I’m addicted to coconut, in fact I put the nuts in the coco… any form, shape and consistence I adore it! The taste, the smell, texture… I mean seriously how can you not LOVE coconuts?
Nowadays coconut has a super food status, in any form be it solid, oil, tender, ripe, water, cream, etc. Coconut is very beneficial to be had during pregnancy – which puts this perfection of a fruit in to the royal family of fruits!
Coconuts are a rich source of electrolytes and potassium, packed with magnesium, calcium, and a range of vitamins, which are especially important while growing another being inside you.
Coconut milk is rich in iron and expecting mothers, especially those who don’t eat an iron-rich diet, can consume it to get their dose of iron on a regular basis, and lessen the chances of having anemia.
Lauric acid found in coconut helps to increase breast milk production. A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that a single meal with coconut oil can affect the fatty acid composition of breast milk for 1 to 3 days (with the maximum increase occurring during the first 10 hours). Some studies also connect coconut products with healthy hormone production, weight maintenance, and bone health, the prevention of fatigue and a reduction in joint and muscle inflammation. Need I say more?!
The goodness doesn’t stop there…
Tender coconut acts as a laxative and will prevent constipation during pregnancy. This has got to be one of the best benefits of having a coconut in any form during pregnancy!
It may also help relieve morning sickness, nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and prevents acidity and heart burn. So, if you do suffer from these annoying manifestations try drinking or eating it first thing in the morning.
Consuming coconut on a regular basis increases blood circulation, a vital factor especially during pregnancy, as it may prevent pain and swelling in the legs.
Drinking coconut water can increase your urine volume and flow and may prevent urine infections.
Last but certainly not least – If you have an itchy belly or breasts (from the stretching of the skin) rub some coconut oil on it as it moisturize and nourish your skin, and may even prevent the formation of stretch marks.
Here’s a quick & simple, healthy no-sugar added dessert. It involves three forms of coconut – oil, flour and shreds. When you you’re really craving something sweet and comforting, but not in a mood to go all out on a binge… take 10 minutes and you have yourself a good old apple crumble with a tropical twist.
Coconut apple crumble for one 😉
1 smith apple – peeled and cut into chunks
1 tsp. coconut oil + 1 tsp. coconut oil
¼ tsp. cinnamon
1 tbsp. coconut flour
1 tbsp. almond flour
1 tbsp. coconut shreds or unsweetened flakes
1 tbsp. sliced almonds
- Heat a toaster oven to 350.
- In a small sauce pan sauté the apple chunks with 1 tsp. of coconut oil and cinnamon for about five minutes, until it becomes just a little bit soft.
- Mix all the dry ingredients and add the remaining tsp. of coconut oil, until you have crumbs or chunks.
- In a heat proof mug or small bowl place the apple chunks and scatter the crumble above it.
- Bake for about 10 minutes until crumbs are golden brown.
- For a larger amount just increase respectively all of the quantities.
Enjoy your food, enjoy your body ♥