Coconut Manna is coconut butter, its the whole fruit soft and spoonable. In cold weather it becomes hard, in normal room temperature it is soft and easy to spoon out of the jar. My favorite thing to do with Coconut Manna is plop a couple spoons fulls in a fruit smoothie, oh my gosh! It gives your smoothie texture and you bite into this really creamy and light lump that has just the mildest taste of coconut. It is so yummy, I used to think I hated coconut till I had this. Here is a picture of a popular coconut butter that I buy.
So after having my great experience with coconut my husband and I decided to look for some more great coconut products, we couldn't get over the taste and especially the health benefits! We found unsweetened finely shredded coconut. This stuff is my favorite to bake with! I love throwing this in cookie recipes, pancake batters, breads, and anything that I want to add some fiber too really. It has a very very fine texture so you hardly know it is there and unless you dump a TON in you can barely taste it. I also find this at Wholefoods and its about $3 a bag.
Here is another form of baking with coconut, coconut flour! This is amazing stuff if you need to cut carbs in a recipe, hardly any carbs and again TONS of fiber! This is a very dense flour so be careful what you are using it in. I like to mix it with some wheat flour to make it a little lighter, its great in cookies, scones, pancakes, and some breads. I recommend doing a coconut flour recipe google search and see what you can find. I love this stuff!
Even though there are soooo many more AMAZING coconut products I am going to share my last and most favorite one! Coconut oil, this is my favorite EVER! I cook with it, I use it in my products, I put this in my hair, I put it on my skin and lips, I bake with it, I smell it! This stuff is just way too good not to use. Right now Costco is selling huge containers of it for $20 and I am telling you, for the quality and the amount you will NEVER find it that cheap, for the same product elsewhere for the same amount it is about $50, so go to Costco! This oil is loaded with amazing fats great for your body. It is so good for your skin and hair. I will put about a quarter size in my palm and rub it all over my hands then after the shower I run it through the ends of my hair, it is a great leave-in conditioner and frizz control at the same time. AMAZING! I put this in my body butters in the shop, I love it a lot I am going to start using it in more products. I love cooking with it, put it on pancakes instead of butter you will be absolutely shocked how yummy it is! Go to Costco and buy about 5 of these! They last forever and do not need to be refrigerated! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Ok so now that i have told you a few of my favorite coconut products, here are the reasons why to get into coconut and why it is becoming so popular everywhere.
Benefits of Coconut:
-First of all lets banish the myth that Coconuts are high in cholesterol, they are not. The fat from coconut is considered saturated but it is actually called Lwhich is a type of fat which is easily absorbed by the human body and used instantly as energy.
-Coconut is a potent anti-bacterial and anti-fungal it is a great cleanser of our stomach and intestines and is something that can help heal the gut should problems occur. On top of this Coconut will help your body fight off infection so its a great thing to eat when you are unwell or feel something coming on, this is thanks to it being converted to Monolaurin by the body which fights off infections (viral or bacterial).
-Coconut oil itself is hands down the best cooking oil. It is stable at high heats retaining all of its benefits (unlike Olive oil) and it will leave the food with a delicious taste. It has a very long stable shelf life as well.
-The effect on your thyroid coconuts have are shocking, they can boost thyroid function by up to 20%. Having an efficient thyroid is essential for out bodies to carry out several functions including boosting our metabolism and energy production.
-It keeps getting better, coconut has been proven to have anti-cancer effects especially of the colon and breast. This is due to the oils protective nature and ability to safeguard the body from infection whilst cleansing your system.
-Coconut water is amazing, this stuff has an array of health benefits, it is low in carbs and sugars and one of the best hydrators, fluid replacers known to man.