8 Tips to Help Kids Eat Fruits & Veggies! Featuring: Vegan Spinach Lasagna.

Dragon Fruit Bowl

Dragon Fruit Bowl

Many mommies & daddies ask me how we get our Toddler to eat Fruits & Veggies!

Well let me tell ya… our lil toddler is the pickiest eater I have ever met! If we can get our lil munchkin to eat his fruits and veggies… So can you!

8 Tips to Help Kids Eat Fruits & Veggies! 

1) Involve Kids in Growing & Preparing Food:

  • Involve your child in Gardening Fruits & Veggies.
  • If possible, teach kids to cut and/or peel food.
  • Let kids pour the water & measure liquids, etc…
  • Be creative and find various ways kids can be physically involved in food prep.

2)  Go Grocery Shopping with Your Kids!

  • Allow your kids to pick which fruits & veggies they would like to eat and/or try.
  • Choices are empowering!
  • Choices minimize power struggles.
  • Kids love making their own food decisions.

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3) Use Colors, Shapes, Sizes & Fun Names!

  • Kids love fun & vibrant colors!
  • Cut in bite sized pieces that are fun to eat & dip.
  • Name the dish fun names like Princess Aurora Peaches/Super Man Power Food!

bodhi eating carrot platter4)  Create Fun & Tasty Dips!

  • Kids love dipping their fruits & veggies!
  • Vegan Ranch, Almond Butter, Peanut Butter.
  • Vegan Cheese Dip (Cashew Cheese).
  • Hummus, Tahini, Bean Dip.
  • Use any sauce you know they love.
  • Above pic is Blended veggies & cashew cheese.
Rambutan Man

Rambutan Man

Dragon Fruit Lady

Dragon Fruit Lady

5) Play with Your Food!

  • Create Fun Shapes & Silly Faces.
  • Allow kids to pick recipes from a book/online.
  • Buy them a Children’s Recipe Book.
  • Find an online Cooking App that is fun for kids.

6) Find Books that Relate to Picky Eaters!

  • Green Eggs & Ham!
  • Just Two More Bites!
  • D.W. The Picky Eater!
Veggies, Fruit & Raspberry Vinaigrette

Veggies, Fruit & Raspberry Vinaigrette

7) Get Creative with Food Textures!

  • Shakes: Add fruits & veggies to coconut, almond, hazelnut milk.
  • Salad: Zucchini Zoodle Salad, chopped salads.
  • Vegetable Pancakes: Mix veggies in pancakes.
  • Muffins: Zucchini, Banana, Carrot, Vegetables.
  • Juice Blends: Mixed Greens, Apples, Berries, OJ.
  • Mix Veggies into Pasta dishes or Raw Dishes.

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8) Be a Great Role model!

  • Have healthy choices in your fridge.
  • Are you eating junk food then telling your kids to eat healthy food?
  • Have every choice in your refrigerator and pantry be a healthy choice!
Loves Fruits & Veggies

Loves Fruits & Veggies

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Here is a Recipe for Spinach Lasagna!

Ingredients:
Gluten Free (Oven Ready) Lasagna Noodles
25 oz. Vegan Vanilla Yogurt (I use coconut yogurt)
16 oz. Black or Pinto Beans (cooked)
3 Cups of Fresh Spinach
2 – 3 Cups of Daiya Cheese (minimum)
1 tsp. Ground Cumin
30 oz. Tomato Sauce
Vegan Parmesan Cheese

Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Instructions for Spinach Lasagna!

  1. Mash beans open in bottom of 9 X 13 Dish.
  2. Sprinkle Ground Cumin over the Beans.
  3. Pour some Tomato Sauce over the Beans.
  4. Place Lasagna Noodles on top of the Sauce.
  5. Smear Vanilla Yogurt over the Noodles.
  6. Create a layer of Spinach on top of the Yogurt.
  7. Layer the Vegan Cheese over the Spinach.
  8. Keep recreating layers until you reach the top.
  9. *Each noodle needs sauce to cook properly!
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.

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ADDITIONAL TIPS:

  • First get your kids to eat the lasagna with spinach & mixed greens.
  • Next time you make lasagna, add mushrooms, black olives, red veggies.
  • Use a lot of cheese, make it nice & gooey!
  • Our toddler has been eating this lasagna since he was 1 yr old, its Yummy Yummy Baby!
  • Have Fun with food & your kids will have fun eating it!  🙂

Stay tuned for fun juice & shake recipes that are totally kid friendly!

Stay Healthy & Happy ~ Dr. Dee


Vegan Coconut Yogurt Recipe: Probiotics Benefits You & Baby!

yogurt bianco e fragolaWhat Are Vegan Probiotics?

Probiotics are living microorganisms, that scientific research has shown to benefit our health. Most often they are good bacteria, but they may also be other organisms such as yeasts.

Vegan Probiotics are similar, or the same, as the “good” bacteria already in your body, especially those in our tummy, but without allergens such as dairy products. These good bacteria are part of the trillions of microorganisms that already inhabit our bodies.

This community of microorganisms is called the microbiota. Some microbiota organisms are known to cause disease and others are known to aide in digestion and good health.

Some Foods with Natural & Dairy-Free Probiotics:

Homemade Coconut Yogurt, Miso Soup, Kambucha, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Tempeh, Kimchi & other fermented food. 豚キムチ As you can see in the list and the photos, foods that have natural probiotics are not foods babies or children can or would like to eat… This is why is important to learn about Probiotic supplementation for infants & kids.

The two kinds of Bacteria used most often in Probiotics are Lactobacillus and Bifidobacterium. These GOOD BACTERIA are also far more abundant in infant poop then in adult excrement.

Each group of bacteria has different species and each species has different strains. Different strains have different benefits for different parts of your body. Most importantly, in order for Probiotic Bacteria to work, they must survive the acids in the Digestive Tract.

It is important to buy good quality REFRIGERATED probiotics, which can not be found at regular grocery stores!

Why Babies feel better with Vegan Probiotics!

  • They Boost immune system by enhancing antibodies to vaccines.
  • Prevent harmful bacteria from attaching to gut lining & growing there.
  • Send signals to cells to strengthen mucus in intestines
  • Helps mucous act as a barrier against infection.
  • Inhibit/Destroy toxins released by “bad” bacteria.
  • Produce B vitamins necessary for metabolizing food
  • Reduces anemia caused by deficiencies in B6/B12.
  • Maintains healthy skin and a healthy nervous system.

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Other Possible Benefits of Vegan Probiotics for Babies:

  • Prevention of necrotising enterocolitis (death of intestinal tissue).
  • Prevention of fevers & diarrhea.
  • Increased immunity in infants infected with Rotavirus & Diarrhea.
  • Reduces chances baby will develop atopic Eczema & Asthma.

Signs your Baby/Child may need Vegan Probiotics!  

  • Colic
  • Eczema
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Bloody stools
  • Mucous in stools
  • H-pylori in the family
  • Repeated respiratory infections

Other Important Questions!

  • Was baby born premature? Was baby given antibiotics?
  • Was mom given antibiotics during pregnancy/delivery/breast feeding?
  • Was baby born through C-Section? Did mom drink dairy while pregnant?
  • Did mom lack fresh fruits and vegetables during pregnancy?
  • Did your baby get sick after he/she was vaccinated?
  • Did biological mother have a vaginal infection during birth?

If your baby/child has any of these symptoms, it is critical to consult with someone who can do an assessment and who is truly aware of Probiotic benefits. (Functional Med Dr/Homeopath/Naturopath/Nutritionist). IMG_20141123_092914

Possible Consequences of a Damaged Digestive Tract:

If the mother had an undiagnosed vaginal infection during a vaginal birth, it is possible the baby’s gut could have been damaged by this infection.

If your baby was adopted or was not breast-fed then your baby did not receive all of the natural and healing properties that are in breastmilk. According to Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, Neurologist & Neurosurgeon, if your baby has a damaged digestive tract, it will further damage the integrity of his or her gut wall. This damage allows Pathogenic microbes and all sorts of toxins and microbes to flood your child’s bloodstream, and then enter the brain and disrupt development. This can result in ADHD, GAPS, Schizophrenia, Autism and Mood Disorders.

Which Probiotics are best for Baby?

Vegan Lactobacillus Species

  1. Lactobacillus casei Shirota: Supports the immune system & move food.
  2. Lactobacillus bulgaricus: Relieve symptoms of lactose intolerance.
  3. L. rhamnosus increases colonic B. breve & matures immune system.
  4. L. paracasei produces L(+)-lactic acid & antagonizes Rotavirus, Staphylococcus Aureus.
  5. L. gasseri is native to the human gut & is in breast milk.
  6. L. salivarius in intestinal tract, helps calcium absorption & helps intestinal barrier.

Vegan Bifidobacterium Species:

  1. B. breve promotes growth of B cells in Peyer’s patches in the ileum
  2. Antagonizes rotavirus & reduces intestinal anaerobic Bacteroides & Clostridium.
  3. B. infantis reduces the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis in babies.
  4. B. lactis enhances normal immune function
  5. Modifies gut microflora against allergic inflammation.
  6. B. bifidum suppresses total & allergen-specific IgE secretion.
  7. B. longum regulates immunity to respiratory antigens & inhibits neutrophil elastase.

Vegan Lactobacillus and Vegan Bifidobacterium are the two species designed to safely meet the metabolic and intestinal support needs of infants up to the age of 2 years. It is important that Infant Probiotic Formulas produce predominantly L(+)-lactic acid that can be safely metabolized by infants. An infant’s gastrointestinal tract is not fully mature at birth and cannot metabolize the D(-) isomer of lactic acid produced by many lactobacilli.

Secondly, studies show that using a multi-strain, allergen free Probiotic that has some or all of the strains listed above, work best to bring healing and digestive support. IMG_20141118_081653

Dairy-Free (Vegan) & Gluten Free Probiotics are Best!

Many babies are allergic to dairy and gluten so it is best to use a probiotic that is cultured on a Vegan growth media that is free of common allergens, including dairy, wheat, gluten, egg and soy. It is also important to make sure that the label states:

  • No Dairy
  • No Egg
  • No Sugar
  • No Artificial Sweeteners
  • No Coloring
  • No Flavors
  • No Preservatives.

Where To Buy Good Vegan Probiotics! Klaire Labs, Prothera, Designs for Health are some of the good ones!  Consult a Natural Care Provider. It is important to buy Probiotics that are ALIVE & KEPT REFRIGERATED and not dead and can sit on a shelf.

Many tests have been conducted and the refrigerated kind are a lot more active, powerful and effective! Dosage of Probiotics: It is critical that you follow the instructions that are on the bottle of the Probiotics, however, it is also important that if your baby is having serious gut issues, you should be working with a person who is very aware of how to use dairy-free probiotics.

According to an Australian study published in BMC Medicine on August 2, 2011 by the Department of Neonatal Pediatrics in Nepean Hospital along with several other Australian hospitals, the following guidelines are best for premature babies: The probiotic should be diluted with breast milk or water, to about 1.0 to 1.5ml per dose. • Neonates less than 32 weeks gestation: 3 x 109 cfu/day (“cfu” stands for colony forming units) • Extremely low birth weight neonates (ELBW): 1.5 x 109 cfu/day until they reach enteral feeds of 50-60 ml/kg/day.

When to Start and Stop Your Baby on Vegan Probiotics!  

According to Dr. Mercola, Probiotics should be started as early as possible, before pathogens can colonize your baby’s intestinal tract and before antibiotics destroy his natural flora. Dr. Mercola reported that in most scientific trials, probiotics are typically started with the start of enteral feedings, but they have been started as early as in the first four hours of life. In addition, many mothers start probiotics during pregnancy if they themselves have stomach problems, allergies, reflux or other intestinal dysbiosis. fruit cup

Recipe for a Vegan Probiotic filled Yummy Yummy Coconut Yogurt!

Prep time: 5 mins Cook time:  24 hours Makes: 1 quart Ingredients:

11 ounces of Homemade Coconut Milk or 2 cans full-fat Organic Coconut Milk 2 Probiotic Capsules Instructions:  Blend coconut milk with contents of probiotic capsules. Transfer to a 1 quart glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store somewhere warm, like an oven or a window sill. After 24-48 hours, it should smell like yogurt. It may be runny, more like kefir than yogurt. If you prefer, leave it out longer. After 48-72 hours, it should be thick and have a more tangy flavor. Store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

*** Side notes:

  1. Use an oven light to help create more warmth.
  2. If you want a sweeter yogurt, mix in Coconut Nectar or Fruit.
  3. Some Probiotics work better than others. please experiment.
  4. The homemade coconut milk doesn’t work as well, but BPA free.
  5. If you are ok with BPA, canned milk works really well & is thicker.

Stay Healthy & Happy! ~ Dr. Dee


Vegan Coconut Milk Recipe! Yummy!

Coconut Milk:

Aloha… For over 2 years my husband and I have been making this Coconut Milk to supplement my breastmilk.

We started giving him the Coconut Milk originally out of desperation, then continued to give it to him for stomach health, brain health and overall good body fat.

Coconut milk has become a staple in our refrigerator and a delicacy for us. I am finally able to truly enjoy milk again, the great thing is… I am enjoying milk that truly is good for me, not because the FDA said so, but because my body continually tells me so…

I hope that this piece inspires you to give it a chance, especially if you have dairy intolerance and sensitivities.

I know you truly are going to find that Coconut Milk is so Yummy Yummy Baby!

Instructions for Silky & Yummy Coconut Milk from Scratch:

First pick out a minimum of 2 Young Thai Coconuts that do not have pink on the bottom.  A tiny tiny amount of light pink should be ok, but the more pink, the greater the likelihood of it being rotten or compromised.

The amount of Coconuts will vary because each Coconut is unique, some have a lot of meat and others have a lot of water.

Young Thai Coconuts

Young Thai Coconuts

Use a the bottom edge of a Meat Cleaver to strike the Coconut.  There is a sweet spot that is in the outer-center perimeter of the Coconut- with practice you will find it every time!  Follow the perimeter in a Circular Pattern until the circle is completely open.  Gently remove the top of the Coconut.  Please mind your fingers when striking the Coconut.

STEP 1

STEP 1

Next use a large bowl to pour the Coconut Water into… then transfer it to a glass or cup and save it.

Use the front or the back of a spoon to gently but firmly extract the meat from the inside wall of the Coconut.  If you press too hard you will scrape off too much of the inner wall and make more work for yourself…

STEP 2

STEP 2

This is what the Extracted Coconut Meat will look like. Do not worry if some of the shell is left on the meat, use your fingers to gently rub/pick it off.  You can also use the Coconut Water to bathe the Coconut Meat.

STEP 3

STEP 3

You will also gently remove the Coconut Meat from the top of the Coconut…  Depending on how much water the Coconut yielded and depending on how thick or thin you want your milk, you may need to use additional store bought Coconut water.

STEP FOUR

STEP FOUR

Next you will combine the Coconut Water and Meat.  Use a strainer to make sure that you remove any particles from the Coconut Water, especially if you used it to bathe the Coconut meat.  Repeat for the second Coconut.  (Generally you want enough Coconut Water to fill to the Max line of the Nutribullet or a minimum of 1 1/2 to 2 cups of Coconut Water.

STEP 5

STEP 5

After using the Nutribullet, Vitamix and Ninja, we found the Nutribullet to make the silkiest & smoothest milk. If you are making it for an adult it probably doesn’t matter, but if you are using it for baby formula, I would strongly suggest a Nutribullet. *I have no affiliation with Nutribullet.

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STEP 6

Blend it for about 45 seconds. By using soft Young Thai Coconut meat (instead of hard/mature meat) and by using the Nutribullet, there isn’t a need to strain the milk through a cheese cloth… It is instantly silky & creamy.  You are ready to add anything you like to it or drink it fresh! Mmmm!

Silky Smooth Coconut Milk

Silky Smooth Coconut Milk

Every other night for 2 1/2 years we made this Coconut Milk for our baby’s Coconut Milk Formula. We also drink it ourselves using various recipes.

Here are a couple of things you can add to the milk before you blend it and make it even more Yummy Yummy Baby:

  • Organic Vanilla Extract (1-2 drops)
  • Organic Almond Extract (1-2 drops)
  • Organic Toffee Extract (1-2 drops)
  • Organic Banana, Strawberries, Mango… really the list goes on and on!

Add anything that you would normally add to a smoothie, including ice and frozen produce!

Yummy Coconut Milk!

Yummy Coconut Milk!

Mmmmm Enjoy… you are going to have a new obsession!

It is so Yummy Yummy Baby!

See you soon! Dr. Dee  🙂


Coconut Milk Vegan Baby Formula…

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I love Coconut Milk, Coconut Water, Coconut Meat, Coconut Oil, Coconut Candy, Coconut Cookies, Coconut Cake, Coconut everything! I am definitely cuckoo for Coconuts!

As a child, my mother would repeatedly tell me how great Coconut is for my stomach and my skin.  I always heeded her advice about the topical uses, especially for wrinkles and stretch mark prevention, but I never really ate Coconut for medicinal reasons unless she gave it to me.  Coming from a Native American mom who would use food, plants and herbs as healing remedies, I came to learn that many of the remedies are now backed by Science.

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Upon the birth of my second son, I mysteriously developed a severe stomach bacteria.  I was advised to temporarily stop breast feeding if I didn’t want to pass the bacteria back and forth. What was I going to do? I didn’t have a plan B for Breast Milk.

I vigorously started studying every formula out in the market. I couldn’t believe what I found… I consistently found toxic ingredients that are known carcinogens in the majority of the world except the U.S. The majority of countries have banned the use of these ingredients, but we are giving it to our newborns and babies in our hospitals and homes?!?

I felt as if I was in the twilight zone! This isn’t happening… this isn’t happening! After studying further, I learned that there are many alternative home made milks that we can make for our babies who have allergies, bacterial infections, intolerances and sensitivities.  Coconut Milk and Hemp Milk are similar to Mother’s Milk, they take some work to make, it requires adding various ingredients, but it is Healthy, Healing, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Soy Free and Low on the allergy index.

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Please understand that I am not saying that Coconut Milk or other milk alternatives replace a Mother’s milk, I am saying you can create a safe alternative if Mother’s Milk is not a viable choice. Most of all, I am saying that Mother’s milk is a life force that can not be replicated by cows, goats or factories.  Breast Milk is the sweetest milk I have ever tasted, yes… I tasted it, 🙂 and it is so understandable why babies prefer it, thrive the best on it and receive so many healing properties.

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Coconut milk has been found to treat and relieve sore throats and even stomach ulcers, and like Breast Milk, it is very calming to the body and digestive system. The nutrients in Coconut also aid the body in over all immune system health. It’s B vitamins also aid in many immune and nervous system functions.

Unlike other unhealthy fats, the unique properties of Coconut also contain a large amount of MCTs and Lauric Acid, which is the primary fatty acid found in Mother’s Milk. Lauric acid is what makes breast milk so digestible and is believed to protect the body from infection and boost the immune system.

The great thing is that Coconut Milk is great for all of us, regardless of our age!

Home-made Coconut Milk is also a safe alternative for Diabetics who are concerned with the properties in Dairy Milk. Coconut Milk has a Low Glycemic Index and High Dietary Fiber. The human body cannot digest the dietary fiber in coconut, therefore it has no hazardous effects on Blood Sugar. Best of all, Coconut Milk is lower in sugar than Dairy Milk.

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It turned out my baby did get the stomach bacteria and became very very ill and lost a severe amount of weight in less than a week. It was a very rough and scary time for us. After endless hours and days of research and consulting with various Naturopathic and Functional Medicine Doctors, we implemented the undeniable research on Coconut Milk, Oil and meat and it worked… It truly worked!

Our baby started to gain healthy weight, improve the quality of his poop and best of all… he began to thrive and heal!  I was able to continue breast feeding and we couldn’t be happier! This was done in conjunction with other nutritional support, like probiotics and digestive enzymes, but that is another blog. 🙂

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Here is a Yummy Yummy Baby recipe for Vegan Coconut Milk Baby Formula:

3 Cups of home-made Coconut Milk (Its easy after you do it once)
1 Tbsp Unsweetened, Rice protein or Pea protein (we prefer Rice protein)
1 1/2 Tbsp of Grade B Maple Syrup
1 tsp Calcium Lactate Powder
2 tsp of Infant Probiotic powder (we use Klaire Infant Probiotics)
2 tsp Vegan Omega 3 DHA
2 tsp of Extra Virgin, Unrefined, Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
4 Cups of very good quality water

*Optional 1/4 Ripe banana

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Combine all of the ingredients in a Large Cup Nutribullet and blend (you may have to split it in two depending on the size of your Nutribullet, Vitamix, Ninja, etc…  Refrigerate immediately and use within 48 hours.
The formula will separate from the oils, so please shake before pouring into a bottle or cup and gently warm for baby.

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***We later discovered a formula we felt was not perfect, but pretty wonderful. It is a great supplement once your baby is a Toddler.  The Name is Toddler Supreme by Peaceful Planet.

***Important Legal Disclaimer:  This recipe is intended to be a supplement for a nursing or formula-fed child’s diet. It is not intended to be a complete replacement, and should only be used when the Mother’s Milk is not available, Allergies to Store Formulas, Sensitivities/Intolerances to other formulas or because you don’t want to give your baby the carcinogens in some formulas…

Again, this blog does not replace the advice of your healthcare practitioner, this is me sharing what worked for my family.

* Next up… How to make Coconut Milk!  Mmm! Yummy Yummy Baby!

Dr. Dee

Resources:

http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/


Raw Vegan Coconut Ceviche

Raw and Naked… Coconut is an Antimicrobial, Antioxidant, Anti-inflammatory and Analgesic… truly one of nature’s super-food miracles!

There are at least 17,000 studies describing the medicinal and nutritional effects of Coconut and Coconut oil on health. Over and over again various physicians, researchers, biologist, nutritionist and even pharmaceutical companies have all come to the same conclusion… Coconut is no foe, it can help so many aspects of our health!

Why and how can Coconut have so many medicinal properties?  The short answer is that every part of the Coconut has it’s own unique healing gifts. Today, I will be focused on how Coconut Oil was found to be composed predominantly of a Healthy family of fats called Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) and Keytones.

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It is amazing that although Coconut Oil has a long history of nutritional and medicinal uses for thousands of years, Western Medicine continues to use pharmaceutical drugs and over the counter drugs that do not have the same proven medicinal results.  Over the last 80 years, there are Zero documented injuries from using Coconut Oil, however, the estimated deaths/injuries as a result of pharmaceuticals is astronomical.

Source: http://commonground.ca/2012/01/prescription-drug-deaths/

Coconut Oil can specifically help address various health issues such as:

  • Diabetes
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Stomach Bacteria
  • Candida Overgrowth
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Poor Thyroid
  • Lupus
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Malabsorption
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

What is it about Coconut Oil that gives it such healing properties?  Upon consumption of MCTs, the MCTs digest very rapidly and begin breaking down immediately. As a result of MCTs already being completely separated into individual fatty acids, they do not need pancreatic digestive enzymes or bile for digestion, thus relieving stress on the digestive system.

Due to Coconut Oils/MCTs already being in the form of fatty acids when they enter the small intestine, they are immediately absorbed and sent directly to the liver. This allows our liver to automatically metabolize the MCTs into energy.  Some of the MCTs are used up for energy, the remaining MCTs are used by the brain and other bodily tissue. Researchers have discovered that MCTs have the ability to heal various disease-causing bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.

MCTs can be used topically and internally as antimicrobial agents to prevent and ward off infectious diseases. Many common disease-causing microbes as well as potentially deadly ones like HIV and drug-resistant bacteria are very vulnerable to MCTs. In addition, Coconut Oil can help address all of the diseases I listed above.

If you are interested in supporting documentation and more specifics, check out these books: “Virgin Coconut Oil, Nature’s Miracle Medicine”, “The Coconut Oil Miracle”, “Coconut Cures” or “Stop Alzheimers Now”. You can also check out the website http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org.

Are you living on inhalers, antibiotics, steroids, antidepressants, sleeping pills, allergy meds and more? There is hope for you!  Examine every aspect of your life. Read every single label of every single food, every single product, every single material in your house. What are you eating, breathing and wearing that can harm you?  In the mean time, Coconut Oil, Coconut Water, Coconut Meat and Coconut Milk are bringing relief to people around the world.

There are thousands of people who report that Coconut has changed their lives for the better. So many pharmaceutical medications may show promising results in laboratory settings, yet in real life, these meds can prove dangerous and do more harm than good.  Coconut oil has proven it’s nutritional & healing properties in real life!

Here is a great Raw, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Deelicious recipe that contains Coconut Meat & Coconut Oil… It’s so YummyYummyBaby!
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Coconut Ceviche Ingredients:  

As seen above:

  • 2-4 Young Coconuts (cut to your preference)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed, Unrefined Coconut Oil
  • 2 Lemons (Juiced)
  • 2 Limes (Juiced)
  • 2 Large Avocados  (Cubed)
  • 1 Garlic Clove (Minced)
  • 1/2 Cup of Cilantro Leaves (Chopped or cut)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Sea Salt (or more to your taste)
  • 1-2 Large Tomatoes (Diced)
  • 1 Red Onion (Diced)
  • 1/2 Large Cucumber (Diced)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Pepper

Instructions:

First cut open the Coconut, drink the awesome Coconut water, then scoop out the meat with a spoon.20140910_193036  Screenshot_2014-09-10-20-58-20

Second, cut the coconut meat to your liking, then in a Large Bowl Mix in all of the Cucumber, 1/2 the onions, One tomato, 1/2 the Cilantro and All of the Juice from the Lemons and Limes and the Oil.  Next, Cover and set in your fridge to Marinade for 1-2 hours.

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Third, when you are ready to serve it, mix in the Sea Salt, Pepper, Cilantro, the remaining Onion, the remaining Tomato, and the Avocado.

Lastly, taste it and see if you need more Lime/Lemon Juice… You are gonna need a lot of self control to not eat it all! 😉

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If going to a party, I use the shelled coconuts as my serving dishes… I didn’t take a picture but it is a fabulous display piece and catches everyone’s eye 🙂

I serve it with my favorite gluten free chips and watch all the people devour it! 🙂  You will get all sorts of questions like what kind of fish is this… it’s Deelicious… and also, how do you cut open a Coconut?!?

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There are many ways to do it, but I use the bottom edge of a Meat Cleaver while striking the coconut in a circular pattern.  I am a small framed woman, if I can do it… you can do it! It’s really easy once you get the hang of it! 🙂

Looking forward to hearing how much you enjoyed this Coconut Ceviche Appetizer…

Coconut Is Definitely Your Friend… best of all… it’s Yummy Yummy Baby!

Stay tuned for my next post on Coconut Milk and Coconut Water 😉