• 25Nov

    http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16277/the-only-beauty-product-youll-ever-need.html

    Coconut oil is an absolute miracle ingredient and an all-around superfood. It’s usually thought of as a food full of important vitamins, minerals and fats. But coconut oil isn’t just great in the kitchen — it’s also a rock star beauty ingredient.

    I always have a pot of it in my bathroom as it has so many amazing properties that help your whole body glow. I use it as a moisturizer, hair mask, makeup remover, exfoliator, nail softener, lip balm and a bath time wonder. It’s a serious all-rounder! Just make sure to use raw, unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil.

    Moisturizer

    Coconut oil acts as a sweet, smooth, tropical-smelling lotion that works as an amazing moisturizer.

    I use it on my face and body before bed, and find that I always wake up looking fresh the next morning with my skin looking happy. Coconut oil is full of microbial and antifungal properties that help skin heal itself, whilst all it’s vitamins and healthy fats nourish, plump and moisturize the skin.

    As a body moisturizer, it gets rid of dryness, especially around areas like cracked feet, elbows or even eczema patches. It’s the perfect answer for soothing cracked, dry lips in the winter and even sunburns in the summer, as its so deeply moisturizing. The vitamin E content also helps reduce the appearance of scars so if you ever burn yourself, be sure to smother the burn area in coconut oil!

    Hair Mask

    I also use coconut oil as a hair mask to deeply condition and soften the ends of my hair. I add a spoonful to my ends and then try to leave it on overnight, but even ten minutes makes a difference. It instantly revives dry, limp hair and leaves it looking bouncy and beautiful.

    If you’re prone to dandruff or a particularly irritated scalp, massaging a Tbsp into your scalp for a few minutes will help calm and revitalize your hair roots for happier locks and a healthier head. Though it’ll need a few rounds of shampooing to fully wash out, it’s worth it!

    Makeup Remover

    The next use for coconut oil is as a makeup remover. I just add a pea-sized amount to my eyes and gently rub it in to take off all eye makeup. Trust me, even waterproof mascara stands no chance! It melts away any makeup, meaning you’ll never again wake up with panda eyes in the morning!

    Exfoliator

    I mix coconut oil with brown sugar for a completely natural body scrub. It gets rid of all lumps, bumps and dead skin from your body while leaving it feeling soft. It also moisturizes your body as you scrub, which is an awesome added bonus.

    Nails

    Coconut oil also feels lovely rubbed into your cuticles and nail beds before bed, especially if you’ve been wearing nail polish.

    Lips

    I use coconut oil to soothe and moisturize cracked or dry lips in the winter and even sunburn in the summer.

    Bath

    A spoonful of coconut oil in your tub helps create a perfect bath. It infuses the water with a calming scent while also moisturizing and nourishing your body as your soak. Your skin will feel soft and velvety when you get out, especially if you’re exfoliated also. Just add a spoonful into the hot water and swirl it around before you slip in.

    Any beauty-based uses for coconut oil I’m forgetting? Let me know how you use it!

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  • 25Nov

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/how-soaking-your-oats-with-coconut-yogurt-changes-everything/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=fa22190aa0-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-fa22190aa0-106006397

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    Health Trick: How Soaking Your Oats With Coconut Yogurt Changes Everything

    Overnight oats are not a new trend or hard to make, as you probably already know. You pop some oats in a jar or bowl with chia seeds, your favorite spices, some non-dairy milk and let them sit overnight in the fridge. While this simple breakfast staple is a nutritional and time-saving dream, you can take things a step further and improve the nutrition of your oatmeal with one simple change.

    Why Soak Oats in Yogurt to Begin With?

    Many vegetarians or omnivores enjoy soaking yogurt with dairy yogurt. The purpose behind this being that live, active cultures from yogurt (any kind) help pre-digest the oats, making them more digestible, and the probiotics in the yogurt even “eat” up some of the carbs in the yogurt, making them lower in overall carbs. Even if you’re not dieting and watching carbs (since they’re necessary for good health), the digestive benefits alone from soaking oatmeal with yogurt is huge- it actually makes the entire difference between digesting oats properly or having a sensitive tummy to one of everyone’s favorite breakfast. However, you do not need to soak your oats in dairy yogurt to get these benefits. It’s overall best to avoid dairy (especially if you have GI issues and lactose intolerance.) What you can use instead, is coconut yogurt!

    Why Choose Coconut Yogurt:

     

    The benefits of coconut yogurt are plentiful and it’s easy to find. You can buy some at the store (choose unsweetened or unsweetened vanilla as the best option) or just make your own! You could also use any other non-dairy yogurt, but coconut is special when it comes to nutrition. Coconut is preferable since it’s not as allergenic as soy, has more fiber than other types, and it gives oats a delightful sweeter flavor, while also supporting your body with beneficial medium-chain-triglyceride fats. Coconut has also been linked to an improved mood just like oats. 

    Here’s how to make your overnight coconut soaked yogurt:

    1. Grab some oats (choose gluten-free if you’re sensitive to gluten). Choose old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant or steel cut) and put them in a jar or your favorite oatmeal bowl.

    2. Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds, some cinnamon, vanilla, stevia or a touch of maple syrup, and even some canned pumpkin, chopped apples, berries, banana, etc. if you want. Cranberries are delightful in the fall and winter, along with pecans and walnuts.

    3. Add 1/2 to one full 6 ounce container (or about 1/2 cup) of coconut yogurt.

    4. Pour 1/2 cup non-dairy milk such as unsweetened almond on top. Coconut would work great too.

    5. Give it all a good stir, seal it or cover it so no air gets in, place in the fridge, and go to bed.

    6. In the morning, you’ll have a thick, delicious bowl of coconut overnight oats that digests seamlessly, keeps you full, and gives you so much energy! (Add coffee and you’re in serious business, friends!)

    • You can leave this soaking for two days, but don’t leave it longer than that since it gets soggy. Make it daily for an easy breakfast on the go, or even enjoy as a filling afternoon snack.
    • Feel free to add nut butter, coconut flour for a cake-like flavor, flax, pumpkin seeds, or whatever else you enjoy in your oatmeal.

    Nutritional Benefits of This Breakfast:

    • Oats contain B vitamins, magnesium, protein, iron, and potassium. One half cup of rolled oats will give you 4 grams of fiber, 6 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fat, and over 300 milligrams of magnesium and potassium.
    • Chia seeds provide fiber, magnesium, potassium, manganese, omega 3 fatty acids (much more than salmon!), antioxidants, iron, complete proteins, and B vitamins.
    • Unsweetened almond milk contains twice the amount of calcium as non-dairy milk, is fortified with Vitamin B12, and is much lower in calories than cow’s milk.
    • Coconut yogurt provides you with probiotics to support your immune system and healthy fats to fuel your brain.
    • Add-ins like pumpkin, apples, berries, and spices will add even more antioxidants plus vitamins and minerals.

    All of these ingredients are also cholesterol-free and 100 percent cruelty-free! See more of our breakfast ideas for even more plant-based ideas!

    Do you soak your oats with yogurt?

     

  • 19Nov

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/everything-to-know-about-coconut-flour-the-grain-free-superfood/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=9620ab73f9-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-9620ab73f9-106006397

    Everything to Know About Coconut Flour: The Grain-Free Superfood

    It tastes a little like cake batter, gives your baked goods the most incredibly tender crumb, and is one of the most nutritious flours of all gluten-free alternative flours out there. Meet coconut flour: the grain-free superfood that belongs in your diet, your pantry, and all your dishes from oatmeal all the way down to vegan muffins and even superfood smoothies. Coconut flour is one of the best ingredients to thicken your recipes, and is incredibly easy to use in a variety of recipes. It doesn’t taste as much like coconut as it does vanilla cake batter, which you’ll easily understand from just one whiff of this flour. Do I have your attention yet?

    The 411 on Choosing the Best Coconut Flour

    Coconut flour is not just for culinary delight (though that’s reason enough alone to enjoy it.) Coconut flour is the new “it” grain-free superfood you have to get your hands on ASAP! But be warned- not all coconut flours are equal. It’s beneficial to choose raw, organic coconut flour when possible since it retains all the live enzymes and other nutrients that coconut contains while other, more processed types of coconut flour may not. Products that are not 100 percent raw are bleached and deodorized, which you can easily see from their brighter, white color. Raw coconut flour has an almost beige tint to it and a much richer scent than highly processed coconut flour does. Products that aren’t organic could be sprayed with pesticides and buying non-GMO coconut flour is important so you know you’re getting the real deal and not a genetically modified product. Just be sure to refrigerate your raw coconut flour to preserve the natural nutrients and prevent spoilage.

    Why Raw Coconut Flour is a Superfood

    1. Great Grain Replacement

    Grains are a healthy food, however, for many, they’re simply intolerable. While whole grains provide key B vitamins, fiber, and protein, some people just don’t digest them well. Coconut flour lends more fiber per two tablespoons than any 1/2 cup serving of grains, more protein, and many of the same B vitamins, along with potassium and magnesium.

    2. Protein

    As mentioned, coconut flour is filled with protein! Just 1/4 cup provides 7 grams of protein for only 120 calories compared to oats and quinoa, which both provide the same amount of protein for over 160 calories.

    3. Antimicrobial

    Coconut is a well-known antiviral agent, thanks to the lauric and caprylic acids it contains. Both have been linked to improving immune health and warding off harmful bacteria, fungi, yeasts, and viruses.

    4. Good for the Brain and Body

    Coconut flour retains the beneficial medium chain triglyceride fats that whole coconut contains. These fats, also known as MCT fats, are well-absorbed and easily processed by the liver where they’re used for energy and metabolism instead of for fat storage. MCT fats and coconut have specifically been linked to better brain health, including improved mood, memory, and focus. Coconut, unlike butter, is also cholesterol-free, despite containing saturated fats.

    5. Beneficial for Blood Sugar

    Because coconut is rich in fiber and protein, it’s incredible for balancing blood sugar levels. Per 1/4 cup, you’ll receive 12 grams of fiber, 7 grams of protein, only 3 grams of fat, and 120 calories. Those numbers beat out any grain and most other sources of non-soy plant-based proteins for that matter. Protein and fiber are beneficial for blood sugar levels because they both slow down the release of sugars into the bloodstream. Speaking of sugar, coconut flour is very low in sugar and carbohydrates compared to most all grain-based flours and all other grain-free alternative flours. After the fiber is subtracted from the overall carbohydrate count, coconut flour only has 1 gram of carbs total per 2 tablespoons, which comes only from the natural sugars found in coconut meat. Protein and fiber in coconut also contribute to a higher sense of satiety, which will help keep you fuller longer.

    How to Use Coconut Flour

    Coconut flour can be used in almost anything you can think of! Try out some of these awesome suggestions:

    (1) Stir 2 tablespoons into oatmeal to thicken it, make it creamier, and enhance the natural sweetness found in oats. Or, use it in quinoa and millet porridge for a grain-free option. Coconut flour gives your porridge a delicious cake-like flavor that’s fantastic! Just add a little more non-dairy milk so it dissolves properly.

    (2) Add 1/4 cup coconut flour to your smoothies to use as a protein supplement, or just to add more taste and a thicker texture.

    (3) Stir it into hot soups to thicken and give your soups a bread-like consistency. Think of it as a grain-free alternative to pot-pie!

    (4) Bake biscuits with it and coconut oil as a replacement to regular flour and dairy butter.

    (5) Make an instant pudding with it using coconut flour, non-dairy milk, ground flax, chia, vanilla extract, and some vegan yogurt. Add some stevia if you need extra sweetness without the need for added sugars.

    (6) Make grain-free breakfast dishes like coffee cake, muffins, and pancakes.

    Things to Know About Baking With Coconut Flour:

    • As mentioned, coconut flour is an incredible thickener due to its high protein and fiber content, so be sure you’re aware of this before using it in your recipes. You’ll only need 1/2 the amount of coconut flour you would of regular flour, and will need to double the amount of egg substitute you use. Add a touch of baking soda if it’s not called for. This will help your goods rise well without the use of gluten flours and eggs. These Holiday Chocolate Coconut Cookies  and Coconut Flour Gluten-Free Brownies are two great ways to try coconut flour out.
    • Coconut flour also absorbs liquid to a much greater extent than other gluten-free flours. You’ll need to double the liquid called for in the recipe so it will work correctly.
    • Be sure to sift your coconut flour in a bowl with fork with the other dry ingredients before baking with it, so it will blend evenly with other ingredients.
    • Try it in a raw recipe if you don’t enjoy baking with it. Coconut flour works well in truffles, and a variety of other coconut-based recipes.

    Give this new superfood flour a try this week. You won’t believe how much you’ve been missing out on!

    Image Source: Heather McClees

  • 27Oct

    Today I’m actually going to share two different ice cream recipes – Coconut and Cool Mint. They are both sweetened with stevia, and also include a little vegetable glycerine to make them ‘scoopable’.  Note that it’s easiest to make them with an ice cream maker at home. Try them and tell me which one you prefer!

    http://www.thecandidadiet.com/coconut-mint-ice-cream/

    Coconut Ice Cream

     Ingredients (2 to 3 servings)

    • 2 cups coconut milk
    • 2 Tbsp. vegetable glycerine
    • 1 tsp. alcohol free vanilla
    • 1/2 tsp. or 1 packet powdered stevia
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • Toasted coconut flakes as garnish

    Directions

    In a medium bowl, add coconut milk, vegetable glycerine, alcohol free vanilla, stevia and salt, whisk is combine. Pour coconut milk mixture into an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Churn until the ice cream is just set, about 20 to 25 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Garnish with toasted coconut flakes.

    Cool Mint Ice Cream

    Ingredients (2 to 3 servings)

    • 2 cups coconut milk
    • 2 Tbsp. vegetable glycerine
    • 1 tsp. alcohol free mint flavoring
    • 1/2 tsp. or 1 packet powdered stevia
    • 1/8 tsp. salt
    • Fresh mint leaves as garnish

    Directions

    In a medium bowl, add coconut milk, vegetable glycerine, alcohol free mint flavoring, stevia and salt, whisk is combine. Pour coconut milk mixture into an ice cream maker, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Churn until the ice cream is just set, about 20 to 25 minutes. The ice cream will have a soft, creamy texture. If a firmer consistency is desired, transfer the ice cream to an airtight container and place in freezer for about 2 hours. Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

  • 13Oct

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    Pumpkin-Coconut Pancakes Pile your plate high with these moist, chewy pumpkin pancakes, stuffed with chopped nuts and coconut shreds for a naturally sweet and filling morning meal. They’re dairy free, gluten free and made with a homemade chia seed egg substitute, making them a vegan, superfood sensation. ➜ Full Recipe-

    Vegan & Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Coconut Pancakes

    Serves 2

    Ingredients

    1 heaping scoop vegan non-soy protein powder
    1 cup gluten-free baking mix
    2 chia (or flax) “eggs”
    ½ cup organic pumpkin
    2 tsp. vanilla
    ¾ cup unsweetened almond milk or coconut milk
    2 tsp. cinnamon
    1/3 cup unsweetened coconut
    1/3 cup dry roasted or raw almonds, chopped
    Coconut oil

    Directions

    1. Follow directions to prepare chia/flax eggs.

    2. In large bowl, combine chia/flax eggs with remaining liquid ingredients (except coconut oil), then slowly add dry ingredients, mixing well.

    3. Heat coconut oil in iron skillet; pour ¼ cup batter per pancake. Cook until bubbles form, then flip and finish cooking.

    4. Serve topped with your favorite nut butter.

  • 04Oct

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/natural-health/coconut-oil-super-food-or-super-hype/

  • 09Sep

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/lemongrass-green-coconut-curry-soup-with-zucchini-noodles/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=03d0766b6e-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-03d0766b6e-106006397

  • 02Aug

    Pineapple Coconut Water

    http://feedly.com/e/XX8_AbL5

    Pineapple Coconut Water

    HS: I use a juice extractor for the pineapple juice here. I suspect you could also use a blender, or Vitamix, then straining or partial straining? Although, my pal Jeffrey, in his new book – The Bar Book – recommends juicing pineapples by pulsing peeled/cored cubes in a food processor, and then spinning the puree in a double-cheesecloth lined salad spinner. :). To juice ginger, peel the ginger, grate using a microplane grater, then press through a strainer. Or, alternately, use a juicer.

    3/4 cup / 180 ml fresh pineapple juice
    1/2 cup / 120 ml pure coconut water
    1/2 teaspoon pure ginger juice
    1 teaspoon runny honey, if needed
    1 lime

    Combine the pineapple juice, coconut water, and ginger juice in a cocktail shaker or mason jar filled with ice. Shake well, taste, and if needed, add a bit of honey to sweeten. If your pineapple is sweet enough, you won’t need much honey, if any.

    Fill small, chilled glasses with lots of ice cubes, and razor-thin slices of lime. Pour the pineapple coconut water into the prepared glasses, and finish with an extra squeeze of lime if you like.

    Serves 2.

  • 19Jun

    Coconut oil is not only good for your health, but the scent of it can calm you. Thus, if you add it in to your diet throughout the day or before meditation, you may bring your mind to a calmer state sooner. As reported via Eating Well, “When you’re stressed, the scent of coconut may blunt your natural ‘fight or flight’ response, slowing your heart rate. People who breathed in coconut fragrance in a small pilot study at Columbia University saw their blood pressure recover more quickly after a challenging task. The researchers speculate that inhaling a pleasant scent enhances alertness while soothing our response to stress.” Mix up a smoothie with coconut oil added in the morning, or add a tablespoon of it to your daily tea. Be sure to take  a big sniff of it before gulping it up too!

    Chocolate

    •  I know this is very sad news for all of us (NOT!), but chocolate can indeed be calming. Livestrong explains: “Eating chocolate can cause the brain to produce natural opiates — a chemical well-known for it’s anti-anxiety effects.” In addition, “chocolate is an excellent source of magnesium, a mineral that can help reduce muscle tension, which is a classic sign of anxiety.” If you’re aiming to stay plant-based, opt for dark chocolate, and do be sure to not eat too much, of course. A little nibble before meditation or on days you need some insta-Zen will do the trick just fine.

     

    • Asparagus 

      Asparagus is high in folate, and folate is essential for keeping your cool shades on. All Women’s Talk notes: “Depression and anxiety have been linked to a folic acid deficiency in the body, and asparagus is one of the top food sources of this nutrient.”

      Avocados

    •  Not only are avocados flippin’ delicious, but they also are jam-packed with great nutrients that will help keep your mind calm. Prevention explains: “These creamy fruits stress-proof your body. Rich in glutathione, a substance that specifically blocks intestinal absorption of certain fats that cause oxidative damage, avocados also contain lutein, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and more folate than any other fruit. A single serving (about one-quarter of an avocado) has plenty of B vitamins, too.” How’s that for an overachiever? Load up on avocados any time you feel the stress coming on or the need for meditation to set in!Cashews 
    • Cashews are not only delicious and versatile, but they also contain a hefty dose of zinc. “Low levels of zinc have been linked to both anxiety and depression,” Prevention explains. “Since our bodies have no way of storing zinc, it’s important to get some every day.” What better way to get this dose than with a handful of satisfying and flavorful cashews?

      How do you prep your body for even more Zen? Do those of you who meditate (or make a specific attempt to eat for calm) opt for any of these plant-based snacks, or others? Let us know!

  • 13Jun

    http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/cashew-coconut-cream-cheese/?utm_source=Green+Monster+Mailing+List&utm_campaign=f8c3f0b2d8-NEWSLETTER_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_bbf62ddf34-f8c3f0b2d8-106006397

    I came up with this simple cheese in the process of making something else entirely; one of those happy accidents. I really like the mildly sweet, nutty flavor that the coconut adds. Bring on the bagel!

    CASHEW COCONUT CREAM CHEESE [VEGAN]

    THIS RECIPE IS :

    Dairy FreeVegan

    INGREDIENTS

    • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight, rinsed, & drained
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes, soaked for ~15 minutes, drained
    • 1 tbsp. sweet white miso
    • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
    • 1/2 tsp. agave nectar
    • pinch salt

    PREPARATION

    1. Add all ingredients to the bowl of a food processor and process until very smooth.  You’ll need to stop the machine and scrape the sides every few minutes.  This will get smooth – it just takes time and patience.  I prefer a food processor here over a high-speed blender because it’s so much easier to scrape out the cheese once it’s smooth.
    2. Line a mini-loaf pan or other small/shallow dish with a couple of layers of cheese cloth.  Scrape the cheese into the dish, pressing down so that the cheese gets into the corners.  Press down the cheesecloth over the top, place in the refrigerator and place something heavy on top of the cheese/cheesecloth.
    3. Let the cheese rest in the fridge for 24+ hours.
    4. Carefully remove the cheese from the pan.  Take off the cheesecloth and schemer a big schlab on a bagel!