Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you probably already know that coconut oil is the preferred fat of choice amongst fitness experts and influencers. Not only is it absolutely tasty, but it’s filled to the brim with tons of great nutrients that have incredible health benefits for those who take it.
One of the most popular characteristics of Coconut Oil is the way it aids weight loss. Other great and equally fantastic properties of coconut oil are that it can help improve brain function and kill harmful pathogens in the body when ingested. In terms of external use, coconut oil also has a ton of properties that are fantastic for moisturizing and helping with damage.
Let’s not carried away though. We know that most people love coconut oil for its health benefits. After all, just a single tablespoon (or two) can help you burn up to 5 percent more calories per day. Coconut oil can even help you decrease your appetite. If you’re eager to include coconut oil in your daily life for the purpose of weight loss but aren’t quite sure how to start, we’ve got some great suggestions for you to start.
Tip 1: Add it to Your Morning Cup of Joe
Some of you may have already heard of bulletproof coffee. It was coined by Dave Asprey and involves adding coconut oil to your coffee instead of creamer and sugar. By switching out your typical creamer and sweetener with coconut oil, you take in good fats first thing in the morning instead of something that could potentially clog your arteries.
The good fat found in coconut oil is called medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) and can help you burn more fat and calories throughout the day than you normally would. If you’re willing to give bulletproof coffee a try, be sure that you don’t just pour it in. All that’s going to do is give you an oily film on top of your coffee that could make your coffee a tough drink to swallow.
Instead throw it into a blender and give it a whirl. What you’ll get in the end is a beautiful frothy and creamy drink that will satisfy you in the morning.
Tip 2: Switch Your Eggs Out with Coconut Oil
We love our eggs as much as the next fitness junkie out there but swapping out your eggs for some coconut oil every now and then could do you a world of good because of the MCTs it contains. Sure, you’ll get a few more calories than you would with an egg (a large egg has about 70 calories while a tablespoon of coconut oil has roughly 120), but the trade-off is worth it. Just one tablespoon of coconut oil is enough to replace the use of an egg when it comes to baked goods. Give it a try some time and enjoy the additional flavor profile it gives your baked goodies.
Tip 3: Cook with Coconut Oil Instead of Butter or Vegetable Oil
In this day, the most commonly used oil or fat for cooking is a toss-up between vegetable oil and butter. There’s a lot of people claiming health benefits to these kinds of oil, but when it really comes down to it, nothing’s better than the appetite-suppressing and fat-burning qualities that coconut oil can give you.
Instead of cooking your favorite stir-fry recipe with vegetable oil, try going with some coconut oil instead. You’ll be surprised with how the flavor of coconut oil can enhance the natural taste of foods like curries, kale, and even your favorite omelet.
Generally speaking, virgin, unrefined coconut oil is better, however, it has a stronger coconut flavor that some people may not like. If whatever you’re cooking isn’t going to benefit from a hint of coconut, then go with regular coconut oil instead.
Tip 4: Make Healthy and Tasty Snacks with Coconut Oil
It’s a simple rule of thumb to remember: having healthy snacks available to you will reduce the likelihood of bingeing on salt and hydrogenated fat laden food items. There are tons of great snacks that you can whip up with coconut oil, but our favorite these days has got to be kale chips.
If you love that irresistible salty crunch of a potato chip, kale chips are a great, healthy, and equally tasty dupe. Contrary to popular belief, they’re also relatively simple to make. All it takes is tearing up kale leaves into bite-sized pieces, giving those leaves a nice massage with some coconut oil, spreading them out on a baking sheet and giving them a light sprinkle of sea salt.
All that’s left to do after is to throw them in the oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes or until their crisp and lightly browned. You may want to keep a close eye on the kale chips while they’re in the oven though and give them a toss around to prevent them from burning.
Tip 5: Down A Tablespoon of Coconut Oil in the Morning (or When You Feel Sluggish)
Feeling fatigued or sluggish isn’t anything new. In fact, this pretty common amongst people who don’t get enough exercise in or eat unhealthy diets. This is also going to be common if you’re just starting to adjust your lifestyle to a healthier one. When you start feeling that fatigue or if you’re not feeling energetic in the morning, take a tablespoon of coconut oil instead of going for caffeine, sugar or some other kind of junk food for energy.
For those of you who aren’t too keen on taking a spoonful of coconut oil straight up, then you can incorporate it into a low-calorie smoothie, munch on those kale chips we taught you how to make earlier, or maybe even whip up a serving of coconut oil fudge. These light snacks will give you the energy surge that you’re looking for and you’ll even enjoy the fat-burning properties of coconut oil while you’re at it.