Coco for Coconuts

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When I was young, my babysitter (a native from the island of St. Vincent) used to tell my brothers and I to drink as much coconut water as possible. It was, she stated, the “healthiest thing in the world”. Being so young, I thought it tasted disgusting and could hardly bear a sip. In those days, coconut water was known to be healthy, but it was hard to find and no where near as popular as it is today.

In recent years, the wonders of the coconut have become a phenomenon and people just won’t stop talking about them. Not only does this electrolyte-filled drink bring great memories of past holidays in the tropics, but it has been claimed to be the natural answer to great health.  I was aware that coconut water was extremely hydrating and healthy, but I was never really sure why, or to what extent. So, I did a little research on the acclaimed to fame seed and the water that it produces, and here are some fun facts that I found…

  1. Coconut water is 95% water, and also contains potassium, magnesium, sodium, iron, protein, and sugar. Basically, it’s all goodness!
  2. It suppresses the appetite, making you feel full due to its rich nature. This helps aid in weight-loss efforts.
  3. Topical application of coconut water has the ability to clear up, moisturize, and tone the skin, as well as helping eliminate oil.
  4. The ultimate hangover remedy. Enough said.
  5. The high concentration of fiber aids in prevention of indigestion, and reduces acid reflux.
  6. With such high levels of potassium, it is a much better replenisher than any energy drink.
  7. Due to its adequate supply of each electrolyte, it helps reduce blood pressure and can be used as a balancing mechanism.

Basically, coconut water is what it is made out to be— the healthiest thing, ever. One eight ounce serving contains 45-60 calories, so although it is more energy dense than water, its positive effects outweigh this completely. Just make sure when stocking up, you don’t go for the brands with tons of added sugar!

Xx,

Tash

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An Easy Acai Bowl Recipe

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  2014 brought us the new health obsession of the Acai blends and bowls, and one year later, they are still at the top of the health charts. This time last year I had no idea what an Acai berry was, and yet, overnight, they turned into a phenomenon- smoothie shops and cafes all over the US began to incorporate them into their recipes. What even is the acai berry? It is a reddish- purple fruit from the acai palm tree, which is native to Central and South America. And.. what is so good about it, you ask? Well, studies show that it is richer in antioxidants than other berries, protects our cells from blood clots, promotes healthy skin and weight loss, and boosts energy. One of the most popular forms of the acai berry is the famous acai bowls. These delicious (and colorful) smoothie bowls have become the next best health fix— whether you’re looking for an energy boosting snack or post workout fuel. Here is one simple and generic recipe that I have made before, and I find deliciously amazing. You can change up the remedy by adding things like chocolate, almond butter, or greens to your blend, and top it off with basically anything you want. Feel free to make it as unhealthy or healthy as you’d like! Ingredients Acai Puree: 1 pack of frozen unsweetened acai berry pulp (found in most grocery stores) 1/2 banana 1/2 cup strawberries 1/2 cup blueberries 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I prefer soy or almond) Toppings: 1/4 cup granola Coconut Shavings Cocoa nibs  1/2 small banana, sliced Drizzle of honey  Instructions

  1. Prepare acai puree by simply placing all the acai puree ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth
  2. Poor the smoothed puree into a bowl
  3. Add the toppings of yo
  4. ur choice (be sure to make it pretty!)
  5. Eat up!!!! Yum 😛

I encourage you to try this out— it’s only about 10 minutes of prep, it will fill you up, its delicious and healthy, and is filled with so many amazing nutrients to boost your day! Xx, Tash

Healthy Cookie Recipe

Yes, I admit, I am a huge health freak. But hey, that doesn’t mean I don’t have a huge sweet tooth as well! Luckily, I’ve managed to find a recipe that incorporates both into one delicious treat: the oat- banana- chocolate chip cookie. You’re probably thinking, ok ya I’ve heard about this recipe 100 times already on 100 other websites. But seriously, when I say it’s the best recipe ever, I’m not lying. Super easy, super healthy, and super sweet.

All you need is…

1 cup of oats

1 softened banana

1 handful of chocolate chips (to taste)

Mix all of these ingredients up in a mixing bowl, divide them into teaspoon size cookie balls, place them on a cookie sheet, and cook them in the oven for 10 minutes at 350℉. Voila! It’s so easy it almost doesn’t seem real.

What makes this recipe great is that there are so many ways to change it up according to what your taste buds are telling you at that very moment. If you want to spice it up a little, add some nuts or pieces of dried fruit. If they are too bland, incorporate coconut shavings or cinnamon for some extra taste. If the cookies just aren’t sweet enough for your liking, add a tablespoon of Agave or an alternative sweetener to the mix. Not healthy enough for you? Take out the chips, and there ya go, pure health!

Not to mention, these cookies keep so you can make a batch for the whole week, or save them for a delicious and homemade on- the- go snack!

Xx,
Tash