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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Coconut: The snack of Summer 2014

Hollywood nutritionists are boasting about coconuts and here’s how you can get your fix of this year’s most trendy healthy snack.

Patricia Murphy

Published 01/07/2014 | 15:08

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Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is a great substitute to incorporate into your cooking.
Coconuts with milk splash
Flakes of rich coconut skin are a perfect alternative to sugary chocolate chips when it comes to baking.
Dried coconut in a pink bowl
Coconut is a tasty and delicious ingredient to expand any baking repertoire.

Those in search of a healthy new vice need look no further than the coconut which is Hollywood’s latest snack fad.

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The coconut is most definitely the fruit of the moment and its insides can be put into action in a number of ways to benefit your health.

The exotic fruit contains components that boost energy levels, making it the perfect snack to help you through the midday office slump not to mention contribute to healthy skin and hair. There are so many ways to incorporate the nourishing fruit into your life and although looking like an A-lister might not be an achievable goal, at least you can snack like one.

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Swap oil for coconut oil

Solid at room temperature, coconut oil is a great substitute to incorporate into your cooking. Containing less saturated fat than other oils such as olive and rape, coconut oil is a great kitchen staple for those looking to lose weight and lower their blood pressure. Coconut oil is also a great moisturiser and provides relief after sunburn.

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Swap flour for coconut flour

Coconut is a tasty and delicious ingredient to expand any baking repertoire. It has a low GI and more suitable for diabetics than wheat flours. The flour can also be used as a means to thicken sauces and is full of fibre to help keep your bowels functioning.

Swap chocolate chips for coconut flakes

Flakes of rich coconut skin are a perfect alternative to sugary chocolate chips when it comes to baking. They are proven to boost your metabolism and help with weight loss. Include them when making muesli or within your homemade cookies to make them just that little bit more healthy.

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Swap dairy for coconut

Although not so readily available, coconut yoghurt is completely dairy free and is a great alternative to the many sugary yoghurts that line the shelves of the local supermarket. Incorporate it into your morning cereal or mix it with a bowl of fresh fruit for a Hollywood worthy snack.

Swap cream for coconut milk

Whispers from across the water have revealed that coconut milk is now being used as an alternative to milk in the morning coffee of many faddy Americans. Coconut milk might not be so good when it comes to calories, but it is believed to boost your immune system which might the whole thing worth it.

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Swap juice for coconut water

Coconut water has been regularly pictured in the hands of celebs for years now but the bevvie is jammed with potassium and other electrolytes which makes it a great post work out drink. It helps the body rehydrate after bouts of particular intensity but beware. 400mls contains 80 calories and sugar content is high so indulge in moderation.

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