NUTRIENTS: Superfood, fatty acid, contains "medium chain triglycerides" (MCTs),
INTAKE: Take a tablespoon by mouth a day before a meal or with a meal (salad dressing, oatmeal, cereal)
BENEFITS: Kills bacteria (virus, fungi, and other harmful infections), moisturize skin, sunscreen alternative, better brain function, weight loss, prevents "artery clogging", metabolism control, prevents heart disease, burns more fat, reduces seizures, improves blood cholesterol levels, protects hair damage.
One of the things I had noticed while cooking in the kitchen with my mother was that she was using olive oil to cook and grease the pan. Not only that, but she was cooking the oil on a high heat temperature. When olive oil is cooked at a high temperature, the oil becomes acidic and pretty much poisonous. So, I showed my mother how to cook smart and which oils could be used for what. She took this healthy cooking tip to heart and I felt our mother-and-daughter relationship became healthier at the same time. Now, she loves cooking with coconut oil. She also loves the smell of it and adds it to almost everything that she eats.
On another day, cooking in the kitchen, I was making oatmeal for my mother and I had used coconut oil for flavoring. She was very surprised as to how I made such delicious oatmeal and didn't hesitate to ask how I did it. To be honest, I didn't think it was such amazing oatmeal but here's the recipe:
JENNIFER'S COCONUT OATMEAL
Supplies: Traders Joe Rolled Oats, measuring cups, fruit toppings, spoon (for mixing), pot, water, milk, and coconut oil.
Directions: Pour 1/2 cup of water in pot and let water come to a boil. After the water in the pot has come to a boil, add however much oatmeal (my mother had a bag from Trader's Joe) you desire. Use a spoon or ladel to mix the oatmeal in the water. Wait for oatmeal to come to a boil. Then take a spoonful of coconut oil with two ounces of almond milk and mix these two into the pot with the oatmeal. Make sure the oatmeal flakes have softened and turned a beige color before turning off the stove.
Serving: You can adjust the heat to simmer if you plan to have second and third servings to keep the oatmeal hot. Before serving, let the oatmeal chill for five to ten minutes. Add fruit toppings or honey of your choice with your oatmeal.
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Bibliography: WebMD, The Earth Diet, South Florida Natural Awakening Magazine, Google Images.