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How I Like My Coffee.

A delicious and creamy coffee that packs a powerful nutritional punch!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup of coffee, or chai tea
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (or more, I usually put in 2-3 tablespoons)
  • 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • a few drops of stevia extract (optional)
Instructions
  1. Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Mix on high speed for 20 seconds until frothy. Drink immediately and enjoy all the energy!

Coffee With Coconut Oil

The idea of coconut oil in coffee might sound strange at best – and unappealing at worst. But believe it or not, it whips up to a beautiful, frothy, satisfying hot drink – with some surprising health benefits.

The health benefits of coconut oil

With its antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, coconut oil has been gaining a reputation as a superfood. Coconut oil might help to:

•reduce hunger
•boost metabolism
•improve immune system
•support proper brain function
•maintain healthy skin and hair
•regulate blood sugar
•increase energy levels
•balance hormones
•improves digestion

What you need to make coconut coffee

•a fresh cup of coffee (or tea if you’re not a coffee-drinker)
•one to two tablespoons of coconut oil (start with one and work your way up until you’ve found the amount that works best for you)
•two to three tablespoons of coconut milk

optional add-ins
•a few squares of 80% dark chocolate
•spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger

How to make your coconut coffee

Brew a cup of coffee using your favourite method – I usually use my french press. Add the coconut oil and coconut milk and let it melt in the hot coffee.

I also often add a shake of cinnamon for flavour. Sometimes I also add a tablespoon of ghee or a few squares of dark chocolate for extra richness. Some days I forgo the coffee altogether and make coconut chai tea, which is just as delicious.

Now, if you stop here, with coconut oil floating in your hot drink, then you’ll have a hard time gagging it down. The oil will pool at the top of your coffee, leaving you with a slimy, viscous and decidedly unappealing drink.

The trick is to mix it well, using a blender. After a few minutes, you’ll have a beautifully-lightened, creamy, cappuccino-like cup of heaven.

 

Ayurveda Analysis of Coconut Oil

Coconut is somewhat heavy and slimy by nature. Both the taste as well as after taste are sweet and it is cold in action. Therefore according to the Ayurvedic view, coconut aids in balancing the distortion in the body systems caused by aggravation of either the air or the fire body humors or the Vata and Pitta doshas. Therefore coconut is extremely useful in treating the related ailments.

Good News for Weight Management and Weight Loss

It is believed that coconut oil stimulates the metabolism and improves thyroid function while it also removes the stress on the pancreas. Unlike most of the oils, coconut oil contains short and medium range fatty acids which can be easily digested and metabolised. This is believed to be exceedingly beneficial for women to lose abdomen fat and waist circumference. The fats in coconut are medium chain fatty acids (MFCA’s) which can be more easily digested and converted into energy, thus actually enhancing the fat metabolism. Rather it is being suggested that in case you are overweight, you need to take to coconut oil so as to metabolize the fat that is already present in your body.

Coconut oil as Nutritional Diet Supplement

Coconut oil is a rich source of fibre, minerals and vitamins and is believed to have more than ninety percent saturated fats. It is therefore also recommended for weak and debilitated individuals so as to regain body weight, strength and stamina. Lauric acid, a compound found in coconut oil, is also present in mother’s milk which is a wonderful source of building the body’s immunity. Coconut oil also improves your body’s ability to utilize blood sugar efficiently, which reduces the chances of having low blood sugar. Coconut oil contains so many antioxidants and therefore resists oxidation. All the more, as coconut oil is almost completely saturated, it ideal for cooking because it is nearly a completely saturated fat, which means it can tolerate high heat in the cooking and does not oxidize the fats making them into toxins. These toxins result into Ama production in the body resulting into production of various ailments, obesity and bad cholesterol.

Coconut oil Helps Reduce Cholesterol

Coconut oil helps to increase the good cholesterol and at the same time lowers the bad cholesterol. This is mainly because the medium chain fatty acids or the MFCA’s being small or medium chained fatty acids do not enter the lymphatic system or blood stream. Rather these are quickly digested, even without the aid of pancreatic enzymes, and are transported via the hepatic portal vein to the liver. It is for this reason that the coconut oil essentially lowers the cholesterol and enhances fat metabolism.

Coconut Oil is Boon for your Hair

In India, most of the households have been extensively using coconut oil since ages for scalp massage both for hair care and also to cure hair related maladies like hair fall, dandruff and damaged hair. By the virtue of the cooling, calming and nutritive properties that coconut oil holds, it is considered to be highly beneficial for hair growth, hair conditioning and toning, repairing of damaged and dry hair, and also for combatting dandruff due to its inbuilt natural anti-microbial property.

Coconut Oil for Skin Care and Beauty

Topical use of coconut oil is highly recommended both as preventive as well as curative beauty and skin care remedy. Massaging the body and face with coconut oil is remarkable for keeping away wrinkles, sagging skin and signs of early aging; as it is one of the best natural moisturiser and skin nourishment therapy.  Also, the antioxidant, healing and anti-microbial properties imbibed in the coconut oil naturally, makes it to be largely supportive in treating skin maladies like psoriasis, dermatitis, sunburns, eczema and dry skin.

Amicable for Heart Health

Coconut oil is high in saturated fats and contains lauric acid which prevents high cholesterol and high blood pressure, and also does not lead to increased LDL levels. It is therefore one of the recommended oils for boosting heart health and preventing damage to the vital organ.

Healing Property of Coconut Oil

Ayurveda believes that when coconut oil is applied on wounds it forms a shield and prevents entry of dust, bacteria and virus. Also, it speeds up the healing process while repairing damaged tissue. Coconut oil has the natural property to heal wounds, help in decreasing an inflammation and also it relieves the burning in the skin.

Coconut Oil for Candida and Yeast Infection

Many a times you could be having symptoms like fatigue, poor memory, mood swings, chronic coughs and sinus infections, recurrent fungal infections, blurred vision and abdominal pain etc which are related to Candida or the yeast infection in your digestive tract disrupting your digestive flora. Coconut oil which has natural antiviral, antimicrobial and antifungal properties as it is high in both lauric acid and caprylic acid, provides great help to relieve the candida infection in the body.

Advantageous for Your Liver

Coconut oil being soothing calming and cooling by nature is believed to be one of the best Pitta pacifying oils. It therefore is good aid to recover a liver deficient in fats and to soothe an overheated liver. Also, coconut oil protects the liver from damage done through alcohol.

Coconut: The Wonder Food

 

The whole issue of saturated fat dangers is falling apart gradually, although  there are still many diet and medical experts still inside its crumbling  edifice. The fact is unprocessed saturated fats are necessary for good health. Most of the “science” against coconut oil was based on heat-processed  hydrogenated coconut oil  ( which can cause plaque in artery walls).
Now that the cholesterol and saturated  fat misinformation is fading, everyone can enjoy the liberal use of healthy  saturated fats. One of the healthiest saturated fats is coconut oil. Organic,  cold-pressed virgin coconut oil is the healthiest choice.

Some facts about Coconut oil:

  • It is quite rich in fibre and it  represents an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, to the point that the  coconut palm is actually viewed as the tree of life. Thankfully, its long list  of health benefits that is passed on from a generation to another has now for  the most part been validated by modern science.
  • It is now used  around the world to treat a vast spectrum of health conditions such as  abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation,  cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhoea, irregular  or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea,  rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections, sore throat, swelling, syphilis,  toothache, tuberculosis, tumours, typhoid, ulcers, upset stomach, weakness, and  wounds.
  • Skin tissues tend to harden and lose elasticity as we age therefore the  end result is sagging and wrinkled skin. Rubbing coconut oil on wrinkles and sagging skin can help rejuvenate it by strengthening the tissues. Applying the same method is  also a great way to fight off skin problems such as psoriasis, dermatitis, and  eczema.
  • One of the easiest signs to notice struggling and aging skin is  the appearance of brown, freckle-like spots which are also referred to as liver  spots. Coconut oil can help in the removal of these liver spots.

Some of the ways you can use coconut oil include:

  1. You can add a spoonful or two into your coffee, cereal or in the smoothies of your  choice, especially if you can’t handle the taste of coconut oil directly.
  2. Coconut water has become the sports drink of choice for  health conscious athletes and those who work out strenuously.  It is very hydrating and keeps the cramps away regardless of the heat and  humidity.
  3. Coconut oil has a low smoke temperature. So it’s not the  choice for high heat cooking. But it’s excellent for sautéing veggies at low  heat. It had been the choice oil for cooking in many countries for hundreds of years, before the misinformation about coconut oil caused many of these communities to start using other, more dangerous, vegetable oils.
  4. You can make coconut milk  or shredded  coconut can be added to yogurt or cereal.
  5. Celiac sufferers can make your own tasty cakes, muffins. pastries  and breads using coconut flour. Coconut flour gives amazing results, and it’s  healthy.
  6. High quality coconut  oil is excellent as a skin moisturizer or lotion. It can actually help heal  psoriasis, dermatitis, or eczema. It can also serve as a base for facial  treatments or as a hair conditioner. Coconut oil is loaded with  antioxidants to help keep your skin from aging too rapidly.
  7. Blend together 2 tablespoonful of virgin coconut oil, a juice of half a lemon, a clove of garlic. a piece of ginger and some apple juice to make a detox preparation that be taken on a daily basis. In addition to being a liver detox, it will keep you healthy, more energetic and help you lose weight at the same time.

Coconut Oil: Cure for Diabetes?

A new study by The Garvan Institute of Medical Research (which now one of Australia’s largest medical research institutions with nearly 500 scientists, students and support staff) with animals demonstrates that a diet rich in coconut oil protects against ‘insulin resistance’ (an impaired ability of cells to respond to insulin) in muscle and fat. The diet also avoids the accumulation of body fat caused by other high fat diets of similar calorie content. Together these findings are important because obesity and insulin resistance are major factors leading to the development of Type 2 diabetes.

The study is also interesting because it helps explain human studies showing that people who incorporate medium chain ‘fatty acids’, such as those found in coconut oil, into their diets can lose body fat. The medium chain fatty acids, like those found in coconut oil, are interesting because they behave very differently to the fats normally found in our diets. Unlike the long chain fatty acids contained in animal fats, medium chain fatty acids are small enough to enter mitochondria – the cells’ energy burning powerhouses – directly, where they can then be converted to energy.

When people eat a high fat diet, their bodies attempt to compensate by increasing their capacity to oxidise fat. The medium chain fatty acid (coconut oil) diet was more effective at increasing the oxidative capacity of muscle than the long chain fatty acid (lard) diet leading to less fat storage in muscle and better insulin action.

If someone is trying to prevent weight gain, we can see they may benefit from substituting oils containing medium chain fatty acids for other oils in their diet, as long as consideration is given to the potential problem of excess fat in the liver.

Unfortunately the downside to eating medium chain fatty acids is that they can lead to fat build up in the liver, an important fact to be taken into consideration by anyone considering using them as a weight loss therapy. Using coconut as a substitute for other oils and using it in moderation is a good idea. Remember that many communities had used coconut oil for daily use for many centuries without any problems. (Islanders have consumed large amounts of coconut oil for many generations without ever encountering diabetes, but when they abandoned it for other foods and oils, the results were disastrous).

Coconut Recipes: Banana and Coconut Bread

Ingredients:

  • 400 g ripe banana
  • 6 free range / organic eggs
  • 4 fresh pitted dates
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 60 ml (1/4 cup)  macadamia nut oil, coconut oil or cold pressed olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 70 g (1/2  cup) coconut flour
  • 20 g (1/4 cup) chia seed

Method:

  1. Preheat your oven to 150 C. (fan forced) 170 C ( no fan)
  2. Combine banana, dates, oil, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs and baking powder into a blender or food processor and blend until creamy and combined  – alternatively you can do this by hand in a large bowl.
  3. Add the coconut flour and chia seeds and mix through.
  4. Rest for 10 minutes to allow the chia and coconut flour to expand.
  5. Lightly oil one loaf tin and then line with baking paper –  The size I used was: 10 1/2 cm wide and 26 cm long.
  6. Spoon batter into the tin – at this stage you can decorate the bread with flaked coconut of sliced banana before baking.
  7. Bake for  50 – 55  minutes ( a skewer inserted into the centre should come out dry).
  8. Cover the top with foil if over-browning.
  9. Remove from the oven and allow to cool before turning out the loaf.
  10. Makes 1 loaf serves 12. keeps in the fridge covered for up to 1 week. (freezes well too)