David Wolfe's Superfoods book (2009) is like my own personal bible when looking for power foods to incorporate into my highly green diet. Though it doesn't take a superfood-bible to convince me to eat lots of coconuts it's exactly where I look to when I want to see what I'm doing for my body.
Coconuts are so incredible and they are mostly accessible anywhere you are in the United States (especially if you're near a Whole Foods). I usually pair them with fruit in smoothies, puddings, or desserts (hello banana cream pie and coconut cream dream ...)
We live in Miami and it is almost cruel how hot and humid it gets here. It does funky things to my skin, like increasing oil production and dehydrating the bejeezies out of it. I'm special, I think. So I suck down coconuts during the rainy seasons to combat this weird effect and also use it in Ayurveda to cool down my Pitta.
Here are some noticeable benefits of coconuts:
- improves digestion and absorption of fat-soluble vitamins and amino acids
- boosts the immune system with healthy antiviral, antifungal, and antimicrobial fatty acids (this makes it a great natural deodorant)
- lessens the symptoms of hypoglycemia as it stabilizes blood sugar levels
- helps with absorption of calcium and magnesium
- serious amounts of lauric acid (a beauty food for skin and immunity)
- helps regulate and support hormone production
- they increase metabolism and are a nutritional precursor to anti-aging hormone compound known as pregnenolone
It is also like nature's Gatorade, which is so much better than neon blue sugar water. It is also an incredible beauty product on the outside. I use it daily as a skin moisturizer and for my hair (and it's also usable as an erotic oil).
Let's get to the recipes (Wolfe, 2009):
1/4 cup curry powder
2 T raw honey
1 t sea salt
1/3-1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3-4 coconuts, meat only
Mix everything (save the coconut meat) in a bowl. Add the coconut meat and toss to coat. Let it marinate for at least 2 hours, overnight is best, in the fridge.
Lay the pieces out on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate until it is the desired texture.
Goji Coconut Balls
1 cup shreeded coconut
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 1/2 cup raw cashews
1 1/4 cup hempseeds
1/2 cup goji berry powder extract
1 1/2 cup goji berries
1 cup tocotrienols
2 T raw honey
a pinch of sea salt
Grind nuts and seeds and then place in a blender. Blend with remaining ingredients and then scoop out in bite sized balls. Refrigerate until firm.