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The Amazing Coconut

My family rolls their eyes at me for many different reasons and one is my love for coconut. I love it all… coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut butter, coconut flour, coconut water and coconut chips. I consume it daily, externally and internally, and guess what, it’s very healthy!

Who doesn’t love the combination of sweet and salty? Throw in some healthy fat and you have the perfect combo. Since my family doesn’t eat grains or potatoes (due to specific health issues), potato chips and crackers are out (besides not healthy), peanuts and M&M’s have been long gone and granola is just a fond memory.

So what do we do when we want a quick snack that is actually good for us? It’s my craving buster –Sweet~N~Salty Coconut Chips. They are so easy to make and they satisfy the want for sweet (coconut is naturally sweet), salty, (I add sea salt), and the healthy fats fills me up with nourishing energy.  

Before we get to this amazing recipe, lets talk about the health benefits of coconut.

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Why Coconut So Good For You

Coconut has so many healthy qualities to it.  Lets look at a few.

Now for the healthy part...

  • Coconut is the most important nut crop in the world. The palm tree is called “The Tree of Life”.
  • Coconuts are very nutritious and rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Once thought of as unhealthy because of being a high saturated fat, we now know that the fat is different from most other fats. Being a saturated fat it will not turn rancid at high heat like vegetable oils. So cooking with it is ideal.
  • It is the richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs). MCT’s are burned for energy and they do not circulate in the blood stream like other fats. Instead, they are sent straight to the liver and converted into energy. Since the body does not store the fat, eating coconut oil can help with weight loss. I eat 2 Tablespoons in the morning before my workout and have plenty of energy.

How Coconut Nourishes The Body

One of the first things I seem to do when I help people at Thrive Nutrition is to cut down on the carbohydrates and increase fats. Coconut oil is a good fat to start increasing and it is very easy on the Gall Bladder.

  • Coconut contains the health-giving lauric acid. Lauric acid is a type of MCT found in breast milk. It has anti-microbial and anti-viral properties, which have been shown to destroy many types of bacteria, viruses and fungus such as, candida, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
  • Coconut can boost the thyroid function as it helps to increase metabolism.
  • Coconut can even help prevent tooth decay.

The list goes on and on. Here is a link to a great chart from Dr. Mercola that shows how the whole coconut is used. It’s quite interesting. 

How Coconut Nourishes The Skin

Due to coconut oil being a saturated fat consisting mostly of MCT’s, it will not easily oxidize like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Most of the skin care products are made of vegetable oils that will oxidize and turn rancid, causing free radical damage to the skin. Often they are made from toxic man-made chemicals.

 Here are some of my favorite ways to use coconut oil on the body:

  • Skin softener – I whip up coconut oil and add in drops of essential oils and store in a glass jar. That’s my body moisturizer.
  • Lip Conditioner – moisturizes lips and no toxic ingredients. Do you even know how many pounds of chemicals you have ingested from lip goop?
  • Removes makeup. At night rub some coconut oil over your face, let it sink in for a few minutes and steam off with a warm washcloth. You will wake up with super-soft skin.
  • Skin disorders – acne, psoriasis, and eczema. The MCT’s break down into antimicrobial-free fatty acids, and help to heal the skin.
  • Suntan oil – it’s ironic, most sunscreen lotions contain toxic ingredients. We need sunshine to produce vitamin D, which is needed to protect us from cancer.  Skin cancer is more than just being in the sun, as we also need to take a look at our diet. Too much vegetable oils and sugars will add to the toxic overload of the body and we can’t blame it all on the sun! Coconut oil has great antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage.
  • Deodorant – the MCT’s in the oil attack the bacteria in sweat that cause the odors. Just wipe in your arm pits after you shower, it’s that easy and no chemicals to destroy your hormones.
  • Dry hair – just rub some coconut oil into your hair and scalp at night, wash in the morning and your hair is soft and shinny!

How about the mouth – did you say Oil Pulling? 

Oil pulling has been done for ages. It is a traditional Indian folk remedy that involves swishing coconut oil in the mouth and through the teeth.

This is done because the antimicrobial oils will help to pull bacteria out of the mouth and gums where decay starts. For more information and how to do the oil Pulling, go to this site

Sweet-N-Salty Coconut Chips Recipe

So instead of grabbing a handful of chips, make up some Sweet~N~Salty coconut chips and indulge. You will be hooked. 

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Sweet~N~Salty Coconut Chips

Sweet~N~Salty Coconut Chips

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a jelly roll pan
  3. Mix the coconut flakes, sea salt in the coconut oil
  4. Bake a total of 8-9 minutes, stirring every 3 until golden brown. Watch carefully, it browns quickly.
  5. Pour onto a paper towel – enjoy!
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 What is your favorite way to use coconut? The uses are endless.

  • Resources: Virgin Coconut Oil by Brian & Marianita Shilhavy
  • Eat Fat Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig & Sally Fallon
  • Dr. Mercola, How coconut might combact tooth decay.

 

About Janice Strand

My journey to nutritional therapy began over 30 years ago when I received my Bachelor of Science in Nutrition. Since then, an on-going passion for the healing aspects of foods, along with family issues and conditions have inspired my appetite for healing through nutrition. For years, I have been seeking out the keys to digestive wellbeing as it pertains to common medical conditions that lack proper treatment through traditional Western medicine. This has led me to certifications for Nutritional Therapy Practioner, GAPS™ Practioner, and Muscle-Response Testing. My practice focuses on each individual with a holistic perspective, taking into account overall health history and biological individuality.


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23 thoughts on “Sweet~N~Salty Coconut Chips and The Health Benefits of Coconut”

  1. Julie Miller Karnthaler says:

    Hey! I wondered where that bowl(s) went. Those look delicious!

  2. Sharon St Andre says:

    Source for these coconut flakes. The ones I have are too thin.

  3. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    I love your bowls girl…thanks for letting me use them :) I have the whole set BTW, I certainly can drop them off if you want me to.

  4. Julie Miller Karnthaler says:

    Well I could stop by some morn after kids are on the bus for chit chat too n

  5. Whole Lifestyle Nutrition says:

    whew and do some coffee?? Would love to if you can spot some time :)

  6. Julie Miller Karnthaler says:

    And coffee to. I NEED to spot the time. I’ll check my schedule and u check urs. We’re do’n this.

  7. Addie Dupre Old says:

    I was just going to ask, how do you get coconut flakes? Thanks for the recipe and the link for the flakes even though they are a little pricey.

    1. TraceyCee says:

      I get mine at Whole Foods. Just Do Organic is the brand. 3 1/2 cups in the bag for around $5. :)

  8. Sharon St Andre says:

    Ordered!!

  9. Sharon St Andre says:

    Ordered!!

  10. ericgpete says:

    If you don’t need quite so much at one time I like ordering from Vitacost. Here is a link to coconut flakes http://www.vitacost.com/lets-do-organic-coconut-flakes-7-oz-each-pack-of-2-1 .

  11. Beth O'Brien says:

    these are amazing!

  12. Sharon St Andre says:

    soooooo delicious! You can’t eat just one, that’s for sure!

  13. Nancy says:

    Have you ever used your dehydrator for this recipe? I’m wondering if that would work.
    Thanks!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      The coconut is already dehydrated, so I am not sure a dehydrator would work. By cooking, you get a nice brown crisp crunch, and I am afraid a dehydrator wouldn’t do that for you.

  14. shaunne says:

    Wow!!! Can’t stay out of these! My husband, who does not eat paleo, was thrilled with these. Thanks for spreading the word

  15. Janet says:

    Can’t wait to try this recipe! How long does it last for? Thanks!

    1. Halle Cottis says:

      Keep it in an airtight container and it should last a long time (not sure the exact specifics, but it won’t last long) :)

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