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Why I Love Coconut Oil {& Eggnog Protein Shake}

16
Dec

Holiday Eggnog Protein Shake 01

I’ve decided to start a new feature here on Colourful Palate. It’s called “Fresh Focus Friday” where I focus on a healthy food, why it’s so great for us, and then a recipe to go with it!

So today’s feature is about coconut oil…and when Tropical Traditions contacted me about doing a review about it, I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to say why I’m so in love with coconut oil.

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I feel like I’m learning so much about healthy fats right now. As mentioned in a previous post, I went to a Natropath (natural doctor) a couple weeks ago and I was informed that I don’t eat enough healthy fats. She said that if I ate a high-fat, protein filled, and low-carb diet comprised of healthy foods that my body/hormones would be more balanced. The part about low-carbs and protein didn’t surprise me…my body feels best on that kind of diet…and that’s generally what I try to do. However, the high-fat thing surprised me. She gave me “permission” to eat limitless healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, avocado, butter, cream, and coconut oil (all preferably organic). Really?

SO ever since I got back from her office, I’ve been trying the high-fat thing and reading a lot about high-fat (healthy) diets. I’m becoming a convert. Why? I feel really, really good. I’m not as ravenous as usual; yet I’m not snacking as often. I seem to have more energy. I’m also pretty sure I haven’t gained any weight.

Here’s a couple books I really recommend for learning more about the benefits of fat! I’m reading them both right now…and enjoying them immensely.

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Eat Fat Look Thin

Now onto the coconut oil thing….

Why I’m crazy about coconut oil!

Weight Loss – Coconut oil actually stimulates the thyroid which promotes weight loss! Also, it increases your body’s metabolism by removing stress on the pancreases, which burns more energy (calories!). I’m all for that!

High Smoke Point – Coconut oil is a very stable oil. Heating a lot of healthy fats on the stove will actually turn those healthy fats into trans fats, but coconut oil can withstand a lot more heat! At our house, we try to just use coconut oil or butter on the stove.

Energy – The special thing about coconut oil is the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which are actually a form of saturated fat. However, our body processes these MCTs much better than from fat that doesn’t have these MCTs. Within moments of these MCTs being eaten, they are converted by the liver to energy. The digestion of coconut oil is effortless. This makes it a perfect mid-workout energy gel (mixed with some natural sweetener, a pinch of salt, and maybe some lemon juice!) Coconut oil is great for athletes!

Immunity – Coconut oil actually strengthens our immune system. A tablespoon of this tropical oil is a great idea when you’re feeling a flu coming on! Who knew? I’m planning on taking a tablespoon daily just for illness prevention, especially since it’s flu/cold season right now!

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A spoonful of coconut oil keeps the doctor away!

Healing Powers – Ages ago, I broke out with a strange, red, raised rash. It covered a large area and I had no idea how I got it! But I smothered the rash with coconut oil that night and the next day it was literally gone…without a trace that there had even been a rash! It was crazy. I now use it as lotion for body and my face.

There’s so much more about coconut oil that I love, but at least there’s a taste of some of the great things it can do for us!

(Note: These are health claims…they may or may not be true. Check with your own natural health professional to see what works best for you.)

I’m so grateful that Tropical Traditions sent me a jar! Literally, I have never tried such great coconut oil! It is the most natural coconut oil brand I’ve found and I am a big fan for life. They process their oils as naturally as possible, producing a top-notch “Gold Standard” product. I love the light coconut taste (don’t worry; it’s not noticeable if you use it in your chocolate chip cookie recipe!).

I also really admire the company as well! They are not stingy! I mean, look at how they package it! They filled the coconut oil right to the brim! I’ve noticed a lot of health companies fill their jars/boxes three-quarters or even half full…and it always makes me feel like I’ve paid too much…Tropical Traditions treats their customers right with great ethics!

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I love that they use a glass jar. I don’t like the idea of a lot of our health foods being stored in plastic…there’s a million reasons it’s bad for us health-wise! I say, the less plastic the better!

I’ve been using this oil for cooking, baking, and my raw smoothies & treats. But I also love to use this product for my body/face lotion and my eye makeup remover. I’ve even tried washing my face with it! (I just learned that coconut oil is a good toothpaste because it’s antimicrobial, so that’s up next to try!)

All in all, I love Tropical Tradition’s coconut oil. It’s the best coconut oil I have ever tried and I will keep on using it! (We even have big bucket of this stuff stocked in the pantry!)

Whew! That was a big post…now for the important part! The coconut oil recipe…

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Holiday Eggnog Protein Shake

  1. ½ cup coconut milk
  2. ½ cup almond milk, unsweetened
  3. 1 tray ice
  4. 1 tbsp. raw coconut oil
  5. 2 packets Nustevia
  6. 1 tsp. nutmeg
  7. ½ tsp. cinnamon
  8. ½ tsp. guar gum
  9. 1 tsp. vanilla
  10. 2 scoops vanilla protein powder

Blend this all up! Garnish each serving with a sprinkle of nutmeg! Serves 2.

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I love using NuStevia so much! Calorie free and sugar-free…

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I had this as my lunch the other day and this is seriously the creamiest shake I’ve ever had in my life! It was kind of epic. Enjoy this low sugar, low carb, and high-healthy fat shake guilt free!

Nutritional Info (per serving, without protein powder)*: Cals: 350, Fat: 36g, Sodium: 19mg, Carbs: 8g, Fiber: 4g, Sugars: 4.5g, Protein: 3g

*Take note that calories/fat will differ depending what kind of coconut oil you use.

Hope you enjoyed this first feature of Fresh Focus Friday! I had fun getting it together!

Here’s a couple links if you’re interested in learning more about coconut oil:

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

Why Coconut Oil is Good for You

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

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21 Responses to “Why I Love Coconut Oil {& Eggnog Protein Shake}”

  1. Kelly @ Free Spirit Food

    Nice, I definitely want to try coconut oil!

  2. shannonmarie (rawdorable)

    I totally want that smoothie. I know what I’m having for snack today :-)

  3. Lauren @ What Lauren Likes

    How cool! I’ve never tried it before :)

  4. Heidi @ Food Doodles

    Yummy! I am all over eggnog flavored things this year. I think I’m just crazy about nutmeg which this has plenty of :D I love coconut oil too, it is so yummy and I love the health benefits.

  5. Kim Bee

    I have been dying to try coconut oil but it’s so darned expensive. I have it on my list for the next market visit though. Need to check this stuff out. Your shake looks really tasty.

  6. Shabs

    We in south india cook a lot with coconut oil , you provided a lot of info , great read Charrissa :) .

  7. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    I love coconut oil — I use it in curries as well :)

    This looks like a yummy mug of delicious holiday beverage. Healthy too!

  8. Tracey L.

    Charissa, what is guar gum? I have all the ingredients to make this shake except for that and am wondering if I can leave it out. Looks like a great recipe.
    Thanks!!

  9. Charissa

    Tracey~ You can leave it out! It’s just a gluten-free thickener that I sometimes add to make the shake even thicker.

  10. Matt @ The Athlete's Plate

    Have you ever tried coconut butter? Or TT coconut peanut butter? Both are amazing!

  11. Charissa

    Matt~ No…I’m so curious to try those now! Thanks for bringing those products to my attention! :)

  12. Allie K

    Yum! If I don’t want to use the protein powder, should i drop a little bit of vanilla in?

  13. Charissa

    Allie K~ Sure! Why not?! :) Maybe 1/2 – 1 tsp…

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  15. Janel

    What protein powder to you prefer?

  16. Charissa

    Janel- If you’re going fo a whey protein look for one w/ very few ingredients, unsweetened if possible. For a vegan powder, I love LOVE Vega’s proteins so much!

  17. Catherine Sardella-Josling

    love all this great information

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  21. Marcos

    Virgin coconut oil removes make up easily and even moisturizes your
    face in the process. You can even add coconut oil to just about any of your meals even if you already combine it with chocolate.
    Make sure that you massage the oil into the scalp with your
    fingertips, rather than scratching the scalp with your nails.


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