As we wrap up our 4 part chit chat about superfoods and just how super they make us feel, with summer here its only fitting that week 4 be all about the super hydrating electrolyte packing Coconut!!
Most people know what a mature coconut looks like, a brown husky shell with a sweet and thick meaty inside. Of course us health nuts tend to prefer the young coconuts, the greenish yellow smooth shelled coconuts with a softer thinner meat.
Young coconuts are a superior food, in actual fact they can even be life saving. The clear coconut water is one of the highest sources of electrolytes found in nature. Making it perfect for the hot summer months, but also great for athletes and even wonderful for mothers during child birth.
Young coconut water is closely identical to human blood plasma, making it a universal donor. Brilliant isn’t it!!
Back in World War 2 wounded soldiers were given coconut water for emergency plasma transfusions.
Young coconut meat is more beneficial that in its mature state. Some of these amazing qualities include:
Improvement of the nervous system, rejuvenating oxidative tissue damage , increasing breast-milk production, digestive aid and we will fill you in on a few more.
The oil, the cream and the young flesh are all such super healers! They are all valuable to the immune system as they contain antiviral, antifungal and antimicrobial fatty acids. This helps fight off bacteria, fungal overgrowths and viruses.
They all help improve the bodies absorption of calcium and magnesium.
Powerful antioxidants help improve the skin.
They help regulate and support hormone production, help the body use the essential fatty acids more efficiently and also help increase metabolism due to the presence of the medium chain saturated fatty acids. Coconuts and their oil have been given such a bad rap because of its high calorie and fat content when in actual fact it has been proven to help with weight loss ( farm animals fed coconut products are never obese!!)
Young coconut water is especially beneficial for infants too, great for hydration and excellent in improving muscle size and general physical growth .
Coconut oil can also be fabulous as a skin moisturizer, and can soothe and even prevent skin eruptions and rashes. Try rubbing over sun burnt skin ( hopefully that won’t happen to you this summer, but just incase!), the oil will soothe as well as heal the irritated skin and quite possibly stop it from pre mature aging as well, worth a shot eh!
So how can people possibly speak negatively about our amazing coconuts after seeing the crazy long list of nutritional benefits, its just nuts isn’t it!! Coconuts are awesome!
If you are looking to use your smoothie as more of a meal and would like it to keep you full longer, simply add a tablespoon of coconut oil and it just may do the trick. The recipes and options for using coconuts in their various forms are endless really, super versatile indeed.
Anything from adding dried coconut pieces to your trail mix, sprinkled over fresh fruit with a hint of lime juice, it can be made into coconut milk, great in raw desserts , eaten on its own and oh so much more.
How about a yummy blueberry coconut ice cream in this hot summer heat? Give it a go:
Take 2 cups of raw cashews
3 cups of coconut water or spring water
The flesh of one young coconut
1/2 cup of coconut oil
1 cup of agave nectar
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla powder
1 cup of frozen blueberries ( fresh is fine too)
pinch of salt
First blend the cashew and strain through a nut milk bad and blend all other ingredients and mix together. Freeze for about 4 hours and serve with a sprinkle of shredded raw coconut.
Well now that our Superfoods series is complete we’d love to know from you how superfoods are helping to make you feel super? Do they give you more energy, help you sleep better, provide much needed vegan protein? Comment below and let us know! 🙂