by Holly on January 31, 2011

in breakfast,childhood,dinner,giveaway,Mexican,recipes

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

(soaked overnight)

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.

Not to mention a Berry Oatmeal Scone tastes delicious when dunked in coconut butter.

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.


Christine February 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

I’d roast some turnip tossed in coconut oil, to serve alongside fish cooked in parchment paper with a bit of coconut oil. Then, I’d sprinkle toasted coconut atop it all (naturally).

Christine February 2, 2011 at 12:30 am

Aaaand, I signed up for the newsletter :)

Kristen Leigh February 2, 2011 at 1:24 am

I would try a funky recipe (one of the many I have bookmarked that call for coconut oil)

Holly February 2, 2011 at 5:22 am

I would make a heckofa stir fry!

Jules February 2, 2011 at 7:55 am

Well, first I will try some by eating it right out of the jar. And then after realizing that is probably gross, I will make some stove-top popcorn with it!

Jules February 2, 2011 at 7:57 am

Also, I have subscribed to the newsletter!

Yin February 2, 2011 at 8:07 am

I would make a stir fry with tofu, beans, and lots of veggies :)

Yin February 2, 2011 at 8:08 am

I’m already signing up for their newsletter :D!

Ashley February 2, 2011 at 8:27 am

I’m going to try it out with some Thai food! FAVORITE!

Brandy February 2, 2011 at 9:10 am

I’d make a stir-fry HEAB style with coconut oil as the “frying” substance! Or maybe doughballs. Mmmmm……………

Brandy February 2, 2011 at 9:11 am

And I signed up for the newsletter. Perhaps seeing coconut oil related material regularly will break my cheap ways and entice me to splurge on a jar already!

Alli February 2, 2011 at 9:55 am

I would roast sweet potatoes with it. yum

J.Lynn February 2, 2011 at 10:28 am

Hm, I really like the idea of roasting sweet potato with a drizzle of coconut oil on it, so that’s probably what I would do with it. Nothin’ too fancy :) && I’ve never really been a fan of coconut (mainly because of the texture), but I”m slowly starting to like it.

Stacy February 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I would use the coconut oil to make a huge batch of super charge me cookies. I have always wanted to try to bake with coconut oil but I am way too cheap to buy a jar. Sad but true!

Stacy February 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

I would like a second entry because I just signed up for the Tropical Traditions email thing. Thanks! : )

Sami February 2, 2011 at 2:32 pm

daannnnggg.. sweetest giveaway evaaaaa. i’ve been wanting to try coconut oil roasted sweet taters, so other than bathe in it, i guess this would be the first thing i’d do :)


Sami February 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

already signed up for their newsletter! :)

Andrea February 2, 2011 at 4:16 pm

I have wanted to try this oil for ages! But they don’t ship to Canada. I would massage it into kale and make kale chips.

Nicole February 2, 2011 at 5:25 pm


Hilary February 2, 2011 at 7:51 pm

I would definitely use it to make low and slow sweet potatoes. That is a combination made in heaven. Oh how I love thee, coconut oil!

Hilary February 2, 2011 at 7:52 pm

I signed up for their newsletter! I can’t wait to see what other products and news they have.

Denice Anderson February 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Just got my first jar of Coconut oil….and I was a bit afraid! However, I slathered it on a baked sweet potato….and oh my!!! I was in heaven!

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