Back in the day when I was a wee curly-haired one, there were two fruit flavors I strongly disliked: banana and coconut.
Because I’m a drama queen, I am pretty sure I told Mama Everythingtarian that every time she ate banana Laffy Taffy, it made me want to vomit. And while some of my high school friends happily extolled the deliciousness of piña coladas, I truly thought they tasted like Banana Boat Tanning Oil. You know, that brown bottle with a whopping SPF 5 you convinced yourself was safe guarding you against the evils of sun damage while you spent eight hours a day tanning at the community pool in high school?
Luckily, my tastebuds and have matured.
Unfortunately, I can’t say the same for my bra size.
1/2 cup oats
1 container Pomegranate Chobani Greek yogurt
1/3 cup organic skim milk
2 T shredded coconut
1/2 sliced banana
drizzle of almond butter
While I still think banana Laffy Taffy is high fructose corn syrup at its most disgusting, coconut has been a welcome addition to my Everythingtarian diet. Its lovely dose of medium chain fatty acids has done wonders for keeping my skin, hair and nails shiny, healthy and in tip-top condition.
Shredded coconut, coconut flakes, coconut oil, coconut butter, coconut water, coconut meat, booze-laden piña coladas – is there any other fruit that provides such a vast array of options for the food-obsessed like our tropical friend the coconut?
I think no.
When it comes down to it, I think my favorite way of utilizing coconut is in oil form as a lovely coating for roasting sweet potatoes. Sprinkled with touch of sea salt, drizzled with BBQ sauce and devoured alongside an avocado + salsa-topped Mexican Black Bean Burger, the combination of it all is sweet + salty at its finest.
Don’t forget you can also use coconut oil to make homemade deodorant, as a moisturizing hair mask and for a subtly fragrant + uber-smooth massage oil (insert “bow chicka wow wow”).
Now you may be thinking, “But Holly, that’s great that a stellar company like Tropical Traditions sent you a hugh jass jar of coconut oil for free, but what about me, your dear, loving and dedicated Everythingtarian reader?”
Have no fear.
Tropical Traditions is here.
For my lovely Everythingtarian readers, I have one 32-ounce jar of organic, GMO-free, environmentally-friendly coconut oil to give away!
There’s two ways to win, and here’s what you need to do:
- Leave me a comment on this post telling me the first thing you will do with the coconut oil if you win. Try to keep it PG-rated if you can.
- You can win a bonus entry by going to Tropical Traditions and signing up for their e-newsletter, which sends out special promotions and offers for ALL their products. If you do this, leave me a 2nd comment letting me know you did so.
The contest ends Wednesday night at 7pm CST. I’ll announce the winner in Wednesday’s post.
And just imagine, if you enter and are lucky enough to win this awesome giveaway, you too could look as beautiful as I do giving yourself a coconut oil hair mask…
Trust me, it’s still way better than eating banana Laffy Taffy.