7 Heavenly Ways to Have Virgin Coconut Oil – the Amazingly Healthy Oil
Eat great foods with virgin coconut oil and be in seventh heaven!
Virgin coconut oil is arguably one of the healthiest, if not the healthiest, oil that nature has ever given mankind.
Abundantly produced in Asian countries like the Philippines, virgin coconut oil has antibacterial, antifungal, antimicrobial, antioxidant, and comforting properties.
Asians have used it for generations to shed excess pounds and keep obesity at bay, smoothen skin and look youthful, add luster to the hair, have cholesterol levels in check, boost immunity and fight free radicals, care for the heart, strengthen bones and teeth, improve digestion and metabolism, and even counter HIV, cancer and diabetes.
What’s more, virgin coconut oil has no reported adverse reactions, making it ideal for young children and adults.
Much of the wonders of virgin coconut oil can be attributed to its lauric acid, the same acid that can be found in a healthy mother’s breast milk.
An expert on the effects of various oils on the body, Dr. Mary Enig MS (Nutritional Sciences), Ph.D, said that people should consume 3.5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil or 24 grams of lauric acid each day to take advantage of the benefits of the oil.
A good way of heeding Dr. Enig’s advice is to take 3.5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil every day.
Alternatively, we can use virgin coconut oil in our foods, substituting our cooking oil with it or using it as an ingredient in our dishes.
Be careful to use only virgin coconut oil and not just any ordinary coconut oil, which may be hydrogenated and therefore not that healthy.
To know more about the health benefits of virgin coconut oil, you may read:
Below are heavenly ways by which we can enjoy virgin coconut oil.
1. Virgin Coconut Oil in Yoghurt Cherry Popsicles with Shell
Virgin coconut oil can be used to make the classic popsicles, the go-to dessert for those sizzling days when you just want to cool down since it’s too hot to do anything else.
One kind of popsicles that can use virgin coconut oil is the cherry popsicles, made of pitted cherries, Greek yoghurt, whole milk, and sugar.
To coat the popsicles with shell, create the shell dip using semisweet chocolate chips and virgin coconut oil.
Assemble the popsicles and dip them into the shell mix.
Now, enjoy your healthy popsicles and share them with friends and family!
2. Virgin Coconut Oil in Black Rice Salad
Genuinely Asian in taste is the black rice salad, a completely plant food dish prepared with virgin coconut oil.
To make the black rice salad, gather all the ingredients that include virgin coconut oil, fish sauce, cooked black rice, sesame oil, and various veggies like carrots, onions, garlic, papaya, bell peppers, and ginger.
Just heat virgin coconut oil and sesame oil over medium heat. Add in onions, carrots, and bell peppers. Cook everything and include the rest of the veggies.
Once everything is prepared, mix it with black rice and season with fish sauce.
3. Virgin Coconut Oil in Strawberry Coconut Pie
Virgin coconut oil can be used to make the crust and filling in pies.
One excellent kind of pie that makes use of virgin coconut oil is the strawberry coconut pie.
For the strawberry coconut pie crust, use coconut oil, coconuts, almonds, and salt to taste.
For the filling, use frozen strawberries, coconut, virgin coconut oil, and salt to taste.
Prepare the pie and refrigerate. Tada! Now your pie is ready to be sliced.
4. Sweet Potatoes Roasted in Virgin Coconut Oil
An easy, quick and simple way to use virgin coconut oil is to roast sweet potatoes – an all-time favorite of thousands of people from East to West.
The ingredients for this dish are virgin coconut oil, peeled potatoes cut into chunks, brown sugar, salt and pepper.
Just heat virgin coconut oil and once it is heated, put in the potatoes and flavor them with sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook until the potatoes are soft and the sugar is caramelized.
5. Gluten-Free Fried Chicken
Deep-fried chicken has just become healthy! Thanks to virgin coconut oil that can be used for frying.
For this dish, you’d basically marinade and coat chicken in your favorite ingredients, which are hopefully not so fattening.
Once your chicken is ready, deep fry it baby! Go ahead. After all, you’re using virgin coconut oil.
6. Coconut Fruit Smoothie with Virgin Coconut Oil
Rise and shine! Welcome a brand new day with a fruit smoothie made extra healthy with virgin coconut oil.
Prepare this smoothie in under 10 minutes with coconut milk, banana, your choice of fruits, nuts, dry coconut flakes, and virgin coconut oil.
Blend all ingredients together, except for virgin coconut oil. Once ready, pour into the mix the virgin coconut oil.
7. Curried Squash and Coconut Soup
Chase your blues away and comfort yourself in curried squash soup made scrumptious with virgin coconut oil.
For this soup, the needed ingredients are virgin coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, onions, garlic, chili, squash cut into cubes, curry powder, unsweetened coconut, water, coconut milk, and pepper.
Sauté onion, garlic, and chili in virgin coconut oil. Add in squash and the remainder of the ingredients except for the apple cider vinegar. Simmer for half an hour. Once the soup is ready, put in apple cider vinegar and pepper.
Now serve the soup while hot.
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