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Wondering what coconut oil is good for? Well, this superfood benefits in many things like hair care, skin care, good digestion, weight loss and much more. Coconut oil is not only used in the countries where its plantation is abundant, i.e tropical countries (Sri Lanka, Polynesia), but is also used in countries like United States, Canada, Australia and Europe.
Coconut oil is often called “The Healthiest Oil On Earth” and is included in the list of “Power food”.
Studies have shown that people having a diet high in coconut oil are healthier as they have fewer heart diseases, cancer, and colon problems. Reason being, there is a presence of good cholesterol and good saturated fats in coconut oil.
What’s more, organic coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs) that can improve your health in many ways. You can easily digest MCFAs.
BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL
Coconut oil is rich in Lauric acid saturated fats which are proven to protect your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing just good cholesterol.
GOOD FOR THE SKIN
When applied externally coconut oil forms a protective layer which is an antibacterial layer to protect the infected part of the body. Also, it helps to speed the healing process by helping to repair damaged tissue.
IMMUNE SYSTEM SUPPORTER
As mentioned on the first point, coconut oil is good in Lauric acid. This nutrient supports the body’s immune system to boost.
HELPS IN BUILDING AND MAINTAINING MUSCLES
It’s great for muscle building! Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT), found in coconut oil are used in many muscle building products, However, many supplement companies use processed forms of MCTs in their products. The best way to get the natural and most effective form of MCTs is to get it from its very source, i.e. coconut oil.
Just add 3 spoons of coconut oil in your protein shake.
HELPS WITH WEIGHT LOSS
As discussed above, Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) found in coconut oil also helps you with your weight loss. A superfood that will supercharge your weight loss.
GIVES INSTANT ENERGY
This is for all exercise freaks, who don’t add any supplements into their diet. Organic coconut oil can help you feel less fatigued and require less sleep by stimulating your metabolism. It can also enhance athletic performance.
HELPS TO GET RID OF STRETCH MARKS
Stretch marks can be formed not just due to pregnancy but also due to excess weight gain or weight loss. In any situation, virgin coconut oil can help you get rid of stretch marks with regular massaging on that area.
Thyroid gland being one of the important glands of our body gets help in stimulating the activity and to ensure the proper functioning of it.
HELPS IN KEEPING YOUR SKIN YOUTHFUL, SMOOTH AND HEALTHY LOOKING
Using organic virgin coconut oil as a lotion will help improve your skin, hair, and nails, Due to its moisturizing and smoothing powers which also promotes elasticity.
HELPS IN DERMATITIS AND INFECTIONS
When applied on injuries, organic virgin coconut oil can help prevent the spread of staph infection and it also helps in the treatment of skin disorders.
These are some of the benefits of coconut oil among many of its benefits.
Let me now help you with the purchase of virgin coconut oil. There are many brands which offer you the coconut oil, but there is only one best and the best is Farmer Uncle.
Farmer Uncle offers you the best quality organic virgin coconut oil and other organic food products which can easily be bought online.
I have been ordering organic stuff from them and they have never failed to impress me with their services and quality.
This is it, for now, see you next time with another healthy post.
please tell me what is in this bento?
i would like to know each item?
aina tanaka (japanese model) bento!
thank you~ \(^-^*)
I took out my Mr. Bento, which I have not used in a couple of years, and I have discovered that it is missing pieces! Understandable, as I have moved a few times, but darn. Has anyone got a Mr. Bento around that they don't use, or pieces from old Mr. Bentos? I have written to the company, but I would be willing to buy some of the inner containers, the sporks, or outside bags from people.
Sorry for the horrid picture! My cell is usually better than this.
On the left (bottom tier): brown rice; lemon pepper chicken; baked zucchini fries; ranch
On the right (top tier): my best ever attempt at apple bunnies; ham, provolone, and spinach pinwheels; Babybel; a few candies; some cashews and almonds because I couldn't justify filling that whole space with candy xD
This, to me, screamed for some baby carrots where the candy and nuts are. Too bad we were out. :/
You wouldn't know it, but the box is actually a deep purple. It also came with another white piece that latches onto the other, so you could cover the larger part (where my rice is) and/or add something thin to your lunch while keeping it separate.The lid has latches on either side that clip onto the bottom tier to hold everything together. My other new box is the same style, but it's only one tier.
Both boxes came from My Bento Meal. They had a Groupon a short while ago where you could get two boxes for $18! Not an amazing deal, but still pretty good. They are larger than the children's ones I already had and seem to be durable and good quality so far, so I will consider it a good purchase.
This is the one that went to school with my daughter today. I looked at lots of pictures of Bento before going grocery shopping last night!
My parents went to Japan and brought this new box for my daughter and some accessories back for me as Christmas gifts. The box is actually large enough for me but my daughter seems to have a large appetite so I think it'll be okay. I was disappointed recently when I stopped into the store I'd found the box my daughter has been using that they only seem to have picnic sized ones now. ( More BentoCollapse )
New Year's Bento
In Japan, soba (buckwheat noodles) symbolize longevity and are traditionally eaten on New Year‘s eve. I’m nine days too late but I thought it was time again so I combined the soba with stir-fried gobō (burdock root.. I LOVE this vegetable!) and carrots in mirin and soy sauce and it turned out delicious.
Finally a bento again!!
This is custom made mini bento box :D Love it!
In the little container with the orange lid is Italiano dressing and the container next to it has some mixed salad and a orange bellpeper filled with herb cream cheese ( thanks bodacioussylph for the idea!)
Bottom box: Cucumber, tomato, hardboiled egg, Pasta farfalle, fried chickbreast.
Can someone explain why my post of my bento was under moderation? and I see someone else already posted her bento :( It's just bento nothing more!
These could be fit into a bento box but unfortunately we did not have any at the moment so we have to display this on two plates! Hope you guys still enjoy! :)
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This week they had a truncated schedule because of parent/teacher conferences. The Kindergartener's "lunch" period was at 10:30; the third-graders, at 10:50. Dismissal was 11:45. Therefore, this week's bentos are all teensy, and I didn't bother too much about making them super balanced, since they had allllll afternoon to fill in any nutritional gaps.
Monday: Mini penne with marinara. Meatball. Broccoli. Mini bell pepper.( Rest of the weekCollapse )
Tuesday: 3rd grader has rice ball with nori decoration, carrots, tomato, grapes, mini bell pepper, cucumber. Kinder has baguette with cheese, grapes, cucumber, mini bell pepper.( rest of weekCollapse )
Sorry for cell pic. I have no good excuse other than laziness and lack of time.
Bottom tier: brown rice; lemon pepper chicken sauteed in EVOO; sauteed yellow squash, zucchini, and white onion.
Top tier: a Babybel cheese; some blackberries; a Cutie orange; pomegranate arils.
This lunch was delicious, but I was shocked to discover that I was ravenous by the time I got home that evening! I should have taken a yogurt cup or something to have on one of my breaks.
So I made another lunch for work. Also, another cell phone pic (that's off center yay!) because I cannot find my camera for the life of me.
Rice ball (brown and white rice mixed) with veggie "shrimp" (yes that exists) in the middle, broccoli, tomato, veggie "chicken" tenders, Walnuts, pomegranate arils, more broccoli, and some steamed veggies with a little cheese.
I usually hang out in this comm for the inspiration, but here's a pic of what went to preschool with my DD this morning. :) She usually has school lunch, but we do get a couple bento days a month. I doubled the usual amount since she always comes home ravenous- I don't expect her to eat it all. LOL