One may say I’m a bit crazy about my love of coconut oil, but over the years I have seen such awesome results from glowing skin, to creamy beverages to tasty vegetables. It wouldn’t be right if I held onto this beauty, baking and bad-*ss fat burning ingredient all to myself, so I’ve decided to just pick my personal top 7 uses for coconut oil and share them with you! If you poke around the internet you will find upwards of 80+ ways to use this oil. My list below encompasses daily uses in the Davenport Home. I love that his oil has gone mainstream in the last five years or so.
Isn’t Saturated fat BAD for me?
Yes, coconut oil is considered a saturated fat, which we know is most commonly found in animal products such as red meat, poultry, pork and full fat dairy. We know the dangers of eating high amounts of saturated fats – increasing your risk of heart disease. But coconut oil is different. This particular type of saturated fat is in the form of medium-chain fatty acids versus the long-chain fatty acids found in animal products and these medium chains actually boost your health when taken daily. Saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control parasites and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around. Coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, help control cravings while increasing muscle.
Pick one new use and go wild this week!
A little bit goes a long way – topically and orally – so go ahead and keep a container of coconut oil in your kitchen and one in your bathroom and have fun (separate containers friends, don’t want any cross contamination)!
Where & how to buy?
Because I go through this magical ingredient by the case, I like to buy in bulk. Costco, Homegoods even TJ Max sells coconut oil at a great price! Always go with organic unrefined to reap all the nutritional benefits while sparing you of the toxins. While coconut oil is solid at room temperature it melts around 78°F, so you’ll notice it turn to liquid when it hits your skin or if it’s particularly warm where you store it.
1. Lather up your babies!
Gone are the days of buying Johnson & Johnson lotion for my girls, no offense J&J, I loved working for you all those years, but you can’t get more natural than organic coconut oil! It’s full of vitamin E, leaves your skin silky smooth, and gives you that glow (and who doesn’t love the smell of suntan lotion? It’s one of the most powerful mood lifters for me). And, I never worry about it getting in my babe’s mouth – go ahead and eat up, Ruby! Since I brought her home from the hospital I’ve applied coconut oil head to toe and she never has had any cradle cap or dry skin!
2. A little massage?
I love to mix a palm size dollop with a drop or two of Young Living’s essential oils (lemon, lavender, Thieves) and rub my neck, my feet and my back for soothing, uplifting and antimicrobial properties. Coconut oil is an amazing carrier oil.
3. Bake baby bake!
Sub for butter, margarine and vegetable oil. This is my go-to oil for baked goods. You may taste a slight difference, but it’s a delicious variation of your usual suspects. If you are substituting coconut oil in a recipe just go with a one-to-one swap. I like to melt the oil for more precise measurement prior to adding to recipes.
4. Use it as hair serum/bye bye fly-aways!
A little goes a long way! I’ll rub a little between my hands and apply it to my curls or the bottom of my hair to minimize the frizz.
5. Sautee your veggies with it!
Because of its high smoke point, coconut oil is fantastic for sautéing, roasting and/or baking vegetables. Do I use it for exclusively? No, I still love a little variation (butter, olive oil, ghee) but I personally think it enhances the flavor of my asparagus, carrots, Brussels sprouts and baby greens (spinach, kale, Swiss chard).
6. Swirl half a teaspoon into your morning Joe!
It’s delicious. Really. I’ll still add a drop of unsweetened almond milk to my coffee, but gone are days of adding refined sugar, fat free, sugar-free, artificial sweeteners into my morning cup – nothing good comes from those chemicals! Once you get beyond the sight of the oil droplets floating, you will have a hard time parting with this combination.
7. Make Chocolate!
Read the ingredient list of a Hershey’s bar (and yes, I still use them to make S’mores from time to time) but the very first ingredient on the list is sugar followed by milk, lactose, soy lecithin, PGPR, emulsifier, artificial flavor… a few items in there I’m pretty sure aren’t “food”. To make chocolate, mix 1/3 cup of melted coconut oil + 1/3 cup raw cacao powder + 2 Tbs. pure maple syrup and a dash of sea salt. OMG YUM! Drizzle over your favorite nuts, pretzels or fruit and refrigerate for 20 minutes!