead to other illnesses and health issues. One yeast in particular that enables dental disease is Candida Albicans. This yeast affects not just the mouth but also the digestive system, inhibiting normal digestion. Brushing your teeth with coconut oil could be an effective weapon against Candida Albicans due to its potential antifungal properties!
This homemade toothpaste only has three ingredients: coconut oil, baking soda, and peppermint oil! Peppermint oil is a completely natural essential oil, which provides a cooling sensation and natural fresh flavouring that help freshen bad breath. It also helps your homemade toothpaste taste more like the minty toothpaste you’re used to – in a completely natural incarnation, of course!
You can also use this natural toothpaste for your dogs too! – Coconut oil is just as great for your dog’s health as it is ours!
What you’ll need:
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil
– 2 tablespoons baking soda
– 10 drops peppermint oil
Let’s get started!
– In a small container, mix your baking soda and coconut oil until it reaches a paste-like consistency.
– Add several drops of peppermint oil and mix in.
– Brush those pearly whites!