Saturday, November 6, 2010

Cuckoo For Coconuts

The Castaways- good thing the girls brought heels!
Not since back in the days of watching Gilligan’s Island have I heard so much about coconuts. Remember Maryann and her steady stream of coconut cream pies? How did she bake pies on that island anyway? 

Madonna Getting Coconutty
You don’t have to be a raw foodie these days to hear the buzz about coconuts. There are displays popping up all over stores with packaged coconut water, celebs everywhere are making it their new drink of choice, coconut oil is replacing all others oils in the kitchen and coconut milk is replacing cow's milk in recipes for the lactose intolerant. If you are raw you see that almost every raw food recipe has coconut meat, water, milk, oil or butter in there some where. Now there is even coconut sweeteners, amino acids, flours… I could go on and on.

But really, what is all the fuss over coconuts lately? Wasn’t it not long ago that coconuts and their healthy fats were heralded as a threat to your heart? As it turns out that was a marketing ploy to remove coconut oil from the market and replace it with the “healthier” hydrogenated soybean oil, in other words- big business. There was never any data to back any of those claims up and since then we have learned the truth about hydrogenated anything- I should hope and the truth about coconut oil has reemerged.

Coconuts have been around for centuries, used in both food and medicine by cultures that value it so highly they call it the “Tree of Life.” Incidents of heart disease in those regions has always been among the lowest of any cultures, not to mention they have fewer diseases and ailments.

He who plants a coconut tree plants food and drink, vessels and clothing, a heat source, habitation for himself and a heritage for his children.

~A South Seas saying

Nature’s purest mineralized water.

Perfectly sterile in it’s sealed package, coconut water is purified through the tree trunk and full of minerals. It takes nine months for one liter of water to be purified. It is actually identical to human plasma and so sterile and hydrating that during World War 2, the Coconut IV was born, reviving soldiers with an alternative to scarce blood plasma.

Health Benefits of Drinking Coconut Water Regularly

                Naturally Boost Immune System
                Improves Intestinal Health
                Increases Metabolism & Weight Loss
                Balances Body PH
                Detoxify & Fight Viruses
                Stops Fatigue
                Prevents Hypertension
                Controls Diabetes
                Aids in Circulation
                Reduces Cancer Risk
                Treats Kidney Stones
                Eases Stomach Pain & Vomiting

It is also nature's perfect energy drink. That’s why all these have arrived on the scene:

As an isotonic and natural electrolyte beverage coconut water is a great alternative to sugary energy drinks. Abundant in calcium, potassium and low in sodium, calories and natural sugars, this drink serves as a nutritious cholesterol free boost after workouts. Because coconut water has less calories and sodium than most soft drinks or juices in the supermarket, companies such as Coco-Cola and Pepsico are buying up the biggest producers of coconut water or getting in on the distribution rights.

“Vita Coco is the only major coconut water that has so far remained independent of either soda giant.

There is so many great things to be said about Coconut Oil that it could fill a book and it has:

The Coconut Oil Miracle (Previously published as The Healing Miracle of Coconut Oil)

Coconut Oil Has Been Said To:
  •  Kill Viruses & Fungi
  • Provide Quick Energy
  • Improve Digestion,
  • Reverse Effects Of Hypothyroidism and Diabetes
  • Remove Precancerous Skin Lesions
  • Facilitate Fat Loss
  • (just to name a few)

Ok So Where Do I Start? 
Nice Coconuts!
First you have to get yourself a coconut, a Young Thai coconut is best or as a second best option just get a package of coconut water depending on your use. Just to be clear we are talking about the white pointy ones that you find in the health food market or Asian markets and not the mature brown ones, which are good only for the heavier meat used as shredded coconut. 

It can be tricky at first to open one of these puppies but once you do it a couple of times it is a snap and you will wonder why you were ever intimidated.

A Great Video Showing How to Open A Coconut

Please watch this if you haven’t opened one before. There are many videos out there and not all are safe methods to copy.

Coconut Meat or Jelly

The meat and water will last at least five days in the fridge and the meat is good to freeze until ready for use.

Then What?

  • Drink the water straight from the coconut or carton for a refreshing drink.
  • Add the water to your smoothies in place of regular water or juice for extra hydration, electrolytes and flavor.
  • Make coconut mylk by blending water and meat together for a creamy concoction.
  • One of my favorite green smoothies uses coconut mylk, mangoes, pineapple and bananas with some greens thrown in of course.
  • Use the meat for creaminess in making ice cream and all sorts of other good things.
  • Add a tablespoon or two of coconut oil to your smoothies to start melting the fat

And keep an eye out for my next post about some easy delicious soups that use coconut meat and water.

Lili Enjoying Her Coconut
Ps: Coconut Shells Make Great "Chew Bones!"


TanjaJo said...

Love the pic with Lili and the coconut. Some day I plan on orderering a case of coconut water to try, and to use in recipes. Another great article, Jodi.

Jodi ~Getting Raw said...

Thanks Tanja! The Coconut water would be another great add for your runs. A great recovery drink.


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