CocoNUTS

What can I say, I have always been nuts about anything made with coconut. My taste buds just love any Thai dish made with coconut milk, Barefoot Contessa’s coconut cupcakes, coconut macaroons,  Jet-Puffed toasted coconut marshmallows. And the list goes on…

But never in a million years did I think  I  would ever drink something coconut to hydrate my body during and after strenuous exercise.

It was three years ago that I went on a quest to find a new sports drink to hydrate during and post long runs. Gatorade was just not cutting it anymore.  I don’t know if the company was messing around with its original formula by adding new ingredients or more sugar;  but something was different.  It left a nasty aftertaste in my mouth and actually made me more thirsty after I chugged it down. I felt like Gatorade was dehydrating me if that makes any sense.

I don’t remember how I discovered coconut water and it really does not matter. Because I was hooked on the refreshing taste of 100% plain pure coconut water after first sip. Coconut water is the liquid inside a young, green coconut. The plain coconut water taste is mildly sweet with just a hint of coconut flavor. It’s not overpowering at all.   You can also buy coconut water flavored with tropical fruits if plain is too boring.  Most brands available at supermarkets are made with all natural sugar and ingredients.  It also packed with more nutrients, electrolytes and carbohydrates than any other sports drink.

And when you thought coconuts couldn’t get any better.

Last year when my husband was misdiagnosed with acid reflux, an ulcer or possible pancreatitis, I constantly searched Dr. Google for ingredients and foods that his digestive system could tolerate better without having to run to the bathroom the second he finished his meal.

On one of my searches, I stumbled on this site and many other websites that discussed the health benefits of adding coconut oil  to your diet to treat and improve digestive disorders including pancreatitis. I was also surprised  to learn that coconut oil could also benefit people with skin and hair issues to even helping with people with weight loss.  No kidding, coconut oil can help treat and aid a list of serious illnesses and ailments a mile long.  Who would have thought that coconut oil was so good for you? I’m sure you can only imagine how fast I drove to the grocery store to hunt down a case of this oil.

Sadly, it turned out that my husband did not have pancreatitis or an ulcer. He had something much more serious as you know from reading one of my first posts.  It doesn’t mean that we didn’t and still enjoy all the toast and salad dressings we made with and topped with coconut oil.  I will share with you the latest and greatest use for coconut oil. And I am happy to report that my husband can eat this tasty snack again without any stomach distress.

hint- you melt it in the bottom of a pan to transform kernels into corn.

All I can say is OMG – this stuff is DELISH. Take a peak on how it turned out.

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Trust me on this one, the next time you make a batch of homemade popcorn the old-fashioned way on the stove, melt a little of  this heavenly oil on the bottom before adding the kernels.  You won’t be disappointed.

Any other coconut lovers out there? I would love to hear about your coconut concoctions in the comment section. Say that one three time fast.