I am by no means a raw foodist. I like cooked food, I like meat… well I just like food! I stumbled upon raw food on my health journey. I am not into the trendy raw food thing but I was told by my natropathic nutritionist that although I was eating the right foods, my body was not absorbing nutrients appropriately. So he gave me a whole food nutritional supplement to help me absorb nutrients. I then went on a nutrient binge!
I love coconut and almonds, but did you know how good they are for you?
Coconut: From http://www.coconutresearchcenter.org/
“Coconut In Modern Medicine
Modern medical science is now confirming the use of coconut in treating many of the above conditions. Published studies in medical journals show that coconut, in one form or another, may provide a wide range of health benefits. Some of these are summarized below:
- Kills viruses that cause influenza, herpes, measles, hepatitis C, SARS, AIDS, and other illnesses.
- Kills bacteria that cause ulcers, throat infections, urinary tract infections, gum disease and cavities, pneumonia, and gonorrhea, and other diseases.
- Kills fungi and yeasts that cause candidiasis, ringworm, athlete’s foot, thrush, diaper rash, and other infections.
- Expels or kills tapeworms, lice, giardia, and other parasites.
- Provides a nutritional source of quick energy.
- Boosts energy and endurance, enhancing physical and athletic performance.
- Improves digestion and absorption of other nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
- Relieves stress on pancreas and enzyme systems of the body.
- Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
- Helps relieve symptoms and reduce health risks associated with diabetes.
- Reduces problems associated with malabsorption syndrome and cystic fibrosis.
- Improves calcium and magnesium absorption and supports the development of strong bones and teeth.
- Helps protect against osteoporosis.
- Helps relieve symptoms associated with gallbladder disease.
- Relieves symptoms associated with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and stomach ulcers.
- Improves digestion and bowel function.
- Relieves pain and irritation caused by hemorrhoids.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Helps protect the body from breast, colon, and other cancers.
- Is heart healthy; improves cholesterol ratio reducing risk of heart disease.
- Protects arteries from injury that causes atherosclerosis and thus protects against heart disease.
- Helps prevent periodontal disease and tooth decay.
- Functions as a protective antioxidant.
- Helps to protect the body from harmful free radicals that promote premature aging and degenerative disease.
- Does not deplete the body’s antioxidant reserves like other oils do.
- Improves utilization of essential fatty acids and protects them from oxidation.
- Helps relieve symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.
- Relieves symptoms associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (prostate enlargement).
- Reduces epileptic seizures.
- Helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections.
- Dissolves kidney stones.
- Helps prevent liver disease.
- Is lower in calories than all other fats.
- Supports thyroid function.
- Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
- Is utilized by the body to produce energy in preference to being stored as body fat like other dietary fats.
- Helps prevent obesity and overweight problems.
- Applied topically helps to form a chemical barrier on the skin to ward of infection.
- Reduces symptoms associated the psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
- Supports the natural chemical balance of the skin.
- Softens skin and helps relieve dryness and flaking.
- Prevents wrinkles, sagging skin, and age spots.
- Promotes healthy looking hair and complexion.
- Provides protection from damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation from the sun.
- Helps control dandruff.
- Does not form harmful by-products when heated to normal cooking temperature like other vegetable oils do.
- Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
- Is completely non-toxic to humans.
See Research to read some of the published studies regarding the above mentioned uses of coconut products.”
Almonds are pretty awesome too. I edited out the explanations for length sake. Read more on the website. From http://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/seed-and-nut/health-benefits-of-almonds.html
“Almonds are also known to have great medicinal value. Few of the benefits of almonds are given below.
- Good for brain
- Regulates cholesterol
- Good for heart
- Skin care
- Regulates blood pressure
- Prevention of cancer
- Protection against diabetes: Almonds also help in reducing the rise in sugar and insulin levels after meals.
- Good in pregnancy: Almond contains folic acid.
- Weight loss:
- Prevention of constipation
- Boosts energy
One avoids the risk of Alzheimer‘s disease by consuming almonds. But just like any other food, even almonds have their cons. They contain oxalates and excessive oxalates can cause crystallization. So people having kidney or gallbladder problems should avoid eating almonds.
So now you see why my cookies are super awesome. Oh and they taste great too!
FINALLY! Here is the recipe.
1 1/2 c almond flower (just get whole raw almonds and blend them to a flower like consistency its cheaper this way)
1 1/2c shredded coconut (get in the bulk section)
1/2 c Agave nectar (I get raw organic, you can get it cheapest at Costco 2 bottles for $8)
1/2 c Coconut oil
2 tbsp vanilla extract
Mix together and scoop onto dehydrator trays (if you have a dehydrator) or baking sheet. (I use an icecream scoop and press a whole almond onto the top because it looks pretty) Set dehydrator or oven to 140 degrees for 4-5 hours.
They will be warm and chewy and sweet just like cookies but are SO much more healthy… and tasty. So addicting!
Let me know what you think! What is your favorite recipe?
These are some great recipes from my mamma friends!
Caitlin – http://caitlin-lane.blogspot.com/2011/07/cookbook-thursday-lemon-apple-blueberry.html