The Whole30 has opened my eyes to the taste of REAL food. I whipped up so many new dishes but it was amazing how simple they were to prepare and how much fewer ingredients I needed. That is the beauty of cooking with whole foods! The dishes I made on the Whole30 let the true flavor of delicious vegetables and fruits stand out. I did not need to add a bunch of breading, condensed soup, or sugar and other CRAP. It was so wonderful to experiment with new foods, too. I can not even count how many new ingredients I discovered that are now staples in my kitchen.
Since the Whole30 incorporates a lot of HEALTHY fats, the aroma of coconut now pours from my kitchen! Coconut butter, coconut milk, coconut aminos, shredded coconut, and something that I use literally daily–coconut oil! I mean this stuff is GOOD! Here’s just a few ways I used it on a regular basis:
- Badass paleo coffee creamer— the coconut oil gives this Whole30 approved coffee creamer a silky texture
- Roasted veggies– sweet potatoes, butternut squash, acorn squash, and even carrots are now always roasted in my oven at 400 degrees for 20-40 minutes slathered in this stuff! It brings out the natural sweetness of those veggies and eliminates the need for a ton of other ingredients…which is great when I am in a rush!
- Balsamic- Glazed London broil— oh yeah, it is not just for veggies! The coconut oil brings nice balance to this otherwise tangy/spicy main dish seared on the stove-top. It also gives some moistness to a typically tough cut of meat.
- Sautéed fruit– When I am craving a sweet treat, now all I need to do is melt some coconut oil in a small frying pan over medium heat, add some sliced fruit (bananas, apples, mango, peaches, etc.), cook until soft, and sprinkle cinnamon and nutmeg over top! YUM!
- Stir fry— Heating oil in a screaming hot pan is the first step to any good stir fry. And coconut oil’s resistance to burning makes it a perfect choice. I love Asian stir-fry but since eliminating soy sauce from my diet, I’m happy to add some extra flavor from the coconut oil. It is perfect for cooking the veggies and the meat, too!
I purchased my first giant tub of coconut oil from a warehouse store, thinking that I would never use that much. To my surprise I used half of the tub in one month! Since starting the Whole30 I have discovered the convenience of online grocery shopping. Tropical Traditions is my new go-to site for coconut products. They even sent me a sample of their Gold Label Coconut Oil to try out! I am no coconut-oil expert, but I can tell you that this coconut oil was silkier, creamier, and tastier than the previous brand I have tried. I especially like how transparent the company is about where their products come from. I was a little confused as to whether extra virgin or virgin coconut oil was better, but actually they are the same thing! There is no distinction between the two like there is with olive oil. Whole30 requires approved oils to be unrefined and pressed (as opposed to chemically processed) and this coconut oil passes with flying colors! What I liked most about it was that it is extracted by simply using gravity–no chemicals, no antioxidant-destroying high heat.
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Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?
You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil:
Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.
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