There are many ways to use coconut oil in your kitchen. People in Asia have been using the benefits of coconut oil in their diet and cooking for hundreds of years. In fact, coconut oil is one of the best oils to bake and sauté with due to its high heat smoke point.
Virgin coconut oil has a smoke point of around 350°F. Because of its high fat concentration, it’s a good choice for sautéing and stir-frying, but for the best results, it’s recommended that you keep your burners at a medium heat cooking with coconut oil. But there are also many other ways to use coconut oil in your diet.
Let me count the ways I use this gift of nature:
I use a teaspoon or two in my coffee to boost energy.
I sauté onions, garlic, vegetables, etc., in it.
I stir fry meats and vegetables in coconut oil.
I substitute equal amounts of coconut oil for butter in baking.
I use 1 tablespoon in my daily smoothie to increase nutrient absorption.
I grease baking pans and sheets with coconut oil or coconut oil spray.
I sprinkle coconut flakes on top of pies, granola, healthy protein snack balls, and salads.
I occasionally drink coconut water as a tasty, hydrating beverage.
I recommend that you always buy virgin coconut oil and flakes. Virgin coconut oil is extracted from coconut meat, coconut milk, or coconut residue. The “virgin” label implies that no solvents were used in the extraction process. This is usually accomplished by cold-pressing (using a hydraulic press to extract oil from fruits and veggies) the coconut meat or milk.
As you can see, there are many ways to use coconut oil in your kitchen. A jar of these nutrient-dense, medium chain fatty acids has a permanent place near my cooktop. Just a little, but not too much as these health-giving oils are still fats, but with many benefits.
Anyone want to share a way you use this healthy fat in your kitchen? Or maybe share a great recipe using coconut oil? You can see why I’m nuts for coconuts!
For Your Health,
Ginny Dent Brant is a speaker and writer who grew up in the halls of power in Washington, DC. She has battled cancer, ministered around the world, and served on the front lines of American culture as a counselor, educator, wellness advocate, and adjunct professor. Brant’s award-winning book, Finding True Freedom: From the White House to the World, was endorsed by Chuck Colson and featured in many TV and media interviews. Unleash Your God-Given Healing: Eight Steps to Prevent and Survive Cancer was released in May 2020 after her journey with cancer and was recently awarded the First Place Golden Scrolls Award for Memoirs, and Second Place in both Selah Awards for Memoirs and Director’s Choice Award for Nonfiction at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writer’s Conference. It was written with commentary from an oncologist and was featured on CBN’s Healthy Living Show, Atlanta Live, and CTN’s Homekeepers. Learn more and cancer and wellness prevention blog and book information at www.ginnybrant.com.