Wake up & Smell the Coconuts!

Remember our talk about Coconut Oil? Well, after a few failed attempts I’ve finally found my all-time favourite recipe to use it in! Try it out and let me know what you think!

*Note: If you’re allergic to peanuts I am so sorry, because you are REALLY missing out. But, try substituting with another nut butter or nut substitute.

PB&C Smoothie

Step 1: Combine

Step 1: Combine

Step 2: Blend

Step 2: Blend

Ingredients

2 tbsp. Organic Peanut Butter

½ Cup Almond Milk (or milk of your choice)

1 Ripe Banana (for a thicker smoothie use frozen)

2 tbsp. Greek Yogurt

4-5 Ice cubes

1 tsp. Coconut Oil (Solid at room temperature)

Combine all ingredients in a blender & blend until smooth.

                                                                                                   Simple, delicious & hearty! I’ll have this smoothie in the morning and it will keep me going straight through until lunchtime. The coconut oil acts a natural sweetener to counteract the strong nutty taste from the organic peanut butter, while elegantly complementing the banana flavour. Still too cold for a smoothie in the morning? Save this for a replenishing post-workout snack! #lifefitwork

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Time for a Takeover!

Move over Kale! There’s a new celeb in town and Coconut Oil is her name.

Oil of the Gods

Oil of the Gods

 Truthfully, I’m probably late to jump on the Coconut Oil bandwagon but it’s still new to me so I’m sticking to it. There’s no surprise that a lot of us suffer from dry skin in the bitter winter months and my mom recently told me about her new cure, Coconut Oil. She had recently been on a trip with my Aunt and they treated themselves to a complete spa-day, with facial included. What they learned during their facial was that coconut oil is what many claim to be the best natural moisturizer out there. Their esthetician even claimed to say that she has ditched buying regular moisturizers and strictly uses coconut oil!

I wasn’t sold yet. But I am a very firm believer in the mantra don’t knock it ‘till ya try it.

So, I bought myself some coconut oil (available at most retail grocery stores) and have started using it as a hand cream. And I am happy to report that as a moisturizer it definitely seems to be working (goodbye dry, cracked, winter knuckles!)

BUT, that’s not the only thing it’s good for. The jar itself claims coconut oil is “Ideal high-heat cooking oil, delicious for baking, in bread, on vegetables, or popcorn”. Sounds too good to be true, right? So of course, I had to try it.

Let me tell you, I have NOT been disappointed. I’ve started to use coconut oil as a substitute for olive oil when cooking with vegetables (mushrooms especially) and they are delicious! I find the hint of coconut really helps to bring out the natural flavours of the veggies I’m cooking with. Of course after I started using Coconut Oil myself I went online and found about a bijillion ways to use it! Some of my faves can be found here by well+good (one of my all-time favourite blogs fyi).

Moral of the story? Always ALWAYS listen to your mother. And stay tuned, I’ll be showcasing some of my own favourite recipes using Coconut Oil soon! #lifefitwork