Happy Friday Beauties! How are you feeling today? I am hoping we can put this coldness behind us! Are you feeling motivated? The only thing that has been motivating me recently is firewood and a cozy blanket — oh, and THIS soup in case you missed it!
If you have been following me on Snapchat, then you have seen what I have currently been reading. I wanted to combine this with my next “In the Nude” post because not only are coconuts one of my very favorite things to eat totally nude, but this cookbook is dedicated to all things coconut!
The Whole Coconut.
I have been crazy for the coconut for a long time now. If you know me and my recipes, then you know coconut milk, coconut flour, coconut flakes, coconut water, coconut oil… this being said, I jumped at the chance to grab The Whole Coconut by Nathalie Fraise from Blogging for Books.
This book details the health benefits of coconut, and I will share some of those with you here. I hear time and time again when I mention coconut oil for a cooking fat, “No way! Wendie, you are cooking with saturated fat?!” Yes, Yes I am. Because FAT. WON’T. MAKE. YOU. FAT.
Coconut oil is made up of about 90% saturated fat. I recommend this as a cooking oil because the type of fatty acids that make up the saturated fat in coconut are about 65% medium chain triglycerides (MCT’s). Long-chain fats have to go through a process to break down before they can be absorbed and digested. MCT’s have a shorter chain therefore they are absorbed and digested much quicker through passive diffusion directly from our GI tract to the portal system so they can be used for energy. In the clinical setting, MCT’s are used quite often to treat malabsorption and digestive disorders, ketogenic diets, and for increasing caloric intake without much volume for those with malnutrition or muscle wasting.
Let me give you the skinny on the research:
- Saturated fat does not have a negative effect on our cholesterol levels or overall heart health – here
- Coconut oil increases metabolic rate therefore helping with weight loss. I have gathered some evidence for you here, here, and here.
- Coconuts have antimicrobial properties that can lead to healthier gut absorption and function- here and here.
- Skin integrity – here and here.
Here are the deets on the coconut:
- Healthy, saturated fat (composition 65% MCT)
- Vitamins C & E
- Fiber ( in the coconut meat)
- Electrolytes – potassium, magnesium, manganese, sodium (in coconut water)
How to pick out a coconut: Choose heavy ones with a lot of water sloshing around inside. Shake, Shake Shake!
How to store a coconut: Coconuts can be stored at room temperature until opened, then must be kept in the refrigerator.
How to crack open a coconut: There are two types. Mature coconuts have the hair on the outside and are brown. Young coconuts are white with a tip on one side. Mature coconuts are best cracked open with a hammer (not the flat side, but the side that has the pick) at the top where you will see 3 “eyes”. Young thai coconuts can be cracked using a cleaver knife like this one. These are found in may Asian markets and also in some health food stores.
This is a really great video of how to easily and safely open a young thai coconut in just a minute or two.
Let’s get back to the book now. I loved this book totally devoted to the coconut because I am such a devoted fan! This book has a definite paleo vibe to it, but I like that because I don’t tend to eat many grains. If you are searching for creamy coconut pie or luscious coconut cake, you will not find that here.
I have one quick and skinny thought on this book for you before I wrap up this post :
- It’s not just about coconut water anymore. There are a multitude of coconut products out there, so if you are willing to explore, give this a go because the recipes in this book utilize the coconut meat, coconut butter, coconut oil, coconut milk, etc.
I enjoyed trying out the Black Bean and Chard Quinoa with Tomato Salsa, and I look forward to trying out the Broccoli Rabe, Butternut Squash, and Tempeh Saute and the Green Onion Patties with Spicy Peanut Sauce. I love the layout of this book and the photos are beautiful. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for new ways to use coconut!