Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Coconut Oil

The key to the use of this oil is:
  • You must like coconut, as the taste is very present in good coconut oil
  • You must only purchase cold-pressed not processed oil
  • You must purchase unfiltered, not that clear as can be oil you find in the grocery store which is tasteless and where the nutritional content is questionable.
So why coconut oil? Sure, its a saturated fat...but surprisingly, its the only saturated fat that the body uses like a carb! Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss. Multi-chain triglycerides are high in coconut oil....just like mother's milk. Hard to get a better source for it! 

But, most coconut oil that you can buy from "normal" stores is seriously filtered...it doesn't even have a coconut scent!  Tropical Traditions is my store of choice. So, get on their facebook page and/or get on their email list and wait for a B1G1 coconut oil and coconut cream to show up! When they have these sales, the prices all of a sudden become very reasonable.

So, how do we use it? When we have a kitchen that wasn't destroyed by a fire (by the way, I really miss our kitchen)....at least once a week, we pound out chicken breasts and dredge it in the eggs that my mom acquires from her chicken coops. We then dredge it in a bread crumb mixture that my daughter and I make every 6 months (basically, we make a vaiety of healthy breads in the breadmaker and add some spices to make our own italian seasoned bread crumbs, which we then store in the freezer in an air-tight container). We heat up some of the coconut oil and make coconut chicken cutlets. This is by far my kids most favorite chicken dish (even wins out over the dino chicken nuggets!).

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