If you’ve opened a magazine lately, you’ve probably seen Carrie Underwood somewhere. The country crooner was most recently on the cover of Women’s Health talking about her “practical vegan” diet and, what we were most excited about, coconut oil!
I am what I was recently told is a flexitarian, meaning about 80 percent of your diet is vegetarian and the other 20 is filled with lean meats and/or fish. So I can appreciate Carrie’s practical views on her diet, especially when she’s traveling.
“I am a vegan but I consider myself to be a practical vegan. If I order something on a menu and it has a sprinkling of cheese on top I’m not going to send it back.”
Carrie also talked about why coconut oil is one of her kitchen, and vanity, staples.
She also told Yahoo! Shine recently about her love of the tropical oil.
“I cook with it, I use it on my skin … coconut oil is so good for you. It gives my food a slightly sweet, coconut flavor. It’s great when cooking veggies!”
What’s great, is coconut oil is the perfect “practical vegan” diet stable. It is a plant-based fat and the best butter replacement. Whether you’re a looking to ditch meat altogether or just want more vegetables in your life (which we can all use, really!), we’ve whipped up some of our favorites. For something sweet, try our Pumpkin Sugar Cookies. By replacing the butter or oil with coconut oil and the eggs for pumpkin, you not only have a delicious treat, but it’s now packed with vitamins! For a hearty meal, try Jen’s Vegetarian Buffalo Wings made with the “it” vegetable: cauliflower. These are great to serve as appetizers for football games as well.
The former American Idol contestant joins a growing list of celebrities using coconut oil. All we can say is, keep ‘em coming!