Hey everyone! Thank you for sharing all of your cell phone stories with me yesterday ! I’m glad I am not the only one to lose and break phones! Let’s brighten things up today with a giveaway!
For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been using coconut oil for just about anything and everything! It has so many health benefits and can be used not just for food, but for your skin and hair too! I was very excited when Tropical Traditions offered to send me their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil to try out.
Here is a video made by Tropical Traditions entitled, “How We Discovered Virgin Coconut Oil – An Interview with Brian Shilhavy, CEO Tropical Traditions”
This Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is a truly unrefined coconut oil.This coconut oil is made on Mt. Banahaw and surrounding areas from organic coconuts. Coconuts are used fresh (within 24-48 hours of harvest) from small family farms on Mt. Banahaw and other rural places in Quezon Province, the coconut capital of the Philippines. Only the highest quality coconutsare hand-picked from each harvest. The volcanic soil of Mt. Banahaw makes these organic coconuts some of the most nutritionally rich coconuts in the world!
Testing done in independent laboratories reveals higher levels of phenolic antioxidants than other coconut oils. The fresh coconut meat is shredded (wet milled), and then cold-pressed using the water from inside the coconuts to make coconut milk. The milk is then allowed to sit for about half a day, while the oil naturally separates from the heavier water. The oil is then filtered from the curds (coconut solids). No chemical or high-heat treatment is used, and this oil contains no trans fatty acids. We do NOT mass produce this oil. It is made by families who are coconut farmers using old-fashioned traditional methods that have been used in the Philippines for hundreds of years. Our coconut trees and family producers are certified organic according to strict USDA standards. The families who produce the oil are also trained according to GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) standards and re-certified each year. This high-grade Virgin Coconut Oil has a long shelf life due to the high antioxidant properties. The Gold Label standard is our highest standard for Virgin Coconut Oil.
I personally like using coconut oil to cook with because it can be heated at high temperatures unlike extra virgin olive oil. According to the Tropical Traditions website :
As a cooking oil, its chemical structure is kept in tact and therefore is resistant to mutations of fatty acid chains even when used in higher cooking temperatures, unlike most vegetable oils. Research shows that the medium chain fatty acids found in coconut oil boosts the body’s metabolism, raises body temperatures, and helps provide greater energy which can lead to weight loss.
Last night I used it to cook my broccoli and mushrooms.
I added some cumin and pepper for a little extra spice. The vegetables had a wonderful flavor with lots of added health benefits!
They made the perfect side dish for my Amy’s Burrito! Great dinner!
I also enjoyed using the coconut oil in smoothies!
This one contained coconut oil, almond milk, frozen berries, maca powder, spirulina, and goji berries. Talk about a morning energy boost! Here are some other Coconut Oil Recipes from their website.
I will choose a winner this Friday, July 30th at 9:00 am. Good Luck!
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.