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Holli Thompson is a Certified Health and Nutrition Coach. She has trained at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City , accredited by SUNY Purchase College, and is also certified by Cornell University. Holli is a Raw Food Chef, has attended the Natural Gourmet Cooking School and is skilled in the art of healthy gourmet cooking.

When she’s not working with clients and traveling to New York for her wellness events, Holli enjoys life on her Virginia farm and vineyard with her husband of over fifteen years and her son, age 9.

Health Benefits Of The Coconut

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It occurred to me today, as I was cooking with a couple of different coconut products, that I probably use some part of this marvelous nut each day. It’s no wonder.

Not only does coconut taste good, but it’s credited with numerous nutritional benefits, among them anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.  The coconut has been a staple of pacific islanders for centuries, and is said to promote weight loss, a healthy digestion, and provide immunity support.

For a quick round up of how I use this marvelous nut, daily, read on.

1) Coconut Water: Said to be a source of natural electrolytes, coconut water is my drink of choice for my son, and I’m glad he loves it. This is the perfect way to hydrate in warm weather and an excellent choice before, and/or, after a work out. I love adding it to my smoothies, both the green and creamy ones, for a nourishing, hydrating boost to my day.

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2) Coconut Pulp: I use fresh coconut pulp as “ribbons” and to create a raw “pasta” dish, or I add a couple of tablespoons to my morning smoothie. Dried coconut pulp can be purchased as flakes or shreds, and can also be used in your smoothies, or as a base to many raw desserts.

3) Coconut Sugar: Coconut sugar is my current go-to choice for a sugar substitute, especially when baking or creating raw treats.  It’s delicious and tastes sweet, not bitter. In a crystal form it’s sometimes sold as Palm Sugar and has a quality similar to raw sugar.  This is delicious in granola, for a crystal effect like cane sugar, or sprinkled on your morning oatmeal or quinoa.  Coconut sugar also comes in a liquid form, handy for making desserts and raw treats as well.

4) Coconut Aminos: I use coconut aminos as a soy substitute, since I’m soy intolerant, and they provide the same effect as soy sauce when I make a stir fry.  This is also great as a sushi dip. It’s made from coconut sap, that’s been aged, and sea salt.

5) Coconut Oil: The mothership of my kitchen, and bathroom! Seriously, I use this everyday for something.  Coconut oil is a heart healthy fat and can be used safely (without going rancid due to its high heat tolerance) for frying anything.  My son loves his eggs cooked in this and I often use it for vegetables.  In the bathroom, we all use this as a body oil, before, during, or after a shower.  I like to add essential oils to mine – grapefruit in the morning and lavender at night.  I put coconut oil on my hair before I shampoo it for conditioning and use it on my face in the winter if I’m feeling dry.  This also makes a wonderful cuticle oil.

That’s my round up, how do you use coconuts in your daily routine?

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