I just bought a tub of coconut oil and my obsession with it can only be compared with purchasing a golden Labrador puppy. I wake up thinking about the coconut oil. I manage to work the coconut oil into most conversations. I ooh and ahh over the coconut oil. I am smitten, to say the least.
I am learning that coconut oil can be used for basically everything. I think it might even get the government shut-down reversed. If I really did have a puppy, I’d put coconut oil in his food. I’ve considered getting one of those old-school fanny packs to keep my newfound love close by, considering running up and down the stairs every time I need it is exhausting, but really good for the quads. But don’t worry about me; I can use coconut oil for sore muscles!!! It’s a miracle. I just learned that you can use coconut oil to condition guitar strings??!! I am so getting a guitar.
The thing is, I work for Epicurean Culinary Group and this is a catering blog and my passion (besides coconut oil) is food. Alas, I do not have a puppy. And I am not a personal trainer. So while you can use this lovely oil for pets and pecs, I am sharing some simple uses for coconut oil in the kitchen. Here goes:
Need a boost of energy? Down a couple of spoonfuls of coconut oil and voila. Plus, it satisfies a sweet tooth. Not as much a Snickers Bar, but … still.
Use coconut oil instead of butter. It’s that simple.
Coconut oil performs well under pressure. Really. Coconut oil handles high temperatures well, making it ideal for sautéing fish, meats, vegetables and eggs.
Use coconut oil instead of other oils. Just make sure your dressing is kept above 76 F degrees so that the oil does not solidify.
Spread coconut oil on toast, add a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy. This makes a great after-school snack for the short set. I have proof.
Add coconut oil to smoothies and shakes. Sweet and healthy. Here’s a favorite recipe:
Peanut Butter Cup Smoothie
Prep time: 5 minutes | Serves: 1
- 1 cup chocolate milk (we use chocolate-flavored almond milk)
- 2 Tb natural peanut butter
- 1/4 of a medium avocado
- 1 Tb honey or agave
- 1 tsp coconut oil
- 1/2 frozen banana
- Blend all ingredients with a handful of ice and enjoy
Let us know how you incorporated coconut oil into your life by posting on Facebook. I am currently admiring my mega-moisturized hands while typing this blog. This is what love at first sight feels like.
I’m off to recondition my outdoor teak table with…well, you know.