Before talking about the different ways to add it to your diet, you might want to know exactly why this is so important to do. First of all, you should know that coconut oil is not a fatty and unhealthy oil like vegetable oil and sometimes canola oil, depending on how it is used. It can handle higher temperatures, but it is considered a healthy fat no matter how you use it.
When you add more coconut oil to your diet, it can help you feel fuller faster and for longer, which is going to help with weight loss. It also helps with weight loss by replacing unhealthy cooking oils and butter, as well as increasing fat loss overall. In addition to the weight loss benefits, more coconut oil in your diet means natural antibacterial properties, improved brain function, and better digestion. You may also notice that you have better energy when you have coconut oil and it can even lower your blood pressure and decrease your risk for heart disease.
Knowing all of this, you now understand why you should try to add more of coconut into your diet. Here are some different ideas for how to do that.
Cooking and Baking
You already know that you can cook with coconut oil, but don’t forget about all the baking opportunities available to you. There are actually many different ways to use coconut oil in your baking, allowing you to replace oil or butter in certain recipes. While you do need to be aware of the flavor coconut oil can provide your baked dishes, for the most part, you can use it easily.
One of the more important things to remember when you are baking with coconut oil is that when it is mixed with cold ingredients in the batter, the coconut oil solidifies. This is similar to having butter in a recipe. So you should try to use only room temperature ingredients when combining coconut oil with ingredients for a baked dish. Here are some different options where you bake with coconut oil.
Use Only Coconut Oil for Cooking
Naturally, a super simple way to cook with coconut oil is simply by replacing other types of oil with it. Keep a container of coconut oil in your cupboard so that it is easy to grab when oil is needed for a dish. You don’t want to replace all your oil with it, as some oil like almond and olive oil is good for you. However, the ones that are less healthy and often contain toxic ingredients, such as vegetable or corn oil, should be replaced with coconut oil.
This is really simple to do when cooking on the stove because you usually add the oil first, which allows the solid form of coconut oil to melt quickly.
Stir Fry With Coconut Oil
more specific way to use coconut oil with your cooking is by making
stir fry with it. While coconut oil can technically be used for all
temperatures, it is better for medium temperature cooking, going up
to about 350 degrees Fahrenheit. It is really ideal for making stir
fry, which also happens to be a really healthy dish. You are going to
get the nutritional benefits of the oil, plus all the added vitamins
and minerals from your veggies. Plus, it adds a bit of tropical
flavor to your stir fry.
Make Healthier Fried Foods
We mentioned in a previous section that coconut oil can be used for cooking, but that it is better for medium temperature cooking. However, you can still use it for high temperature cooking like frying, you just need to understand how it differs from oil like vegetable or canola oil. There is a good amount of saturated fat in coconut oil, making it a good option for frying.
The flavor of coconut oil will alter your fried foods and give them a bit of a nutty flavor, so keep this in mind when deciding what you want to fry with it. You will lose quite a bit of the coconut flavor, but depending on how much is used, you should be aware of how the tastes might change. With frying with coconut oil, less is more, so just use as much as you think is needed for your frying purposes.
There are many different things you can fry by using coconut oil, though you might want to test a small amount of sweet foods like donuts or crepes before you make a large batch. Better foods to fry with coconut oil are:
- Chicken or beef
- Duck and lamb
- All types of fish
Can You Drink it?
A super easy way to get more coconut oil into your diet is by adding it to drinks. You can add it to hot or cold drinks, though adding it to hot drinks is a little easier. Because coconut oil comes in a solid form, it needs to be melted before you can mix it in with anything. However, if you are using it with something that is already going to be heated up, like a hot drink, then you don’t need to melt it first. This makes it a little easier to use, particularly with hot drinks like coffee or hot chocolate.
The following includes some different ways to add coconut oil to your hot drinks.
Coconut Latte with a Kick
This first hot drink recipe is a coffee latte drink that also includes some spices. While this is perfect in the fall or winter, it doesn’t have to be a seasonal drink. You can enjoy it any time of year, particularly when you want to warm up with something healthy and delicious. This latte will help with digestion and boost your metabolism, which is always a plus!
For the spiced coconut latte, you will need to start with coffee that is brewed, preferably an organic variety. You will then mix in some coconut oil, along with grass-fed butter, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and vanilla extract. This gives you one super delicious latte.
Coconut Oil Creamer
If you drink coffee on a regular basis, but you don’t want to have to mix a fancy latte every morning, then creamer might be a better option for you. You can start with any type of coffee you want, then mix in a tablespoon or so of coconut oil creamer to the cup. It is as simple as that! To make your own creamer, combine raw honey with coconut oil, pure vanilla extract, and some cinnamon or cocoa powder. Whisk them together into a smooth consistency and save in a container until you are ready to use it. This can also be used in hot cocoa or tea.
Fruit Smoothie With Coconut
You can also use coconut oil in cold drinks, preferably those that will be blended, like a smoothie. You can melt the coconut oil then blend it right in with the other ingredients, making it a super easy way to add coconut oil to your diet. You can make any type of smoothie you want, as coconut oil used in small quantities does not have a powerful flavor. It adds a little texture and a lot of nutrition to any type of smoothie you enjoy. If you prefer juicing, add it to your juice at the end, then mix well.