You’ve probably heard some of the countless benefits of coconut oil. It’s packed with medium-length triglycerides – a special kind of saturated fat that is much more easily used for energy than that of meats and cheeses – and pathogen-fighting lauric acid. It’s easy to see why so many nutritionists recommend using it as a replacement for butter and other cooking oils! Plus, coconut oil comes in a variety of different organic brands making it easier for you to choose organic.
So are you curious about ways to get more of this almost-miraculous superfood into your diet? We’ve prepared a list of some of the greatest uses for coconut oil:
1. Greasing Pans
From cakes to scrambled eggs, many recipes call for a bit of oil to be spread on the pan before cooking (in order to keep the food from sticking). And with its sweet taste and nutritional load, coconut oil is the perfect candidate. It doesn’t burn as easily as butter, and contains healthier types of saturated fats.
2. Coffee Creamer
Stir a spoonful of coconut oil into a cup of coffee for a tasty, dairy-free alternative to milk or cream. This one will give a full body and flavor to your morning cup of joe – and if you tend to add sugar as well, this might just make your drink sweet enough to skip it!
3. Butter Replacement
There’s a reason vegans love coconut oil. Using this instead of butter or canola oil in your favorite recipes can improve its nutritional profile, not to mention add a light and delectable flavor. Try making baked goods or spreading it on toast. You can even use coconut oil in stir-fries – just remember that it has a lower smoking point than many other oils.
4. Pan-Seared Meat / Fish
Spice up that boring piece of chicken or fish with a thin pan of hot coconut oil. Just sear the meat for a minute or two on each side to lock in the natural flavors and add a subtle tropical zest. It’s a great way to turn cheaper cuts into gourmet meals.
5. Sweet Sautés
Tossing vegetables in a hot pan or wok with a bit of coconut oil gives them a wonderful texture and certain sweetness. Try it out with kale, broccoli, or any other veggies that might taste slightly bitter when consumed raw. It’s a great way to get the kids (or even yourself) to eat more greens – without adding too many calories.
6. Coconut Hot Cocoa
The next time you make hot cocoa, why not try using less sugar and mixing in a tablespoon of coconut oil instead? The result is a richer, creamier, and healthier drink that will keep you feeling full and content for hours.
7. Healthier Mayo
Many people have a weakness for this creamy spread, but don’t want to load their sandwiches or side dishes up with unhealthy oils. But did you know that you could make your own mayonnaise? It’s actually pretty easy, and it lets you choose all the ingredients! There are plenty of recipes online, but here’s a simple one to start with: mix two egg yolks and a teaspoon of lemon juice in a blender and then slowly drip in a cup of coconut oil while continuing to blend. You should start to see the mayo thickening as the oil is added. Once you’ve mixed in all of the oil, add another two teaspoons of lemon juice and stick it in the fridge to chill.
We hope this gives you a bit of inspiration on how to use coconut oil. And remember to choose organic when you visit the grocery store! Your body will thank you.