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Why everyone is going COCO-NUTS this year

Coconuts are healthy, delicious, and are praised by the health food world. Not to mention they’re a superfood that helps keep our skin healthy and radiant!

Some people are lucky enough to have them growing in their backyard, others need to go pick them up at their local supermarket. We’re talking about coconuts, the exotic palm tree fruit that’s invading the cupboards of #fitfoodies. With over 4 million posts on Instagram coconuts have transformed into a trendy superfood. They’re full of health benefits and you can use the meat, water or milk in a variety of savory and sweet recipes.

The reason that people have grown to love coconuts so much

Coconuts’ popularity can be explained by a series of factors: they’re rich in vitamins, fiber, essential fatty acids and they’re even gluten-free! Coconut sugar is even being used in smoothies, pastries, sauces, and savory dishes, as an alternative to table sugar, due to its low glycemic index. People are falling in love with the exotic taste of coconut (it makes them feel like they’re on vacation!) and are buying coconut oil, butter, and coconut water.

The skin benefits of coconuts

So long as the coconuts (and coconut products) are organic, they provide us with tons of health and skin benefits. Coconut water, for example, is very hydrating, making it great for plumping up your skin. Coconuts are chock full of potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and zinc, as well as antioxidants which neutralize free radicals and prevent premature aging. They’re also known to help facilitate digestion, which enables our body to eliminate toxins, giving us a more radiant complexion. Keep scrolling to discover 3 of the #LIVEMORE team’s favorite coconut recipes – we recommend making them part of your weekly meal rotations!

Breakfast: Coconut and blueberry granola

This homemade granola is a crunchy delight in the morning that will keep you feeling full until lunchtime. It calls for coconut flakes, blueberries, chia seeds, honey, and nuts. Bonus: it only contains natural sugars!

Lunch: Sweet potato coconut curry

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This curry recipe is an explosion of flavors: sweet potato, coconut milk, and warming spices like ground coriander, ginger and turmeric. It a dish that the whole family will love!

Dinner: Coconut cream pineapple popsicles

Okay, so technically this coconut cream popsicle recipe isn’t for dinner per se, but for dessert. It’s composed of coconut cream, pineapple, a touch of rum and coconut flakes. It is very similar in taste to a famous cocktail: the piña colada! In just one bite you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to a tropical island.

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