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15 Ways to Use the Coconut

Coconuts are grown in many parts of the world and the various elements of the coconut from its meat, to its water or milk, can be used in many different ways. Coconut meat has fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals. The meat contains high amounts of manganese which is an important nutrient for bone formation and the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Coconut water contains lots of important electrolytes like potassium, sodium, calcium, and magnesium. Potassium is important because it helps to transmit nerve impulses and helps maintain normal blood pressure.

On top of all these nutritious factors, coconut is delicious! Here are some of our favorite ways to use coconut.

1. Add coconut water to your favorite fruit smoothies!

2. Use coconut oil for low heat cooking and as a skin lotion or hair oil!

3. Use substitute coconut cream to make whipped cream toppings for dessert.

4. Make a coconut milk fish or clam chowder, the fresh flavor really adds to the taste of the soup!

5. Use coconut milk instead of heavy dairy cream in your favorite curry recipes.

6. Mix coconut water into your favorite rum drinks for a little taste of paradise!

7. Shredded coconut can make tasty macaroons, choose dried flakes or shredded coconut.

8. Roll chicken or shrimp in breading that has added coconut flakes for a sweet and savory taste.

9. Toast coconut flakes to sprinkle on your ice cream sundae!

10. Substitute coconut oil in place of hydrogenated vegetable oils for baking muffins and cookies.

11. Coconut oil makes a great greaser for your baking pans and sheets.

12. Treat your cast iron pan with coconut oil to keep it well oiled.

13. Peanut butter cookies are even better with some shredded coconut rolled into the mix.

14. Make popsicles out of coconut water when blended with fresh berries!

15. Use coconut butter in your coffee for some added flavor and satiety from the fats found in coconut.

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