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Creamy Coconut Corn

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons butter or ghee
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 red onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • kernels from 8 ears of organic corn
  • 1 can whole coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • sea salt to taste

Directions:

Warm butter or ghee in large saute pan over medium heat. Add peppers and onion. Saute until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in curry powder. Add corn and coconut milk. and bring to a simmer. Simmer uncovered until sauce thickens, about 5 minutes. Stir in cilantro and season with salt.

Adapted from Coconut Corn recipe in Eat Fat Lose Fat by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon. (A great book for weight loss information and recipes!)

Eat Your Vegetables

We all know it’s impossible to get the kids to fall in love with vegetables, but we’ve got the recipes to help you trick them!

How many of you have struggled with getting your kids to eat vegetables? Because I have! Though I don’t have kids of my own just yet when my niece sees anything on her plate she’ll have a temper tantrum. It has become impossible to make her fall in love with vegetables. Today, on Eat Your Vegetable Day, I’ve looked on recipes to trick our kids into thinking they’re not eating veggies. How smart is that!?

Hidden Veggie Burgers

This recipe from Tasty is one that will have the kids asking for a second burger.

Ingredients needed:

2 lb of ground beef

1 tablespoon of salt

1 teaspoon of black pepper

1 teaspoon of garlic powder

1 teaspoon of onion powder

2 carrots (shredded)

2 head of broccoli (shredded)

12 cheese slices

12 burger buns

Kelapo Coconut Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray

In a large bowl, add the ground beef, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Using your hands mix the seasoning with the ground beef and make sure that it’s evenly distributed. Using a shredder, shred the carrots and the broccoli heads and add to the ground beef. Use your hands to mix the veggies with the ground beef. Once mixed together, make 12 small patties by shaping them in your hands. Spray the Kelapo Coconut Oil Spray on the skillet and make about 3 to 4 patties at a time. Top with cheese on the skillet before serving the patty so the cheese melts. Serve on buns with ketchup and mustard. Your kids won’t be able to tell the difference!

Broccoli Pesto Pasta

This pasta may have a green sauce, but your kids will see noodles and definitely not give it a second guess when eating them.

Ingredients needed:

1 cup of broccoli florets (steamed)

1 large handful of fresh basil

1 garlic clove

½ cup of grated parmesan

Salt (to taste)

½ cup of olive oil (more if needed)

Boil up your kid’s favorite pasta then drain and set aside. In a food processor add the broccoli, basil, garlic, parmesan, and salt. Pulse all the ingredients together until they are finely chopped. In between pulses, pour in the olive oil a little bit at a time. Scrape the sides, and check if the consistency is that of pesto sauce. If not, add a bit more olive oil and pulse again.

Peace, love and Kelapo

-Gabriella

DO KETONES HAVE ANTI-AGING EFFECTS?

There is a tiny worm that may tell us a big story about ketones. Called Caenorhabditis elegans, or C. elegans for short, this is a transparent free-living nematode (roundworm) less than 1/8 inch long (1 mm) that moves like a snake. The worm lives only about 2 to 3 weeks and emits a blue fluorescence when it dies.  It is one of the simplest organisms that has a nervous system, consisting of 302 neurons (brain cells) and has been used extensively since 1963 in medical research.  Every type of cell in this worm has been thoroughly studied and its entire genome has been mapped out.  C.elegans is a regular passenger on space flights and on the space station and actually survived the space shuttle Columbia disaster in 2003.  It has been used to study conditions like nicotine addiction, effects of zero gravity on muscle atrophy, sleep and aging. 
            
So, what does this have to do with ketones?  A recent research study using C.elegans strongly suggests that ketones extend lifespan and have anti-aging effects.  As we age, our cells deteriorate, often leading to chronic medical conditions and brain diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Dietary restriction of calories slows the process of aging down and increases the lifespan of many organisms including primates and C.elegans. Dietary restriction is known to increase ketone levels and this could at least partly explain its effects on prolonging life.  Researchers in the anti-aging field look for substances that mimic dietary restriction and lead to longer lifespan and delay the onset of diseases of aging.  It turns out that the ketone betahydroxybutyrate, found in ketone salts (marketed by the Pruvit company), is one of those anti-aging substances. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil, palm kernel oil and MCT oil, partly convert to betahydroxybutyrate as well.
            
In 2015, researchers at the University of South Florida published their study in which they found that high levels of D-betahydroxybutyrate extended the lifespan of C.elegans by 26% and that this effect was likely due, at least in part, to suppressing certain enzymes involved in inflammation and damage from reactive oxygen species. They then studied the effects of betahydroxybutyrate on models of the worm that were engineered to represent Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.  They further found that betahydroxybutyrate delayed the onset of signs of Alzheimer’s in the worm by 15% and also delayed the formation of clumps of the abnormal protein found in Parkinson’s disease by 35%.    The bottom line here is that betahydroxybutyrate prolonged the lifespan and was found to protect brain cells in the worm.
            
In an article published in 2017, Dr. Richard L. Veech and his associates at the National Institutes of Health further explain how these findings in C.elegans might be translated to prolonging human lifespan and delaying effects of aging on the brain.  The likely ketone effects involved include anti-inflammatory effects, reduction of damage from reactive oxygen species, and reducing levels of glucose and insulin.  My summary here is just a simple explanation for the very technical, complicated biochemistry involved.
            
We gigantic humans share many of the same chemical pathways as C. elegans, including those studied in the University of South Florida experiments. Do ketones have anti-aging effects?  Based on the latest information from studying this little worm, the answer to this question appears to be yes!
References:

Edwards C, J Canfield, N Copes, et al. D-beta-hydroxybutyrate extends lifespan in C. elegans. Aging Vol. 6 No. 8 (2014):1-24.
Edwards C, N Copes, PC Bradshaw. D-beta-hydroxybutyrate: an anti-aging ketone body. Oncotarget Vol. 6 No. 6 (2015): 3477-8.

Veech RL, PC Bradshaw, K Clarke, et al. Ketone bodies mimic the life span extending properties of caloric restriction. IUBMB Life Vol. 69 No. 5 (2017):305-314.

Research in 2019 Continues to Show Healing Benefits of Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil Health Benefits Info-graph

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Research outside of the United States continues to show what the world is investigating and learning about coconut oil, while such information is censored in the U.S. corporate “mainstream” media since coconut oil presents a threat to Big Food and Big Pharma’s financial interests.

Recent studies confirm that coconut oil protects the heart, and also potentially protects other vital organs including the liver and kidneys of those suffering from diabetes.

This research contradicts the propaganda against coconut oil by American organizations such as the American Heart Association which still promote the now failed theory of heart disease that blames saturated fats and cholesterol as causative factors in heart disease.

Recent Russian White Paper Explains How Coconut Oil Protects Heart Health

Three Russian researchers collaborated on a “white paper” explaining the health virtues of coconut oil to ameliorate diabetic symptoms and protect cardiovascular disease.

It was published as [Laurine fatty acids, medium fatty acids and triglycerides, hyperlipidemia, resistance to insulin, prevention of atherosclerosis and ateromatosis.] in 2019 by the journal Klinicheskaia laboratornaia diagnostika.

The paper acknowledges the association of low incidences of cardiovascular disease among cultures with high coconut oil consumption.

It details how coconut oil’s high amount of lauric acid is rich with medium chain fatty acids, which can be easily metabolized by the liver to produce ketones for immediate cellular energy in lieu of glucose.

The Russian paper mentions that metabolic improvements among pre-diabetic and diabetic patients are due to the ability of cells to metabolize ketones for energy without needing insulin to escort glucose into the cells.

Usually, various methods of fasting or going on a ketogenic diet are considered the go-to methods of creating enough ketones to bypass metabolic dysfunction. But the Russian researchers offered supplementing with coconut oil as a viable option, stating:

Food enriched with medium-chain TG is optimal for increasing the ketone content in blood plasma, cerebrospinal fluid without limiting the carbohydrate content in food.

The formation of excess ketone bodies by cells can be achieved by activating the metabolic transformations of medium-chain FAs [fatty acids], without fasting and [while] preserving carbohydrates in food.

Coconut oil has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, preventing the formation of atherosclerosis and atheromatosis. (Source)

Also see:

Coconut Oil and Heart Disease

Animal Study in Serbia Demonstrated How Coconut Oil Protects Vital Organs

Researchers at the University of Belgrade in Serbia teamed up to determine if and to what extent does virgin coconut oil (VCO) protect the heart, liver, and kidneys of diabetic rats from oxidative stress. 

The rats were injected with alloxan, a compound used in animal studies to induce diabetes. According to one definition, alloxan at first creates hyperglycemia with insulin resistance, then by damaging beta cells in the pancreas. 

Whether alloxan induces diabetes 2 first or not, ultimately the beta cell damage does occur producing a diabetes 1 result. (Source) 

The results of this 16-week study were published by the journal Food Function on March 13, 2019, as The protective role of virgin coconut oil on the alloxan-induced oxidative stress in the liver, kidneys, and heart of diabetic rats. 

The diabetic-induced rats that were fed a diet that was 20 percent VCO wound up eating less with a reduction of body mass.

The researchers were able to determine that the virgin coconut oil-consuming diabetic rats benefited from various glutathione activities specific to each of the three organs analyzed to protect them from oxidation. The glutathione molecule is considered the master or mother antioxidant.

It can scavenge free radicals from tissues before damage to the tissue occurs. But then the glutathione molecules are saturated with free radicals that need to be unloaded and sent back out empty enough to absorb more free radicals. This process occurs in the liver. 

According to this research, adding virgin coconut oil to the diet augments various glutathione activities specific to the heart, liver, and kidneys to withstand oxidative stress from diabetic conditions and potentially offer some level of symptom relief.

The varied biochemical results led the researchers to conclude:

The results of canonical* discriminant analysis of oxidative stress parameters revealed that VCO exerts its effects in a tissue-specific manner.

*Canonical in this case means “according to recognized rules or scientific laws.” (Source) 

Virgin coconut oil helped metabolize different aspects of glutathione events according to specific organ tissues involved, implying virgin coconut oil adaptogenic with some target selectivity intelligence. 

What this study’s abstract does not mention is how coconut oil’s medium chain triglycerides create an energy source that replaces glucose, and ketone bodies, which are not insulin related. If your cells are insulin resistant, ketones provide cellular energy without needing insulin to metabolize glucose. 

It’s been observed that diabetes 2 can lead to a pancreatic beta cell burnout from over-creating insulin in an attempt to overcome insulin resistance, thus leading to external insulin dependence or diabetes 1. So this is another way coconut oil can help correct diabetes without side effects. 

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Blueberry Muffin Day

National Blueberry Muffin Day means we’re making the BEST blueberry muffins you’ve ever tasted. Personally, I’ve always preferred a muffin over an actual breakfast, but I can’t say that’s the healthiest choice. As for the muffins we’re making today, they’re the best kind! The past of the muffin is the top so adding crumbs to it a no-brainer!

Best Blueberry Muffin

Ingredients needed:

1 large egg

½ cup of almond milk

½ cup of Kelapo Ghee

2 cups of flour (or almond flour)

½ cup of sugar

2 teaspoons of baking powder

½ teaspoon of kosher salt

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

⅓ teaspoon of cinnamon

1 cup of fresh blueberries

Kelapo Coconut Oil Non-Stick Cooking Spray

Crumbs

⅓ cup of sugar

¼ cup of flour (or almond flour)

8 tablespoons of Kelapo Ghee

First, begin by preheating the oven to 400 degrees. Then in a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon, and mix. In a separate bowl, add the Kelapo Ghee and sugar and using a hand mixer blend the two ingredients for about 2 to 3 minutes. In that same bowl, eggs and vanilla extract then beat with the hand mixer until you get a soft and creamy consistency. Next, gradually add in almond milk and mix it in with the hand mixer. Next up is adding the dry ingredients into the bowl with the batter. This you’ll want to do gradually as well so the flour does not scatter about. Beat it until the consistency becomes thick. Last, but not least, add the blueberries! Using a non-stick spatula, carefully fold the blueberries into the muffin batter. Make sure not to tear any blueberries. Grease the muffin tin with Kelapo Coconut Oil Spray and pour the batter in. Try not to fill each tin more than halfway.

To make the crumbs simple add the sugar, flour, and Kelapo Ghee into a small bowl and combine using a fork. The idea is to mix it together until you get crumbly pieces. After you’ve got the crumbs, drizzle them over the muffin batter. Then pop those bad boys in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the knife comes out clean. Once out the oven, let them cool for 10 minutes

As Pharma Anti-fungal Drugs Fail, Is Coconut Oil Best Defense for New Deadly “Mystery Infection?”

White pill box with coconut oil concept.

by Paul Fassa
Health Impact News

Headlines in the corporate-sponsored “mainstream” media this past week warned the public about a new “mysterious infection” that is drug-resistant.

As a recent NY Times Health Section article reported, there is allegedly a hospital cover-up of an emerging candida fungus, Candida or C. auris.

It is the latest antimicrobial drug-resistant “super-bug” to emerge in hospitals and nursing homes. This time it’s not about bacteria, it’s a virulent form of Candida.

And while the corporate media, sponsored in a large degree by Big Pharma, will almost never report on natural solutions, there is hope for fighting fungal infections like Candida where drugs have failed.

One of the most beneficial natural products that fights and kills strains of Candida, according to peer-reviewed research over the past several years, is coconut oil.

A Major Factor That Has Contributed to Candida Overgrowth and C. Auris

It seems there are many who can carry this fungus on their skin without ill effects as long as it doesn’t get into the bloodstream. 

Candida auris manages to develop and remain on any material. So an asymptomatic human carrier can bring this fungus into a hospital room where it can prey on the elderly and ill who have to stay for any length of time.

So far, this hospital-borne, antifungal drug-resistant C. auris is not threatening populations outside of hospitals and nursing homes where the more vulnerable elderly and sick live day to day. 

Most of the Candida auris infections occurred in a few hospitals in England, Spain, parts of Asia, and now in the USA. But nearly half of the several hundred immunocompromised elderly and sick infected with C. auris have died. (Source)

The overuse of pharmaceutical antibiotics has led to a crisis of antibiotic, drug-resistant super-bugs. It’s known that a majority of pharma antibiotics are used on factory farm livestock as a pre-slaughter fattener and to protect them against the diseases from overcrowded, unnatural feeding conditions called CAFOs (concentrated animal feeding operations).  

Enough antibiotics wind up in our food chain to create a tipping point for those who subsist on the Standard American Diet (SAD) which includes factory farm meat and dairy products retaining some levels of those antibiotics. Add this to overly-prescribed antibiotics.

What happens is pathogenic microbes mutate and develop resistance over time to those drugs. Perhaps it’s more a case of that antimicrobial drug no longer being able to identify its target. 

Natural microbes can figure out how to avoid synthetic chemicals imposed on them. They have an ample supply of pharmaceutical antibiotic drugs to practice survival with. Apparently, pathogens haven’t grasped how to outsmart natural antimicrobial agents such as colloidal silver and coconut oil.

Perhaps even more importantly, those antibiotics harm and reduce the “good” bacteria in our microbiomes that serve and protect us. They wind up making us more vulnerable to infectious diseases or contribute toward auto-immune diseases, which are more on the rise than infectious diseases. (Source)

Most Candida overgrowth sufferers have had a history of antibiotic use. Candida yeast cells comprise a minority of our microbiome population. Normally, they’re kept in check by the majority of our beneficial bacteria. 

But if antibiotics are used enough to significantly deplete the beneficial bacteria, those candida cells rapidly rise to overwhelm the microbiome balance and create a candida overgrowth. 

Ironically, the overuse of antibiotics has also led to the rise of candida overgrowth known as Candida albicans, or yeast infections, and now this new antifungal-resistant Candida auris. See:

Pharmaceutical Antibiotic Drugs: Life Saver or Life Destroyer?

Antifungal drugs are not as commonly used for humans and animals as antibiotics. But two of the scientists interviewed in the NY Times article claim antifungal crop-spraying has been the major contributor toward creating this new antifungal drug resistance. (Source)

A 2013 study, Emergence of Azole-Resistant Aspergillus fumigatus Strains due to Agricultural Azole Use Creates an Increasing Threat to Human Health, carefully examined this situation.  Azole-based fungicides are commonly used in agriculture.

Attempts at creating cocktails of existing antifungal drugs have proven to have little effect on Candida auris. Even if somewhat effective, antifungal drugs are packaged with some potentially nasty side effects. 

What Coconut Oil Can Do for Candida Overgrowth

Coconut oil’s natural antifungal efficacy offers additional health benefits instead of adverse side effects. This is the prophylactic dynamic and part of the potential healing solution to this hyped-up candida danger. 

Yet, there was no mention of this by the CDC or media regarding the sudden appearance of antifungal resistant Candida auris. Part of this is due to the official dogma of the cholesterol theory of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity over the past 50 plus years which has been proven false. 

And coconut oil has been demonized as an unhealthy saturated fat.

But the saturated fat/cholesterol theory of heart disease, diabetes, and obesity is simply a false dogma based on faulty science, enforced by government and non-government agencies and bolstered by the processed low-fat food industry and promoted by mainstream media. There was a media exception. See:

Time Magazine: We Were Wrong About Saturated Fats

There have been many studies done on coconut oil and its beneficial fatty acids, mostly in other nations, that haven’t been given any mainstream media exposure in the U.S. The most potent beneficial fatty acids in coconut oil fighting candida overgrowth are: 

  • Caproic Acid
  • Caprylic Acid
  • Capric Acid
  • Lauric Acid 

A 2012 study in Japan, [Inhibition of Candida mycelia growth by a medium chain fatty acids, capric acid in vitro and its therapeutic efficacy in murine oral candidiasis]found all four fatty acids have pronounced antiseptic properties on candida fungi. 

A Nigerian study in 2007, In vitro antimicrobial properties of coconut oil on Candida species in Ibadan, Nigeria, analyzed the antifungal properties of coconut oil compared to the pharmaceutical antifungal drug fluconazole, concluding:

Coconut oil should be used in the treatment of fungal infections in view of emerging drug-resistant Candida species. (Source)

Anecdotal successes with coconut oil have been reported at coconutoil.com. One person wrote: 

It’s been 5 years that I have really been struggling with this (though the imbalance was established long before that).  I read that taking …..Virgin Coconut Oil could help with a candida imbalance and it really has. (Source)

Another testified: 

I’ve been battling a systemic candida yeast infection for over ten years. I have the mutated (fungal) stage and it’s the toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. … there are no phamaceuticals for it that are effective.

Candida yeast can overgrow in the gut under the right conditions until it mutates and becomes an invading pathogen, moves out of the gut and grows in mass in any part of the body.

When it affects a vital organ, then it can be deadly.

I’ve tried everything from conventional drugs to all the natural remedies … but have never experienced the “die-off effect,” or Herxheimer Reaction … symptoms generated by a detoxification process.

[This oil] is something I will not be without for the rest of my life. (Source)

More Studies on Coconut Oil for Fungal Yeast Infections 

The efficacy of coconut oil for yeast infection suppression was tested at Tufts University in Massachusetts in 2015. 

The study report advised looking more into coconut oil as a medical treatment for candida overgrowth issues to reduce writing prescriptions for antifungals. 

Lead study author Kearney Gunsalus, PhD, explained:

The potential use of coconut oil in the short term to control the rate of fungal overgrowth should not be considered a prophylactic approach to preventing fungal infections.

We want to give clinicians a treatment option that might limit the need for antifungal drugs.

If we can use coconut oil as a safe, dietary alternative, we could decrease the amount of antifungal drugs used, reserving antifungal drugs for critical situations. (Source)

An earlier study examined caprylic acid, which is one of four fatty acids contained in coconut oil that are effective against candida overgrowth. It compared the results of caprylic acid with Diflucan, a pharmaceutical antifungal drug, concluding: 

Caprylic acid is superior to & less expensive than Diflucan, [a pharmaceutical antifungal] & has potential application for anti-cancer, anti-aging, anti-Alzheimer’s disease, anti-Autism, anti-infection, & general circulatory improvement. (Source)

That’s quite a lot of medicinal power for only one of the four beneficial, easily-digested, medium chain fatty acids contained in coconut oil.

Dietary Assistance to Support Coconut Oil Efficacy

Many holistic doctors consider coconut oil as the “pesticide” part of a healing protocol involving a proper diet to support a gut microbiome population balance. 

The dietary discipline usually involves greatly reducing sugar and refined carbohydrate intake and avoiding processed vegetable oils and margarine with trans-fatty acids and packaged foods with preservatives and MSG. 

For most Candida sufferers, 3.5 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil daily may provide a sufficient pesticide for reducing candida growth to healthy gut microbiome parameters. But it should be supported by a proper diet. A ketogenic high fat low carb diet is an effective dietary solution. 

At the very least, one should at least greatly minimize sugars and other simple or refined carbs that candida thrive on. Don’t fall for the artificial sweetener “solution” either. They are as bad or worse than sugars and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). 

Replace convenient processed foods with high quality, pure, whole foods, and don’t use microwave ovens for cooking or warming foods or liquids.

Add probiotic fermented foods to your daily food consumption to bolster the friendly benign bacteria’s population in your gut microbiome. It’s best to make your own milk or water kefir. You can order “starter grains” with instructions for making these kefirs online.

Prebiotic foods are what probiotic (friendly or good bacteria) thrive on. Surprisingly, starchy foods once cooked then cooled and consumed cold provide a prebiotic foundation to help support your probiotic bacteria. 

Using only organic whole grains or potatoes is recommended by food and nutrition experts as the starchy foods to create this “resistant starch,” meaning it resists being broken down into glucose. Instead, it forms into a food source for probiotic bacteria. See:

Study: Candida Infections Can Be Controlled with Coconut Oil

 

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National Coconut Day

We’re happy to announce National Coconut Day is officially June 26th! Today will be the first year that it is celebrated and what better way to do that than with these sweet treats? All made with coconut goodness of course! Enjoy them all without the added guilty conscious if you know what I mean!

We’re excited to continue sharing amazing benefits of coconut oil! Whether if it’s for your skin or for making delicious food, coconut oil is the best alternative.

Zucchini Brownies

Did you say zucchini brownies? Why yes, I did. Zucchini, like cauliflower, has become mainstream and we are hyping up all its tasty and healthy benefits.

Ingredients needed:

2 cups of zucchini (finely shredded)

1 large egg

½ cup of Kelapo Coconut Oil (melted)

½ cup of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract

½ cup of cacao powder

1 ½ teaspoon of baking soda

½ teaspoon of salt

1 cup of spelt flour

First, start by preheating your oven to 375 degrees. Then place the finely shredded zucchini in a colander so it can rinse any excess water out, as you prep the other ingredients. In a large bowl, add the egg, Kelapo Coconut Oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix everything together with a hand mixer or whisk. Once combined, add the cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt into that same bowl and blend with the hand mixer. Once, that’s done it’s time to add the zucchini. You’ll want to give the zucchini a gentle squeeze but not ring out completely. Place the zucchini into the same bowl with other ingredients then stir in gently with a non-stick spatula. Mix in the flour in the same bowl. Once everything is well-combined, place the batter in an 8×8 baking dish with unbleached parchment paper. Make sure to level the batter. Place in the oven for about 25 to 28 minutes, or until the toothpick comes out somewhat not clean. After baked, remove from oven and let cool for about an hour to an hour and a half. Enjoy!

Coconut Almond Candy Cups

Ingredients needed:

½ cup of coconut butter

½ cup of sprouted almond butter

1 tablespoon of natural sweetener

½ teaspoon of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of Kelapo Coconut Oil

1 cup of chocolate chips

18 sprouted almonds

Add the coconut butter, sprouted almond butter, honey, and vanilla extract into a food processor and blend. Make sure to mix it until the consistency is very smooth. Pour the mixture into a mini muffin cup tray and fill each one about ¾ full. Place the tray in the freezer for 1 hour to 1 hour and a half. Once they’re solid, take them out to add the layer of chocolate. To melt the chocolate, place the Kelapo Coconut Oil and chocolate chips in a small saucepan. Melt over low heat while continuously stirring. Once the chocolate has completely melted, pour over each of the almond cups. Place an almond on top of each cup and place the trays in the fridge for about 2 hours. Then take out and instantly enjoy!

Peace, love and Kelapo

-Gabriella

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We’re Coconuts for Coconut Day!

Every day leading up to National Coconut Day on June 26th we’re making coconut inspired recipes! That means 6 delicious recipes in 3 days! Today’s menu is lunch and breakfast.

Coconut Waffles with Mango

Ingredients needed:

1 cup of flour

2 tablespoons of sugar

1 teaspoon of baking powder

½ teaspoon of baking soda

Salt (to taste)

1 cup of coconut milk

3 tablespoon of Kelapo Coconut Oil (melted)

1 large egg

Kelapo Coconut Oil Non-Sticking Cooking Spray

Mangos (sliced)

To make this dish, grab a large bowl and add the following ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Using a whisk, blend all the ingredients together. In a separate bowl, add the Kelapo Coconut Oil, coconut milk and an egg then whisk it all together with the hand mixer. Once the wet ingredients are completely combined, add them to the bowl with the dry ingredients. Heat up your waffle iron before putting in the batter. Grease the waffle iron with Kelapo Coconut Oil Spray and then cook waffles based on waffle iron instructions. Cook until waffles are nice and crispy. Ad whipped cream and maple syrup on top! Serve with mangos for a delicious treat.

Spicy Kale and Coconut Fried Rice

Ingredients needed:

2 tablespoons of Kelapo Coconut Oil

2 eggs (whisked)

2 cloves of garlic (minced)

¾ cup of green onions (chopped)

1 cup of carrots (chopped)

1 medium bunch of kale (ribs removed and leaves chopped)

¼ teaspoon of salt

¾ cup of large unsweetened coconut flakes

2 cups of brown rice (cooked)

2 teaspoons of soy sauce (low sodium)

2 teaspoons of sriracha

1 lime (halved)

1 cup of fresh cilantro

Heat a large (12-inch or wider) wok, cast iron skillet or non-stick frying pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot enough that a drop of water sizzles on contact, add 1 teaspoon oil and swirl the pan to coat the bottom. Pour in the eggs and cook, stirring frequently, until the eggs are scrambled and lightly set. Transfer the eggs to your empty bowl. Wipe out the pan if necessary with a paper towel (be careful, it’s hot!).

Add 1 tablespoon oil to the pan and add the garlic, green onions and optional additional vegetables. Cook until fragrant or until the vegetables are tender, stirring frequently, for 30 seconds or longer. Add the kale and salt. Continue to cook until the kale is wilted and tender, stirring frequently, about 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer the contents of the pan to your bowl of eggs.

Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pan. Pour in the coconut flakes and cook, stirring frequently, until the flakes are lightly golden, about 30 seconds. Add the rice to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is hot, about 3 minutes.

Pour the contents of the bowl back into the pan, breaking up the scrambled egg with your spatula or spoon. Once warmed, remove the pan from the heat.

Add the tamari, chili garlic sauce and juice of ½ lime. Stir to combine. Taste, and if it’s not fantastic yet, add another teaspoon of tamari or a pinch of salt, as needed.

Slice the remaining ½ lime into wedges, then divide the fried rice into individual bowls. Garnish with wedges of lime and a sprinkling of torn cilantro leaves, with jars of tamari, chili garlic sauce and/or red pepper flakes on the side, for those who might want more.

Peace, love and Kelapo

-Gabriella

Coconut Fried Potatoes

Ingredients:
3 large organic potatoes with skin, thinly sliced
6 tablespoons of organic virgin coconut oil
sea salt for taste

Directions:
Place a large, flat skillet on stove-top and heat on medium-high for a minute. Drop coconut oil onto skillet and let it melt. Arrange potato slices on top of the oil in a single layer and sprinkle them with salt. Cook until brown (about 10 minutes; longer depending on the thickness of the slices), then flip.

Cook another 10 minutes. Serve immediately. Makes 3 servings with two tablespoons of coconut oil per serving.



You can also add chopped onion, bell pepper,and/or diced garlic for variation. Or try using your favorite organic seasoning salt.



 

This recipe is adapted from Swanson Health Product’s Healthy Recipes found at: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/health-library/recipes/coconut-fried-potatoes.html 

This recipe is especially good if you are on a coconut oil diet! If you want to learn more about how to lose weight with coconut oil, check out my website at http://coconut-oil-diet.com