Caramelized Tropical Peach Smoothie

A nourishing and delicious tropical treat

Servings: 2-3           Preparation Time: 5 minutes

  • 1 1/2 cups coconut milk, plain kefir or grass-fed milk
  • 4 egg yolks (optional, but adds lots of sustaining nutrition and energy)
  • 1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 1 tablespoon whole sugar (+/- to taste – this is what gives the delicious, caramelized flavor)
  • 3/4 cup frozen peaches
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • dash salt

Blend all ingredients thoroughly until smooth. If desired, stir in a small amount more whole sugar to each serving for a delicious caramel crunch. Enjoy! 🙂

NOTE FROM NATURAL SURRENDER: can replace sugar with liquid stevia

Sourced from www.freecoconutrecipes.com -Recipe submitted by Lydia, Salem, VA

Photo Image sourced from www.freecoconutrecipes.com

How to discard cooking oil

Oil discardYou’ve cooked a delicious meal and everyone is satisfied – now what do you do with the leftover cooking oil?

That’s right – it is NOT a great idea to pour it down the drain as that WILL eventually cause much bigger problems. So what do you do?

Research suggests that the best options are:

1. Reuse It. Now, as you most probably know if you have been reading our blog for awhile, we only recommend coconut oil – or palm kernel oil, which is not readily available – for cooking as these are the ONLY two oils that stay stable at cooking heats. ALL other oils go toxic at cooking heats, creating free radicals.

So we can recommend re-using your cooking oil – IF it is coconut oil. After the oil cools, discard any food bits floating in it then strain the oil through a fine-meshed sieve or a coffee filter into a lidded container, cover, and store in a cool, dry place. You should have a clean oil by then which is fine to re-use

2. Recycle It. Apparently there are free cooking oil recycling programs around but I have only been able to find them for commercial purposes, not household. Maybe in your town? Check it out

I have also heard that you can put it in the compost but some avenues state that it can “throw off” the moisture and attract pests

3. Toss It. If all else fails, the absolute best way to get rid of oil is to let it cool, pour it in a sealable container, and throw it in the trash.

Exactly what is an appropriate sealable container is yet to be discerned – glass jars featured in my research but should a glass vessel just be placed within the garbage where they could break and pierce an innocent garbageman?

One great idea I came across is to wipe the cooking pot out with paper towels  – which soak up the oil and can then be discarded easily into the rubbish. I like that one.

Any other suggestions?

Creamy Coconut Cinnamon Smoothie



Place milk, banana, coconut cream concentrate, vanilla and cinnamon in blender. Blend on high for about 30 seconds or until ingredients are well combined. Slowly drizzle the virgin coconut oil into the mixture.

Recipe via www.freecoconutrecipes.com

Image www.freecoconutrecipes.com 

10 Things to Know about Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil is a natural sunscreen if it's pure and unadulterated

1) Coconut oil is called “the healthiest dietary oil in the world”

2) When we cook with coconut oil, it is remains stable, avoiding oxidisation and free radicals. The only other cooking oil that can claim this is palm kernel oil. ALL other dietary oils go toxic at cooking heats

3) According to studies in the 1930’s and beyond, coconut in all its forms has been used by the South Pacific Islanders for centuries for optimum health. It was only the introduction of western foods that created health challenges in these areas. Other countries that have a high use of coconut oil are statistically very healthy ie lower rates of heart disease etc

4) There are good and bad saturated fats. Some of the good ones are coconut oil and butter

5) Coconut oil improves digestion

6) Coconut oil is heart-friendly – it actually assists in preventing heart disease (whereas the mono & polyunsaturated cooking oils contribute to heart disease)

7) Coconut oil contains lauric acid which is a very important ingredient for health, usually only found in breast milk. Lauric acid strengthens our immune system

8) Regular intake of coconut oil increases your metabolism, which assists with energy levels, weight management and weight loss

9) Coconut oil is antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral, antimicrobial and antiprotozoal. When sickness occurs, coconut oil will literally kill off the baddies while leaving the good organisms in place for a faster return to health

10) Coconut Oil improves thyroid function

Numerous books by Bruce Fife ND including  The Coconut Oil Miracle and Coconut Cures

Guest Blog by Kirsten Tremlett of Byron Wellbeing Retreats

How to beat IBS

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) affects around 25% of Australians, most of which are women. Symptoms include diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, wind, bloating, and nausea. While these symptoms may be distressing, the good news is that IBS does not cause other bowel problems, such as cancer or colitis.
Thankfully, dietary changes and stress management techniques can improve IBS. Factors known to trigger IBS include emotional stress, certain foods, food intolerances, and gut infections (E coli).
The following tips will help you manage or eliminate these unpleasant symptoms:
TAKE PROBIOTICS: Colonise your gut with these healthy bacteria to boost immunity, improve digestion and increase resistance to gastro-intestinal infections. Take Lactobacillus capsules (10-30 billion bacteria) daily.
AVOID SUSPECT FOODS: Many sufferers of IBS are lactose and gluten intolerant. Other common food culprits are simple sugars, sorbitol, fructose, coffee, cola, tea, chocolate, onions, citrus, spicy foods, and the ‘gassy’ veggies such as cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts and broccoli. Keep a food diary and record daily foods eaten, stress levels, and symptoms.
EAT MORE FIBRE: Eat plenty of insoluble fibre found in greens, been, and pulses. This bulks up faecal matter and speeds up its passage through the intestines. Water soluble fibre helps your intestines function more efficiently, as well as helping to lower cholesterol. Good sources include apples, oats, psyllium husks, chia seeds, and flaxseeds. Start with a small amount (one teaspoon) until your colon adjusts to the extra fibre and make sure you stay well hydrated.
EAT MORE FATTY ACIDS: Omega 3’s or essential fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and soothe the gut. Eat plenty of avocados, oily fish, flaxseeds and the good oils such as olive, walnut and coconut. Avoid fried foods, meats and margarines. Eat small, frequent meals so you don’t overload your digestive system.
STIMULATE DIGESTION: If you are low in digestive enzymes you won’t break down and absorb your food very well, resulting in bloating, wind and constipation. Take one Tblsp of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice in water before or during meals to stimulate digestive enzymes or take Swedish Bitters.
EXERCISE REGULARLY: Whenever possible do at least 30 minutes of non-competitive exercise. Exercise is a good stress reliever, releases pain-killing endorphins, and acts as an intestinal stimulant.
HELPFUL HERBS: Slippery Elm soothes and coats the intestinal tract and eases inflammation and soreness. Take 1 tsp in warm water before meals or 2 capsules.
Peppermint tea relaxes the intestines, reducing spasms and relieves wind. Drink 1-3 cups daily.
Ginger tea also soothes the gut, reduces nausea, and stimulates digestion. Grate 1/2 tsp fresh ginger root into hot water and steep for 5 minutes before drinking.