Coconut is your mantra for good health in winter, here's why!
1. Eat healthy, live healthy!
Those who believe in the power of natural ingredients in healing the body would definitely agree with the magical elements present in coconut. Coconut is an all-rounder that can not only keep your gut healthy but heal your skin and keep it glowing.
With hundreds of coconut species available in India, the taste of this nut varies according to its soil alkalinity. Known as ‘Nariyal’ in Hindi, it has a high level of dietary fibre and provides a whopping 61% of fibre content to the human body if consumed on a daily basis. Coconut fibre slows down the release of glucose and transports it to the cell where it is converted into energy. It also assists in relieving stress on the pancreas and enzyme systems which reduce the risk of developing diabetes.
You will be surprised to know that it contains high amount of saturated fats, but they are not harmful at all. The fatty acids present in it are absorbed by the body and go directly to the liver from the digestive tract that has further therapeutic effects on brain disorders like epilepsy and Alzheimer’s. After knowing these unbelievable benefits of this nut, if you are clueless about how to use it, then let us tell you that from enhancing the sweetness of deserts to nourishing the skin, it has innumerable uses that have been listed below. So, start incorporating coconut into your daily routine for good health in winter.
2. Dessert delight
Coconut can enhance the sweetness of your desserts. Add grated coconut or coconut milk in your favourite sweet treat. You can also substitute all-purpose flour with coconut flour while baking a cake or make your pie tastier with a filling of tender coconut chunks.
3. Perfect for health drink
Make some refreshing drinks with a variety of fruits such as watermelon, orange or sweet lime and add coconut water to it to delight your guests. Serve your guests with kadhi made of kokum fruit and coconut milk after meals to aid digestion.
4. Smoothie for kids
If you are looking to give a twist to your daily fruit smoothie, try a tropical-flavoured one made of low-fat coconut milk or coconut water. You can also add tender coconut chunks along with your choice of fruit(s) and blend them together to enjoy something cool and healthy.
5. Curry call
If you have a craving for the tropical taste of coconut, infuse coconut milk or add grated coconut to your curries. You can also substitute olive oil with coconut oil to make your salad dressing and temper your chutneys, curd-based curries, poriyals, and dals with the precious coconut oil.
6. Natural moisturizer
Coconut can be used as a natural moisturizer. Coconut will hydrate your skin and keep it nourished all day long. Applying virgin coconut oil directly or mixing a few drops of it to your daily moisturizer will make your skin ready to go out.
7. Make-up remover
Take a dab of coconut oil and rub it gently on your face. It will remove all the makeup and excess oil leaving your skin supple and smooth.
8. Skin toner
Coconut not just smoothens your skin but also works as a natural toner. The fats present in coconut minimises the pores that attract all the dirt and bacteria and prevent the skin from getting damaged.
9. Prevents acne
The toning property of coconut helps in preventing acne by minimising the pores of the skin.