Why Use Coconut Oil? Healthy Tip Of The Week!

Why Use Coconut Oil | Healthy Tip Of The Week! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Woohoo!  It’s Healthy Tip of the Week time again.

Today, I’d like to talk to you about an ingredient I use a lot in my kitchen and that’s coconut oil.

First off, coconut oil is an oil you can use on a clean lifestyle. It can be used to fry, bakesauté, grease baking dishes, even harden, just like I did in my dark chocolate peanut butter cups.

Yes, it’s true that coconut oil is a saturated fat – but it doesn’t work the same way in our bodies as other types of saturated fats. In fact, coconut oil actually works to increase our metabolism, improve our cholesterol, and even help boost brain function.

I often get asked what coconut oil looks like?  Is it like crisco, or is it more like a canola oil?

Unlike most vegetable oils, coconut oil is actually solid at room temperature. So, during the colder months or if you stick it in the fridge, it can become very hard. When this is the case, simply placing it in the microwave for about 10 seconds or heat it in a sauce pan and it will melt it easily.

Why Use Coconut Oil? | Healthy Tip Of The Week! | A Sweet Pea Chef

You can use coconut oil in place of butter, shortening, and oil in most (if not all) of your baking.

Remember, though, coconut oil will solidify if added to cold ingredients (i.e., eggs and milk) so it’s best to make sure all ingredients in the recipe are at room temperature before you add the coconut oil.

Why Use Coconut Oil?

 

In order to enjoy the health benefits I’ve discussed in this video, you need to use organic, virgin coconut oil – NOT the refined stuff. BUT, if you don’t like the taste of coconut, you can use expeller pressed coconut oil instead.

So, now that you know why and how to use it, go grab yourself a bottle and try it out!

Here are some recipes that use coconut oil:

Stay tuned for more healthy tips of the week! If you have a question you’d like to cover, share in the comments below 🙂

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

4 thoughts on “Why Use Coconut Oil? Healthy Tip Of The Week!

  1. You mentioned putting chopped up peanut butter cups on top of vanilla ice cream. Do you have a recipe for your vanilla ice cream? I live in a small town in the South and we do not have a grocery store that sells “clean” ice cream. I would love to make my own. I am really enjoying your blog. Keep up the good work!

  2. Rightly said Lacey. Using coconut oil is much more healthier than using any other oil. It keeps your metabolism function faster and also improves the functioning of our brain. Thanks for making people aware about the benefit of eating right and choosing the right products. Keep it up 🙂

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