The Amazing Health Benefits Of Coconut Milk
Coconut is a unique flavor and not everyone likes it, but it is becoming increasingly popular because of all of the great health benefits it has from the coconut itself, coconut milk, coconut water and coconut oil. Coconut milk is a very healthy alternative to other products and especially for those who are intolerant to traditional cow dairy. It is rich in healthy saturated fat and many other wonderful nutrients.
Coconut milk is rich in vitamins C, E, B1, B3, B5 and B6 as well as iron, selenium, calcium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. It’s a great option for those who are allergic to traditional cow’s milk or who don’t care for almond milk.It is also a rich source of phosphorus. It contains selenium, an antioxidant, which relieves arthritis and is a rich source of magnesium, which helps to calm the nerves and maintain normal blood pressure. It is a great source of fiber, which makes you feel fuller for a longer time and if taken in moderation, can help to control or contribute to weight loss.
Even though coconut milk contains saturated fat, it reduces cholesterol levels and contains lauric acid which boosts HDL, which is your good cholesterol.
Like coconut oil, coconut milk is great for your hair in many ways by nourishing your hair giving natural moisture from roots to ends. It boosts the hair follicles and stimulates hair growth, restoring dry, damaged, weakened and brittle hair as well as split ends, and as a bonus it works as a natural hair detangler.
I love to drink it but there are many other uses for it. Enjoy it in a protein smoothie, with cereal or for your hair!
What Exactly Is Quinoa?
Quinoa is increasingly becoming popular as a health staple in the place of rice and potatoes. The three common types are white, red and black. White is the most common. It has a very mild flavor that makes it easy to incorporate in lots of great recipes. Red is crunchier and has a stronger flavor and needs a longer cooking time. Black is the crunchiest and with that comes the strongest flavor. The quinoa glycemic index is relatively low compared to rice which is relatively high.
It has a unique texture and appearance once cooked.
What are some of the great things quinoa can do for you?
- Migraine Reliever
- Lowers Cholesterol
- Prevent Gallstones
- Bone Health
- Lose Weight
- Great For Diabetics
- Easily Prepared
- It Has Protein!
- It’s Low Calorie
- It’s Nutrient Rich
- Supports Cardiovascular Health
What are the great nutrients in quinoa?
Quinoa contains high amounts of riboflavin, magnesium, soluble and insoluble dietary fiber, protein, iron, B vitamins, potassium, zinc, amino acids and calcium. It is much safer for diabetics to consume because it is not likely to spike your blood sugar compared to most simple grains. It is alkaline so it can be eaten to balance out your diet and maintain an alkaline state in the body.
What’s really great is it is very easy to cook, just like rice without the insulin response. Brown some chopped onions, garlic and mushrooms in coconut oil then add the quinoa and lightly fry and season. It’s easy to add chopped cooked veggies to it as well, top it with parmesan, pine nuts, cut up avocado and tomatoes. Yum!!
It used to be that quinoa could only be found in specialty stores, but now you can find anywhere and it’s pre-rinsed and ready to cook. It can easily be cooked in just 15-20 minutes.
Quinoa is naturally low in calories and contains only around 220 calories per cup. It’s a great diet staple that is healthy, a great source of fiber and is very delicious and filling.
Give it a try! You will love it.