Coconut Oil Update

Forgive me, but I was one of those thoughtless creatures known to say, “I can eat anything I want AND NOT GAIN WEIGHT!  That was before menopause.  We reap what we sow, and now…I must be ever cognizant of what goes into my mouth because it too easily ends up on my thighs.  Yes, we are what we eat. 

The good news for all seeking healthy alternatives is that my experiment with virgin coconut oil has proven very positive.  Indulging in some very tasty GOOD fat treats has resulted in no weight gain.    I am officially on board.  But the real success story is that it is a diet aid that is delicious and involves little personal sacrifice.  If you are suffering from TREAT DEPRIVATION, try these healthy alternatives.

Coconut Oil Products

SO DELICIOUS Non-Dairy Frozen Dessert:  Don’t let the calories fool you…The fats in this frozen treat burn calories rather than pile them on!  The Vanilla Bean is delicious, but also try the German Chocolate, or a small scoop of each together, touching. This product uses agave syrup rather than artificial sweeteners or sugar.

VIRGIN COCONUT OIL:  The Virgin, first-cold-pressing of the oil is so tasty, I spread it on my toast in the morning, with a tad of butter–another GOOD fat.  Believe it or not, a tablespoon of virgin coconut oil a day is touted as beneficial for weight loss.  I can attest to the fact that it does not put on weight.  It is my oil of choice for frying as well when I do not want the taste of olive oil.

MOVIE THEATER POPCORN:  A matinee’ and a small popcorn are a summer delight, but make sure the theater uses coconut oil to pop the popcorn.  I took the time to ask.  Pass on the butter pump however.  It is generally butter-flavored safflower oil rather than butter.  Melted virgin coconut oil on freshly popped corn is also to-die-for when indulging at home.  The taste is buttery with a slight hint of vanilla.  Now, if only theaters would top their popcorn with coconut oil as well as popping with it. 

SUBSTITUTE VIRGIN COCONUT OIL IN PIE CRUST AND MUFFINS:  Works beautifully and can be equally substituted for oil or shortening.  [See earlier blog COCONUT OIL PIE CRUST]  Note that coconut oil melts at low temps, so let it firm up in the refrigerator before using it for pie crust.  It should be the same consistency as shortening. 

COCONUT MILK SMOOTHIES:  Whip up a delicious summer treat by blending coconut milk or coconut cream with ice, banana, honey to taste, and fruit of choice.  I plan to experiment with chocolate and coffee flavors for an iced mocha smoothie. 

Share your experiences with healthy summer treats.   I’m rooting for you!

About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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