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    Coconut Oil Recipes & Benefits

    These coconut oil recipes deliciously sum up it’s potential in your dietary regimen.

    Take a cue fro Jennifer Aniston who uses coconut oil for weight loss and to boost her metabolism…coconut oil is the bees knees!

    One of the few foods that can be classed as a super food, coconut oil has many benefits.

    •  Helps with brain disorders: coconut oil contains triglycerides, which are metabolized differently and can have therapeutic effects on several brain disorders.
    • Countries who eat coconut have some of the healthiest people in the world: Tokelauans, which live in the South Pacific. They eat over 60% of their calories from coconuts and are the biggest consumers of saturated fat in the world.
    • It can increase your energy expenditure helping you burn more fat
    • The fatty acids in coconut oil can kill harmful pathogens, potentially helping to prevent infections.
    • Coconut oil can significantly reduce appetite, which may positively affect body weight over the long term.
    • It can even moisturize skin, protect hair against damage and act as a sunscreen
    • It can also boost brain function in Alzheimer’s patients

    So with all these benefits…let’s find so more ways to incorporate coconut oil into our diets! Check out these recipes!

    Sesame Shrimp Stir Fry

    Ingredients

    • 2 teaspoons sesame oil
    • 2 tablespoons raw honey
    • 2 tablespoons Organic Shelled Hemp Seed
    • 2 tablespoons Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, divided
    • 1 pound large peeled and deveined shrimp (preferably wild)
    • 1 small yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
    • 1 red or orange bell pepper, seeded and sliced
    • 1 small yellow squash, cut into matchsticks
    • 3 ounces shitake mushrooms, stems removed and thinly sliced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 2 cups thinly sliced rainbow chard

    Instructions

    1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the liquid aminos, sesame oil raw honey, and hemp seeds.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon coconut oil in a wok or large nonstick skillet. Add the shrimp and stir-fry over high heat until pink, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
    3. Add the remaining oil and stir-fry the onion, peppers, squash and shitakes until lightly charred, 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute. Stir in the chard and cook until wilted, 2 minutes. Add the sauce and simmer until it thickens slightly, 2 minutes. Fold in the shrimp and cook one minute more. Serve over brown rice or quinoa.

    Spicy Kale Stir Fry
    Ingredients

    2 tablespoons coconut oil or quality vegetable oil
    2 eggs, beaten with a dash of salt
    2 big cloves garlic, pressed or minced
    ½ bunch green onions, green and white parts, thinly sliced (about ¾ cup)
    Optional: 1 cup thinly sliced vegetables, like bell pepper, carrot or Brussels sprouts
    1 medium bunch kale (preferably Lacinato but curly green is good, too), ribs removed and leaves finely shredded
    ¼ teaspoon fine grain sea salt
    ¾ cup unsweetened coconut flakes* (not shredded coconut)
    2 cups cooked and chilled brown rice
    2 teaspoons reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
    2 teaspoons chili garlic sauce or sriracha
    1 lime, halved
    Fresh cilantro, for garnish

    Instructions

    Heat a large (12-inch or wider) wok, cast iron skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on contact, add 1 teaspoon of oil. Pour in the eggs and cook, stirring occasionally, until the eggs are scrambled and lightly set. Transfer the eggs to your empty bowl. Wipe out the pan if necessary with a paper towel (be careful, it’s hot!).
    Add one tablespoon of oil to the pan and add the garlic, onions and optional additional vegetables. Cook, while stirring, for 30 seconds or longer, until fragrant or until the vegetables are tender. Add the kale and ¼ teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until the kale is wilted and tender, which will just take a couple of minutes. Transfer the contents of the pan to your bowl of eggs.
    Add the remaining two teaspoons of oil to the pan. Pour in the coconut flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until the flakes are lightly golden. Add the rice to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot, about 3 minutes.
    Pour the contents of the bowl back into the pan. Add your 2 teaspoons of tamari (or soy sauce) and hot sauce (chili garlic sauce or sriracha). Stir to combine, then transfer the contents to serving plates or back to your bowl. Squeeze the juice of ½ of a lime over the dish. Garnish with a sprinkling of torn cilantro leaves and wedges of lime, with jars of chili garlic sauce, sriracha and/or red pepper flakes on the side.

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    Healthy Foods That Give You the Biggest Bang for Your Nutrition Buck

    Looking to rapidly improve the quality of your diet? These 15 healthy foods give you the most nutrients for the smallest number of calories.

    Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.nutritionsecrets.com

    The great news is that you can have a lot of these awesome healthy foods together as well…For example you can start your day with oats and almond milk and a scoop of Greek yogurt and some blueberries…as an extra bonus add a teaspoon of flax seeds and chia seeds also. It’s important to get some protein first thing in the morning as well so for me I always add the Juice Plus Complete powder – it contains plant based protein (proven to be more bio available) and 17 different fruits and vegetables. All of that is an incredible way to start the day. Guess what? If you start the day by putting healthy foods into your body, you will crave more good stuff throughout the day as well.

    Alternatively you can get a lot of these things in a homemade smoothie as well…the oats, the blueberries, kale, Greek yogurt and add some flax and chia seeds and the Juice Plus Complete powder with an added banana to complement the texture and again this is an excellent start to the day.

    A mid morning snack can be a few boiled eggs on some rice cakes with some humus. Or you could always start your day with the oatmeal and the extras, then your mid morning snack could be a shake with all of the awesome ingredients. It’s entirely up to you. But all of the above doesn’t have to cost too much nor does it have to take up too much of your time to make it.

    Wow with all of that – you have well and truly loaded up your body with an incredible amount of greatness and you are what you eat, so that makes you, yep you guessed it, GREAT! 🙂

    P.S. if you are looking for a great way to kick start your health in the new year, you can get a free copy of an awesome e-book. Head over to fitbodybabe.com and enjoy.

    P.P.S. Feel free to like the page for some more cool and interesting health tips!

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    Fergie Drinks Vinegar. Should You?

    “From apple cider vinegar lowering blood sugar to balsamic improving heart health, here are science-backed ways that vinegar is good for you.” Hey, Fergie drinks vinegar. By Rachel Grumman Bender for YouBeauty.com

    Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.doctoroz.com

    Fergie drinks vinegar and personally I do too. I start the day with warm water and a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar & a teaspoon of raw honey. It’s a great way to kick start the digestive system. It is great for alkalizing the body and  can give you a great energy boost, ACV is actually great for your skin too. It is important to note that the apple cider vinegar needs to be organic and unpasteurized and the honey needs to be raw. Try it for 3 weeks and see what you notice.

    Actually adding the raw honey has several benefits as well! The combination of ACV and honey is perfect in the fight and prevention of infections thanks to its active compounds. In the same time it is great for the overall health and well being because it kills bacteria which causes inflammations, infections and various diseases and many more benefits.

    Some of the benefits are:

    • Eliminates pain in the joints so it is perfect for people with arthritis.
    • Eliminates acid and heartburn
    • Helps with digestion and constipation
    • Reduces cholesterol in the blood thus decreases blood pressure
    • Helps in the fight with extra weight
    • Great medicine for sore throat
    • Energy booster
    • Gives glow to the skin making it better and healthier
    • Eliminated bad breath
    • Helps with inflammation

    Grate some fresh ginger for an added kick if you like. I can’t start my day without this drink. I love it. If you start off putting good things into your body, guess what you will crave more good things. Let us know how you get on. Stay healthy, stay happy.