SUPERFOODS

 My household cannot run without coconut oil, I am a HUGE fan of it. I use it in cooking, baking and if I run out of eye make up remover…yes, coconut oil is brilliant! 

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is one of the super healthy fats you definitely want to add to your diet. 

  • Weight loss – the fatty acids in coconut oil reduces appetite which may lead to weight loss 
  • Studies have shown that coconut oil can raise blood levels of HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol) which is related to improved metabolic health and decrease the level of LDS (bad cholesterol). 
  • Coconut oil is great for your hormones, skin, weight loss and metabolism, nails, hair, and regulating your insulin levels. 
  • Damaged hair – protein loss from hair causes it to become weak, breaks and then damaged.  Apply coconut oil to your hair (preferably dry hair), wrap in a towel and leave for half an hour and wash off with your normal shampoo – it really does work. 
  • Energy – When you consume coconut oil you get a much faster source of energy. 
  • Aids in regulating hormones, relives the symptoms of fatigue, aids in regulating thyroid function and boosts your immunity. 
  • I was a chocoholic and by using coconut oil every day I found I don’t crave chocolate anymore which is great.   

 

You probably asking how can coconut oil be healthy when it contains fat?  The saturated fats in coconut oil are medium chained fatty acids and these chains are easier to digest and burned for energy as well as having a beneficial effect on cholesterol in the body. 

Coconut oil is still high in calories so you shouldn’t add a ton of it to your diet. Replacing some of your other cooking fats with coconut oil could have a small weight loss benefit – go on, give it a try, what do you have to loose 😊. 

Coconut Smoothie 

1 cup milk of your choice (I use either unsweetened vanilla or unsweetened almond milk) 

1 tablespoon nut butter of your choice (I use almond or macadamia nut butter) 

1 Tablespoon coconut oil 

½ teaspoon cinnamon 

1 tablespoon chia seeds 

1 scoop whey protein powder (use a flavoured protein powder of your choice) 

Sprinkle of coconut flakes on top – optional 

Dash of raw honey – optional 

Gelatin 

As soon as you mention gelatin I think of jelly but what we don’t realise, is the nutritional value this “superfood” offers: 

  • Gelatin is composed primarily of collagen, the protein that makes up the connective tissues and bones.  It includes several amino acids which are the building blocks of protein. 
  • Aids in digestion as it naturally attracts and binds water to itself which means that when you add gelatin to your diet, the foods that you consume move more easily through your digestive system. 
  • As gelatin’s main component is glycine which is an amino acid which helps the liver function well 
  • Promotes healthy joints and bones 
  • Promotes skin, hair and nails as these tissues are made largely of proteins. 

 

Gelatin is one of those ingredients you can add to pretty much anything because it has no flavour.  I add it to smoothies, oats, coffee, fruit bakes – anything.  When I am in the mood I make a big batch of orange flavoured gelatin workout deserts: 

 

Gelatin and Orange Workout Deserts 

 

2 freshly squeezed oranges including pulp 

1 tablespoon gelatin 

Mix together and put in fridge to set. 

You get the benefits of the gelatin which is good for joints as well as the benefits from the oranges

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