By Dr. Joël, ND
Did you know that healthy fats are not only vital to reducing inflammation, but are also your body’s preferred source of fuel. In addition they help to balance hormones which are the foundations to healthy skin and hair, giving you your gorgeous glow.
Not long ago coconut oil was thought to be a “bad guy” due to its saturated fat content. We now know that coconut oil which is a medium chain fatty acid is actually a “good guy” with tons of health benefits, including promoting heart health, weight loss, thyroid function and immunity, thanks to lauric acid which is an antimicrobial.
You can enjoy coconut oil anytime you need a kick-start, including for pre-workout nutrition as it is sent directly to your liver to use as energy, making it a powerful source of instant fuel. Post-workout it is best to focus on carbs and protein for rebuilding glycogen (stored energy) and repair.
Coconut oil is also more heat-stable compared to other oils so it is the recommended choice when heating is required occasionally.
Power Hour Smoothie
- 3 cups coconut water, unsweetened and raw
- ½ cup almonds, raw (soaked overnight)
- 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 drops stevia (optional)
Dr. Joel’s Energy Pack:
- 1 tsp.+ maca powder, raw
- 1 tsp. + bee pollen
- 1 tsp. hemp seeds
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Place coconut water, almonds, vanilla, stevia i(f using) and the energy pack ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth, enjoy! For a thicker version and more protein increase the amount of almonds.
Power Foods 101 is written by Dr. Joël, ND. In this book Naturopathic Dr. Joël shares her knowledge gathered from her over 25 years in practice at her clinic Revivelife™; teaching at the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation (ORCF) training with world leaders in their field.
Power Foods 101 is in support of the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. For more info visit www.powerfoods101.com]]>