Now for the goods on Coconut Oil and it’s magnificent benefits. My mom clued me in on the stuff when she made what we called “Belly Buster Muffins”. They were these super awesome muffins that had less calories and it used coconut oil instead of vegetable oil to give them flavor and to keep them healthy. I realized how good they were when I brought them into work and more than just a couple people asked me for the recipe. Once I moved on from the muffins I found out more about this incredible oil that people were using not only in their foods, but as beauty and hair care treatments.
I’ve been using coconut oil as a moisturizer on my hands and feet for a while now. I would take a nice warm bath and exfoliate my feet then I would take a nice heaping spoonful and massage it into my feet and hands. Then I’d put some socks on (so I wasn’t performing the next Home’s Funniest Videos scene) and I went to bed. When I woke up my kicks were so stinkin’ smooth I couldn’t wait to show them off in my cutest sandals. After seeing the results with my hands and feet I couldn’t wait to try it out on my hair. As most of you know I don’t use a regular shampoo instead I use Wen which is a cleansing conditioner and I’m very particular what types of products I put in my hair. I ended up taking a couple spoonfuls of coconut oil and massaging it into my scalp and working it down to the ends of my hair. I rolled up my hair into a shower cap and slept on it. When I washed it out the next morning and blow dried and styled it my hair seemed to glisten. It wasn’t oily or weighed down it was just shiny and extremely soft. I loved what it did for my hair.
The more I read on coconut oil the more I realized that people should really be using this daily. It has been known to help people with cravings and weight loss, stress relief, infections, kidney problems, thyroid problems, migraines, etc. The list is about a mile long on the benefits of this product. You can Google it or you can check out this page to see how much an average person should use based on age and current weight.
One of my favorite snacking recipes is my air popped ranch popcorn. Yummy! Since I’m trying to watch my girlish figure I’ve learned that you can turn air popped popcorn into a dieters dream.
What you’ll need:
½ Cup white or yellow popcorn kernels
½ packet of powdered ranch dip
¼ tsp red pepper (optional)
½ tsp garlic salt
3 tbsp melted coconut oil
1 microwaveable glass bowl
1 plastic or paper plate that fits over the top of the glass bowl
Rub a little of the coconut oil around the sides of the bowl add the kernels to the bowl and put the plate over the top to keep the popped kernels from going all over the microwave. Put them in the microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes or so. Make sure to use pot holders to take the bowl out. Mix the coconut oil, red pepper, powdered ranch mix and garlic salt together and then pour it over your popcorn. Make sure to spread it all over the popcorn evenly. Then you can enjoy this low calorie snack knowing that you’re getting a great daily dose of your coconut oil. Let the energy begin and the food cravings be gone!
UPDATE: Here is a picture of my hair after I've used a tiny bit of coconut oil after styling it. My hair has never smelled so good and looked so shiny. I love this stuff!