DA COCONUT BIZNEEZ
Hey so Coconut oil is pretty friggin’ awesome.
Here’s some things you can do with it:
1. Cooking: coconut oil is naturally stable at higher temperatures, unlike more sensitive oil such as flax or hemp oil. It makes a lovely stir-fry cooked at med heat or try this simple recipe:
Slice one yam into wedges or medallions
In a large bowl, coat the pieces with 2-3 TBSP of coconut oil
Transfer to a baking sheet, add a little salt, pepper and about 2 tsp dried sage
At 350, roast until pieces are tender
The slightly coconut taste is great with the sweetness of the potatoes.
2. Take care of your entire mouth: So whether or not you believe in the benefits of oil pulling, swishing around some coconut oil in your mouth makes my teeth and gums feel wonderful.
1. On an empty stomach (I usually do this when I first wake up,) take about 1 TBSP of coconut oil and let it melt in your mouth.
2. For 10-15 minutes, swish the (now liquid) oil in your mouth, pulling it through your teeth and from side to side, back and front.
3. After the time is up, spit the oil out. IN A TRASH CAN (it can clog your sink!) and make sure to SPIT IT OUT. According to the benefits of oil-pulling, it helps to pull toxins out of your body and ends up in the oil, so swallowing it would be like taking all those toxins back in.
4. Rinse your mouth with water, and brush your teeth. Ah, magical!!
MAKE SOME TOOTHPASTE:
coconut oil, baking soda and a pinch of salt
A pain in the ass if you’re in a cold-weather place, but the coconut oil helps break down the harshness of just pure baking soda (plus there’s something oddly tasty about salty coconuts … )
3. Get your moisturizer on: Pretty basic tip here, use coconut oil for dry skin! I used it on a healing tattoo recently, and it really helped to cut down the dryness and itching.
Combine strawberries, mint and honey, leave it on your face for 30 minutes.
If you’re cutting strawberries for something else, just use the tops that are normally discarded.
Mask #2: you’re sleeping alone tonight
Cut a clove of garlic in half and rub it on your face. Actually did see a little improvement the next morning with this one. Garlic is a natural bacteria-fighter.
I recently discovered an amazing vegetable: kohlrabi. I’ve never eaten it before in my life, the first time I roasted it, and tonight I used it raw in a veggie slaw.
Kohlrabi either comes in purple or green, and they resemble funny looking turnips or beets but taste more like broccoli (depending how you cook it.) Anyway, here is a recipe I came up with tonight to enjoy raw kohlrabi:
1 med-large kohlrabi bulb (as pictured above)
1 Med Carrot
1 Garlic Clove (minced)
2 TBSP Fresh Cilantro (minced)
2 TBSP Raw Pumpkin Seeds (chopped)
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
Dash or more of Salt
Dash of Apple Cider Vinegar
1. Peel the kohlrabi bulb. It has a pretty thick skin so make sure to remove it completely.
2. Grate the kohlrabi and carrot.
3. Add the remaining ingredients and stir. That’s it! Depending on personal taste, you may want to add a little more lemon or even a dash of olive oil. Raw kohlrabi is a little bitter, so experiment and see how you like it. If it is still too bitter, try adding another carrot or even a little drizzle of honey to sweeten it up a tad.
This slaw is super light and refreshing and would go great with a sandwich, or you could eat it straight out of the bowl like me.