At this point I’m fairly certain that in a past life I was a Hawaiian princess. Hawaiian because I love the beach. The sun, the sand, the surf all call my name. Princess because I think the flowers in my hair would have balanced my oversized forehead. But back to the story… I love all tropical fruit. I cannot get enough. I love pineapple and mango intensely. But it is coconut that is my true obsession. Which is super handy because the stuff is just SO good for you! Eating coconuts can seriously help to boost your immunity. They are antiviral, antifungal, antibacterial, and anti-parasitic, meaning they kill harmful bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. Because of that, if you consume coconut in any of its various forms (if you need some ideas on these forms just keep reading) it can help fight against nasty bugs like the flu or bronchitis. Coconuts also pack a punch in terms of fibre, vitamins, minerals and amino acids.
Let me break my coconut-lover day down for you:
In the morning my best friend and I make our porridge with organic oats, matcha oats and flaxseed and to top it all off we throw in some unsweetened coconut flakes. We ALWAYS make sure they do not contain any nasties like preservatives or additives. The flavour and texture it adds to an otherwise fairly boring brekkie is amazing. WE LOVE IT. I make my porridge with Kara which is freshly pressed coconut milk. It’s perfect for me because it’s dairy free (so easy on my tummy) it has only 2% fat and it is free from artificial flavours and colourings. Oh…and it’s so yummy!
Come mid-afternoon whilst some of you may be reaching for that can of diet coke I am reaching for my Coconut Water. I love pretty much every brand there is of the stuff but VitaCoco really makes my heart sing. Plus it’s becoming more accessible and readily available which makes life a lot easier. A few swigs of this will leave you super hydrated (your skin will thank you!) It contains naturally occurring electrolytes, more potassium than a banana plus there is no added sugar, fat or cholesterol. After I’ve had one of these little treasures I feel hydrated, refreshed and energised. And as VitaCoco will tell you themselves you will literally be #poweredbycoconuts.
When we cook our dinner we use coconut oil. The oil will keep you looking young and beautiful. It gives food such great flavour. But more than just for cooking you can use the oil on your skin and in your hair too. Its antioxidant properties slow down the aging process by protecting the body from harmful free radicals. Coconut oil is also renowned for treating skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. (A MAJOR bonus for me, the allergy kid).
Finally, when I really want to treat myself I have a CoYo (they’re not kidding when they say it’s ‘heaven in a mouthful’), a vegan coconut milk yogurt, 100% natural, 100% dairy free, 100% gluten free (and they will tell you 100% guilt free!). Obviously I love the one with mango in it because I’m a Hawaiian Princess – remember? Because CoYo really is a treat for me an every day option is Yeo Valley Greek Style Yoghurt with Coconut. I use this stuff to make smoothies, with some muesli or just with some fruit and seeds. The coconut takes the tartness out of the yoghurt without being too sweet either. Match made in tropical heaven.
The Pacific Islanders believe that the coconut is the cure for all illness which is why the palm tree is known as the Tree of Life. Plus, you know, you’ll never go hungry or thirsty if you have one of these around. So until I can return to my Hawaiian Princess life (or at least live in a climate where I can have palm trees in my front garden) then I will continue with my city version of enjoying this amazing little treausure. Mahalo Coconuts.