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Healthy Oil

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There is a lot of misinformation about oils – ‘Cholesterol-Free’ and ‘Heart Healthy’  are common terms shoppers encounter in the marketplace. However, to really get the healthiest oils you often have to spend more; but your money gets you not only truly healthier oil, but flavour too.

We highlight 2 oils that will transform your cooking and baking for the better:

Coconut Oil

Extra virgin coconut oil is perfect for everyday cooking and sautéing vegetables; it adds flavour and nutrition to the party.

Coconut oil is comprised of saturated fat, but science has recently shown that the type of saturated fat in coconuts is actually super healthy and delicious too. It also bakes well and is very economic (I usually use half the amount required in a recipe since coconut oil can be overpowering if not used with a deft hand).

As a side note, this oil is often used as a safe make-up remover. 🙂

Olive Oil

Olive oil is one of the healthiest ingredients in the Mediterranean diet. Premium high quality olive oil will give you flavour that you simply CANNOT get with other processed oils. My favorite brand by far is Oilivia, but I also buy other cheap extra virgin olive oils for other uses like coating bread before baking.

Olive oil is really great for searing meats, sautéing veggies, in salad dressing,  and   for baking cookies. It brings a lot of versatility to your kitchen.

Also, extra virgin olive oil is loaded with vitamin E making it great for the skin. You can add some into your bath for soft supple skin.

Chef Kahonge

5 Health Benefits of Coconut Water

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One of the best ways to replenish our bodies is by drinking coconut water fresh from the fruit. It is refreshing, delicious and very nutritious. The trick is to get them young and fresh for the sweetest and most nutritious water.

We know what you are thinking, ‘How do I get through the tough coconut shell without spilling all the water?’ The best method is by piercing the ‘eye’ on the bottom of the coconut. You can use a pestle and a screwdriver then drink it up with a straw. After that, use the blunt end of a large knife or anything strong enough to break the fruit to access the flesh.

Here are 5 reasons coconut water is great for you:

1. Boosts Energy

The electrolytes in fresh coconut water have been shown to help athletes recover energy, call it the perfect sports drink. The minerals and natural sugars in this nature’s health drink help with energy boosting so it is a great thing especially to recover energy after a work-out.

2. Assists in weight loss

The nutrients in coconut water will help you feel full for longer periods of time, meaning you will probably eat less of the ‘bad stuff’ and control your calorie intake.This amazing health drink has also been shown to boost your metabolism, meaning you will burn fat faster.

3. Lowers blood pressure

A study published in the West Indian Medical Journal proved that patients who had coconut water everyday showed significant reduction in blood pressure, which unfortunately is a common problem here in Kenya. Coconut water is not a cure in itself, but it does help people suffering from hypertension.

4. Improves skin health

Coconut water gives you vital nutrients and helps in detoxification, building great skin from the inside. Most skin ailments and conditions are caused by toxins and/or drinking too little water. Pimples and acne can also be controlled by washing your face with coconut water.

5. Strengthens teeth & bones

Coconut water contains a good amount of calcium which helps to build and maintain strong bones and teeth.

 

Mboga Masters,

We care what you eat!