One of the healthiest foods that many people are still not making good use of in their day to day diet plan is coconut. Coconut has been proven to provide a wide range of health benefits including boosting your heart health, improving your skin’s health, enhancing your body composition, and providing a good source of useable energy. It something as Red Deer personal trainers we find ourselves recommending more and more often.
The primary reason why some people are still not including it into their daily diet however is simply because they don’t know how to go about adding it in.
So let’s walk you through some quick ideas so that you don’t miss out on what coconut has to offer any longer.
Use Coconut Milk In Smoothies
First, for added taste and healthy fats, consider using coconut milk when preparing your fresh fruit smoothies. This works particularly well if you’re preparing a smoothie with bananas or pineapples, so definitely consider those two fruit options.
Add Dried Coconut To Your Oats
Next, also consider adding some dried coconut to your morning bowl of oatmeal as well. This is a fast and easy way to add some healthy fats to start your day and will definitely boost the flavor.
You always want to choose unsweetened oatmeal varieties and then add ingredients yourself to keep the sugar content down. This method helps you accomplish just that.
Add Coconut Oil Into Baked Goods
When it comes to your baking, consider swapping out olive oil for coconut oil instead. In many recipes, you can easily make this swap while still maintaining the overall integrity of the recipe, so it’s an easy replacement to make.
Plus, it’ll add a hint of coconut flavor, which most people definitely enjoy.
Flavor Protein Shakes With Dried Coconut
The next quick way to incorporate coconut into your diet plan is with protein shakes. Start adding some dried coconut to those to increase the healthy fat content as well.
Many people are in the habit of using flaxseed oil or dried flaxseeds, but coconut flakes are a great substitute.
Hydrate With Coconut Water
Finally, don’t overlook hydrating with coconut water as well. While coconut water won’t provide nearly the same degree of healthy fats as dried coconut provides you, coconut water is a very good source of electrolytes, so will help you maintain proper concentration levels in the body.
For those who are regularly keeping active, this is a very important thing and for this reason, more and more people are currently starting to opt for coconut water rather than a typical sports beverage after they complete their hard training workout sessions.
Coconut water does contain a few calories however, so just be sure that you add those to your daily total so that you aren’t gaining weight because of this addition.
So there you have some fast and easy ways to start adding more coconut to your day. Get these in and you will reap the health benefits that this powerful food has to offer.
Here’s a fun and healthy recipe for you to start your coconut adventure!
Chocolate Coconut Cookies
1 scoop chocolate casein protein
1 scoop chocolate whey protein
¼ cup almond milk
1/8 cup peanut butter
¼ cup died coconut
1/8 cup almond flour
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and then drop onto a cookie sheet. Bake at 170 degrees C for 5-6 minutes or until slightly firm. Remove and let cool before serving.