Updated: Jun 23
SNEAK PEEK OF WHAT'S INSIDE:
The C-words: Coconut and Chia seeds of course!! We at Little Jasmine are taking this time in quarantine to focus on our health. Read back on our newsletters here and here to get our 3 basic self-care tips. If you, like us, are trying out new ingredients and recipes, now is the perfect time to get into Coconut and Chia Seeds if you aren’t already. They both have an impressive plethora of benefits, and can be super versatile. Try our CocoChia Crunch and our Organic, raw virgin Coconut Oil today!
Let’s dive right in with the COCONUTbenefits.
Coconuts have become increasingly popular because of their flavor, culinary uses, health benefits, and moisturizing properties.
One of the best parts of coconut and coconut oil is their distinct smell that transports us straight to the tropics. But beyond that, they have so many niche benefits! First, they are highly nutritious. Coconuts provide mostly fats, but also contain protein, minerals, and B vitamins. Coconuts are high in manganese, which aid in bone health. They are also high in fiber, amino acids, and healthy fat, so they have been linked to stabilizing blood sugar.
Secondly, they are so easy to add to your diet! Try them flaked or shaved, or use some coconut oil for some extra aroma and flavor in curry, soups, stir fries, and rich dishes. Coconut oil can be used in baking, such as in these Gooey Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookies or Vegan Banana Bread. Additionally, the CocoChia Crunch is also a great snack— this innovative, non-GMO, gluten-free product blends coconut shavings and chia seeds to create a low-carb, simple-ingredient, protein-filled snack!
Third of all, we love to use coconut oil to keep our bodies healthy from the outside in. We use coconut oil in hair masks, body butter, and oil pulling. For dry hair, try whipping up a mask using 2 tbsp. Little Jasmine Coconut Oil, 1 tbsp. honey, and 1 egg, then massaging the mixture into your hair from root to tip. Wrap your hair in a shower cap or towel for 30 minutes. For damaged hair, you can use the 2 tbsp. of coconut oil alone and apply it to your hair overnight.
Coconut oil’s fatty acids can help to hydrate skin and can relieve dryness. Its antimicrobial and moisturizing properties keep the skin nourished. When making a basic body butter with coconut oil, just use a jar (or as much as you want) of Little Jasmine Coconut Oil and use an electric mixer to whip the oil until soft and fluffy. If you want a fancier one with essential oils and other kinds of butters (such as shea butters and cocoa butter), check out this recipe.
Finally, our favorite health benefit of coconut oil might be Oil Pulling. An ancient, Indian folk remedy aimed at improving oral health, whitening teeth, freshening breath, and removing plaque, this technique is so easy. In order to oil pull, put a tbsp. of coconut oil in your mouth, and swish it around for 15-20 minutes. It reduces the amount of harmful bacteria, including plaque, in your mouth by dissolving it in the liquid oil.
Now, let’s move onto CHIA SEEDS! Despite their small size, they are full of crucial nutrients. They are rich in antioxidants, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, iron, and calcium. The calcium is great for your bones and teeth, while the fiber keeps your body full for hours and your body moving well; and the healthy fats are essential fats! Another amazing benefit about Chia seeds are that they are protein-packed! In a 1 ounce serving, chia seeds will contain 5.6 grams of protein. That’s why we love our Little Jasmine CocoChia Crunch so much— you get 4 g of protein in every bag.
Because they are plant-based, they are great in vegan diets. Raw, they can be eaten in yogurts, oatmeals, smoothies, and cereals. They can also be used as an egg replacement! To substitute eggs in baking, mix 1 tbsp. of chia seeds with 3 tbsp. of water, and let sit until gel forms. Some of our favorite chia recipes include Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes and Yogurt-Chia Pudding. So, grab some Chia seeds from the grocery store or order them off Amazon. Add them slowly to your diet and see what benefits they bring to you! Or try our sweet, cookie-alternative CocoChia Crunch today!
NOTE: This newsletter was posted in April 2020.
The Cocochia Crunch is no longer available, it has been discontinued.