Mystery Oat Ingedient
I’ve been sneaking in a secret ingredient on you in my oats…
Can you guess what it is?
I’ve been using it to toast my oats in before I cook my oatmeal. Mmm. It complements the flavor of the unsweetened coconut flakes I usually put in.
It hasn’t been long yet, so I can tell you any serious results, but I’ve been trying to use my coconut oil in as many ways as possible:
– in my oats
– in cooking (stir-fry, etc)
– no-bake oatmeal cookies
– moisturizer (feels good- I’m cautious on my face though because I don’t want to break out. Some people say it helps them, others say it causes breakouts.)
– hair conditioner (I put it on the ends of my hair and left it in overnight, then showered in the morning)
Coconut oil has a ton of other uses, I just haven’t gotten to try them all yet! Other ideas include:
– It can be used in any cooking or baking instead of another oil (it can withstand higher heats than other fats)
– Under-eye cream
– Shaving cream
– Anti-chaffing gel
– Face cleaner
– Lip treatment
– Massage oil
– Burn/cut treatment
– Magic chocolate “shell”…you know what I’m talking about?
At this point you might be saying, why would I want to eat coconut oil? It’s full of saturated fat!
Yes, it is. But they’re medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), not long chain. This means they’re digested different than those “evil saturated fats”- they’re absorbed directly into the liver instead of into the blood. They’re then used for energy instead of stored as fat.
So what are some of the benefits of eating coconut oil?
The fat in coconut oil is rich in important fatty acids: lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid. Lauric acid can help protect against infection and aids in inactivating viruses (it’s actually found in breastmilk).
Coconut oil has been said to help reduce heart disease, aid thyroid function, improve digestive disorders, delay osteoporosis, prevent tooth decay….the list goes on and on.
There’s a lot more to be said about coconut oil, but I won’t go on and on. Interesting concept though, no?
(I got my coconut oil from iHerb– you can get some too- use code GIR416 for $5 off. I’ve also seen it at Whole Foods and other health stores too. The best things to look for for “good” coconut oil are: raw, extra virgin, unrefined, organic.)
Now back to my oats!
This morning was stove top oats. I toasted the dry ingredients in coconut oil, then added the liquid and sliced bananas. Stir, stir, stir….
Pretty much my standard mix of oatmeal, flax, wheat germ, cinnamon, nutmeg, unsweetened coconut flakes, and walnuts, plus chia seeds, bananas, and cottage cheese. Don’t fret, peanut butter is coming! 🙂
And nothing makes a morning better than a nice cup of Joe to go with delicious oats!
Happy Wednesday!! We’re this much closer to another weekend!!