Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Coconut oil & alternatives to butter (for cooking)

Coconut oil has many uses that are beneficial to your health.
  1. Eating a teaspoon before you eat breakfast boosts your metabolism and supports healthy thyroid function  (click here for more uses)
  2. It can also be used on girls with extremely dry hair as a conditioning treatment overnight.  I actually just did this last night on the ends of my hair
  3. Can be used as a chap stick, lotion, facial cleanser, eye make-up remover, soap bar, etc
  4. Can be used to cook and bake with (replacing butter)
*Coconut oil does not store as fat, but gives you a healthy boost of energy to start off your day!

Butter is fine is smaller amounts, but when cooking or baking, there are other healthier alternatives to butter.
  • Canola Oil or Vegetable Oil for cooking and baking
  • Olive oil for pastas, breads, etc.
  • Mashed avocado (for cookies)
Agave nectar can be used as a natural sweetener or syrup and actually tastes delicious!
-The cooks at Rancho La Puerta don't use any sugar in their meals, just agave! You can taste the difference, but once you get used to it, you won't want to go back to sugar.

Questions, comments, feel free to ask them by posting below!


  1. I had no idea coconut oil had so many uses!

  2. I'm lactosintolerent, how can i still get a good source of dairy in a healthy way?

    1. I was actually lactose intolerant for 3 years and still can't eat certain things in the dairy category. I will make a post this week about healthy alternatives for ya! Eating a lot dairy is actually not so good for you, but there are ways to substitute. Also, have you heard of Lactaid? They are pills you can take before consuming something that has dairy.


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