Since discovering all of the amazing benefits of coconut oil, I have been fascinated with using it in all aspects of my life. So when Skinny Coconut Oil contacted me about trying their product, I was super excited about it. Skinny is different from other coconut oils because it’s the only 100% raw coconut oil in the world. For a coconut oil to be considered raw means that processing was less than 115 degree Fahrenheit. Skinny Coconut’s Nutralock System uses a low-friction air jack to apply, dehumidify and extract the extra virgin coconut oil at room temperature.

Some of the benefits of coconut oil include:

• Can help with weight loss by raising the body’s metabolic rate. This can be explained by its effect on thyroid; it activates metabolism and prevents the effects of unsaturated fats on the thyroid. Not only that – there are 100 fewer calories per pound than in unsaturated vegetable oils.

• Can help with brain health by converting to a fuel called ketones. Ketones are made in the liver and travel to the brain and may help cognitive decline in old age. These molecules can help with improved memory, cognition and attention.

• Can help normalize cholesterol levels when added as part of a balanced diet.

• Can help improve immune function. Coconut oil is a natural source of lauric acid, which is also found in mother’s milk.

A couple of months ago, I wrote this post about 21 non-cooking uses for coconut oil. I just think it’s the coolest thing that one little product can be a natural alternative with so many different uses.

Some of my favorite uses for coconut include:

• Cooking

• Moisturizer

• Lip balm

• Shiny cat coat

• Sweetener for coffee

Here’s a list of 21 non-cooking uses for coconut oil.

But for this review, I used it in recipes. One of my favorite no-bake recipes are these Coconut Energy Bars. I love using coconut oil because I love the smell of coconut. Perhaps because Skinny is so pure, it smells more coconut-ty than my usual brand. It actually made me think of being on a beach and smelling the coconut! But back to the energy bars….they were delicious! Skinny Coconut Oil adds a nice flavor and a dose of healthy fat. I also used Skinny when making one of our go-to meals Quinoa and Sauteed Vegetables. I just poured a little into the pan to heat it (oh, that smell again) and added my vegetables. It adds a nice flavor to vegetables that you just don’t get with vegetable oil. I’d encourage you to try either of these recipes or some of the many recipes on the Skinny Coconut website. You won’t be disappointed!

Do you use coconut oil? Have you tried any non-cooking uses for it?

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