Who has time to read food labels? One of the reasons I became a vegetarian is because I got tired and disgusted of reading labels with things I couldn’t even pronounce. Seriously, what the hell is formaldehyde and why would it be good for me if it can be used to embalm people?
Ingredients matter. Despite what the “industry leaders” say, pesticides, GMO and other chemicals have absolutely no place in our food chain. I’m no scientist, but I full-heartedly believe many of our illnesses, allergies, mental dysfunctions etc. are directly related to our food sources. You only get one body. Treat it kindly, and it will return the favor.
Plant-based, seasonal and local ingredient meals do a body and the community good. When whole foods are digested, they go straight to work, where they are needed. Consider them taking the express lane to improving your health. The more chemicals and by-products, the longer, if ever, it takes for you to get the nutrients you need.
If you must source food that comes in a wrapper or packaged, the less ingredients, the better. Note to self, if you can’t read it, don’t eat it. Each week, I’ll share products (and some recipes) that are comprised of 10 clear and readable items or less. I’ll share my finds; you share yours! Today, I’m sharing…
Kelapo extra virgin coconut oil, harvested from coconut palms, which is Certified Organic and Fair Trade. I love cooking with coconut oil for the added flavor it provides to a wide variety of dishes. Generally, coconut oil is simply replaced in a 1:1 ratio in any recipe. However, you could use a little more or less to raise the flavor profile of the coconut oil in sweet or savory dishes.
I’ve made rice dishes, pancakes, roasted vegetables and even used it to scramble eggs and I still found the hint of coconut pleasing. I haven’t tried it in a smoothie, but it is on my list. Coconut oil has natural health benefits that should not be overlooked. It contains a concentration of healthy essential fatty acids called MCTs, including lauric acid. The MCT and Lauric Acid in Kelapo vegetarian coconut oil softgels may help support a strong immune, digestive, metabolic, and brain health.*
Adding coconut oil to a smoothie, can increase your feeling of fullness and satiety for longer periods of time. – www.kelapo.com
Kelapo coconut oil line includes: convenient Pre-Measured Baking Sticks, Soy-Free Non-Stick Coconut Oil Cooking Spray and Softgels. Kelapo coconut oil softgels are the first and only all vegetarian coconut supplement on the market. The coconut oil found in Kelapo softgels is cold pressed and also 100% organic, vegetarian, non-GMO, and trans fat free.
Simplicity expert and purveyor of provocative vegetarian cuisine, A.Michelle Blakeley is the curator of the new online magazine, The Vegetarian Aficionado. Connect with her on Twitter at @vegaficionado or Instagram at vegetarianaficionado