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Most of us know that we need to eat healthy, but let’s face it: most healthy food doesn’t taste that good. And many people struggle with making healthy choices because they just can’t stand the taste.
It’s important to know how to make healthy food taste good—and not only for your tastebuds’ sake. You’re much more likely to stick to your diet if you enjoy eating the food, which means that you’ll lose fat and gain muscle faster on a healthy diet that tastes good.
My number one best tip for making healthy food taste good…
Coconut oil is something I have been using with all of my meals to increase the juiciness and flavor of each meal. Many healthy foods are naturally low in fat, and don’t have a lot of flavor. By simply adding one scoop to each healthy meal it drastically improves the taste and moistness of the food, giving full flavor and juiciness to each ingredient.
Coconut oil is also an amazing source of natural “healthy fat.” I used to think that “fat” was a dirty word. But in fact, there are many healthy fats that can reduce high cholesterol, promote good cholesterol, and be a part of a heart-healthy diet. The secret is to focus on the right fats. Good fats are monounsaturated fats such as olive oil, nuts, avocado and of course coconut oil.
Another great benefit to having healthy fat is that fats digest slower than carbohydrates, giving you longer lasting energy. This kind of sustainable energy is exactly what every trainee needs to power through their workouts and avoid the up and down crashes associated with dieting.
Another great thing about coconut oil is that about 60 percent of the fats in coconut oil are medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Experts agree that these MCFAs are the powerhouse that make this oil extremely beneficial for energy. MCFAs are quickly converted into energy almost like a carbohydrate. And even though MCFAs act similarly to carbohydrates, they do not raise blood sugar. Medium chain fatty acids also stimulate metabolism by helping your thyroid to function optimally.
Coconut oil does have a lot of calories, so I would not recommend it for someone looking to lose large amounts of fat quickly. But it’s good for a long-term weight loss diet as long as you are eating low calorie meals, and for a muscle-building diet.
So here’s my advice to you: go out and buy a jar of coconut oil, and start experimenting with adding it to healthy food.
Most grocery stores will carry coconut oil, and pretty much any brand you see in supermarkets is good. You can buy a large jar for as little as $5, and you can get a small jar of extra-virgin coconut oil (the best tasting oil and the best oil nutritionally) for about $10. Also note that the coconut oil you choose must be high heat tolerant so that you can microwave it and cook with it.
Pick up a jar, and start experimenting with adding a scoopful to healthy foods. For example, try adding a scoop to chicken breast when stir-frying it—or when re-heating it in the microwave. You can also add it to brown rice, vegetables and pretty much any other healthy food to improve its flavor and moistness.
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