It’s no secret we’re coconuts for coconut oil. Not only is it a delicious substitute for butter when you’re cooking and baking, it’s also a healthy fat for a balanced diet. Because it’s a real – meaning no processed or hydrogenation here – food, 100 Days of Real Food blogger, Lisa Leake, is using coconut oil in her own kitchen! And if the master of eating real, wholesome ingredients puts her stamp on extra virgin coconut oil, you know it’s the right choice for your own family.
We picked out a few of our favorite coconut oil recipes from her archive to share with you. While you’re there, be sure to see how she packs her two daughter’s lunches EVERY day! Each one is full of foods that ensure they are both getting the best nutrition out of the meal (no “mystery meat Wednesdays” allowed). They look so tasty, I think I might even have to have a few for myself.
These mini-pledge weeks are a way to gradually wean your household from processed foods. So instead of going cold turkey, you simply eliminate one chunk at a time. Because some vegetable oils, like corn, soy, or canola, are heavily processed and can have GMO ingredients, Lisa encourages you to stick to using “real” oils like extra virgin coconut oil. And it helps EVCO is packed with anti-microbial properties which can help increase your immune system, ease digestion issue and even help boost your metabolism.
Whole-Wheat Banana Bread
I love this recipe because it proves eating right can taste just as delicious as that processed stuff you’re giving up. Just think about it this way, the time you put into the kitchen you’ll get back in better health. Not a bad trade off, right?
Muffins are a weakness of mine. They are good on-the-go or for a slow and lazy Saturday morning. In particular, this recipe is a good clean-out-the-fridge type event. It would be a good time to bring in the kiddos and have them select the ingredients they want to put in – from raisins to blueberries to carrots.
I’m a chocolate fan. I think my only stopping point is when we start covering insects…although people in my inner circle have tried. Dark chocolate is healthier for you, and more real, than milk chocolate. Packed with flavonoids, dark chocolate has been shown to help your heart and even, at least in my case, lower anxiety. Let’s not forget, Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it! This post also has some great gifts for that special someone.
After spending a few years in Charlotte, NC, I discovered Krispy Kreme donuts. I’m not saying I’m proud of this. And to be fair, I wasn’t reading labels or really too concerned about what I ate. But as soon as I really learned how to read nutrition labels, I wouldn’t even be in the same room as one. This recipe puts my faith back in donuts.
If it’s easy, delicious and nutritious, it’ll be hitting my dinner table during the week. Between my busy schedule and Dave’s, the faster dinner can be made the better. This dish is also very allergy-friendly with no soy, dairy, or gluten. It can also be made vegetarian.
We hope you start a new year with your own 100 Days of Real Food challenge! Who’s with me?
Merry Christmas Kelapo Fans!