Here at The Moment, we believe that beauty is a feeling that starts with nourishing our bodies from the inside out. And for that very reason, we are featuring one of our favorite superfoods – coconut. We love to butter ourselves from head to toe, inside and out, with just about anything coconut.
In sanskrit, the coconut tree is described as Kalpa Vriksha, which means every part of the tree supports human life. Coconuts are highly nutritious, rich in fiber, vitamin C, E and B, and minerals including iron, selenium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous.
Being as trendy as they are right now, Coconuts seem to be everywhere and in everything. But not all coconut ingredient based products are equal. Due to the high demand, coconuts need to appeal to the masses and what happens is that they become overly processed and refined with harsh chemical solvents, and often hydrolyzed, a process which takes a lot of the natural nutritional benefits away from the ingredient.
Fortunately, we are here to help you find coconut brands that retain all of the good stuff, like raw coconut oil and butter, fresh pressed coconut milk and unpasteurized coconut water. These products are mesmerizing in their diversity of uses and benefits for the body.
Here is a quick breakdown of why we are putting coconut on and in, just about everything:
Coconut water is rich in electrolytes which aid hydration and detoxification, as well as minerals like magnesium and calcium for muscle movement, relaxation, and brain health. The potassium content also helps lower blood pressure, so much so that coconut water is now being researched for its cardiovascular health benefits. Coconut water is a fantastic replacement for sugary drinks, as it contains only natural sugars and is lower in sugar content than many sports drinks.
The best form of coconut water is straight from a young, green coconut. Since most of us do not have our own coconut trees on hand, we did a lot of research to uncover which coconut water brands we can trust to be fresh and additive free. Harmless Harvest uses a non-heat, micro-filtration process to preserve the natural nutrients. This brand grows their own crop of Nam Hom coconuts in Thailand to ensure taste and quality as well as integrity through their entire supply chain.
The details: 46 calories per 8 oz, a bit of protein, fat-free, chock full of minerals and nutrients.
Harvested from mature coconuts by pressing the coconut meat, coconut oil is made of primarily medium-chain fatty acids that are easily digested and converted into energy. It can fuel the body for exercise and helps the body burn calories while suppressing appetite; a tablespoon or two a day is said to aid in weight loss. Fatty acids also help increase blood concentration of ketone bodies and improve blood cholesterol levels. Add to that its immunity boosting from anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial properties of its fatty acids, and you can start to see how coconut oil is making us sing.
Its high smoke point and long shelf life make coconut oil a nice option as a cooking oil or as a good vegan substitute for butter. Coconut oil and coconut butters are also amazing for beauty: protecting hair from damage, providing mega moisture for skin, and even deflecting some of the sun’s harmful UV rays. As with other coconut products, pure coconut oil contains the most benefits for the body.
The details: One tablespoon of coconut oil has 117 calories and 14 grams of fat.
Coconut milk is super delicious and lactose free, making it a suitable alternative to animal milk. It’s a flavorful addition for everything from curries to smoothies. To make coconut milk, the kernel (meat) is grated and then squeezed through cheesecloth. This squeezed coconut meat is then soaked in water and squeezed further to make a thinner version of coconut milk. Coconut milk is high in Lauric Acid (medium-chain fatty acids) that the body converts into monolaurin for protecting itself against viral and bacterial infections. These particular types of fatty acids are rapidly metabolized into energy in the liver, are used up more quickly by the body and less likely to be stored as fat.
The details: A half cup of coconut milk has on average 150 calories, 1.4 grams of protein and 11 grams of fat along with low amounts of calcium and iron.
Stay tuned for lots of coconut recipes coming your way this month! In the meantime, check out below for coconut brands we love.
Coconut brands we love and where to find them:
More ways to love coconuts:
Rebbl Maca Elixir, an adaptogen-packed super drink.
Coconut Elixir, the perfect building block for your own superfood elixir.
Coconut Cauliflower Rice, the best pairing for an Ayurvedic meal or chipotle and bean burrito.
Coconut Curry Soup, poured over our coconut rice, is the greatest beauty meal.
Beautifying Smoothie, full of healthy fats to keep your powered up throughout your day.
Coconut Pineapple Smoothie, super quick, and totally delish. Also packed with Vitamin C, healthy fats, and antioxidants.
Get Glossed, amazing product for healthy, happy hair.
Coconut Beauty, how to use our favorite coconut products finds + a DIY face mask.
Coconut Yoga, sharing our personal passion for our wellness journey.
Photo by Sally Griffiths