Since The Hubs and I started living the pescatarian lifestyle earlier this year, we’ve been experimenting with of new foods. I’ve learned all about vegetarian meat AKA mock meats — foods make to look like various meats, but made from soy, gluten, eggs, veggies or a combo of those ingredients — and that kale is the new spinach! Most recently I learned about the many health benefits of coconut oil and flax seeds to a persons daily diet, courtesy of a care package from Carrington Farms for #AllGoodApril month.
My Carrington Farms “All Good April” care package included Liquid Coconut Cooking Oil, Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil tub & Organic Milled Flax Seeds
Carrington Farms has been around since 2000 and they produce 100% organic, non-genetically modified food products for health conscious consumers in the United States. Their tagline is “healthy foods for a healthy soul.” Their product line includes a range of teas, flax and chia seeds and coconut oils that are full of vitamins and minerals essential to an everyday diet.
I’ve always been partial to olive oil because of my Italian roots, but I was surprised at how much I like using coconut oil. Coconut oil has no trans or hydrogenated fats and is strengthens the immune system, contributing to a healthy metabolism. My Carrington Farms care package included both a liquid and solid form of the oil.
Curiously, the liquid form doesn’t smell or taste like coconuts like I expected. It actually has no aroma or taste, so the flavor didn’t overpower my dishes Coconut oil has a higher heat point than traditional olive oils so it worked perfectly when I sautéed my veggies. I also did try it in one of my breakfast smoothies, and it was quite yummy.
½ cup of fresh or frozen blueberries
¼ cup almond milk
3 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Unrefined, Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – liquid form
3 Tbsp organic vanilla yogurt
2 scoops of organic whey protein powder (optional)
3 ice cubes (not necessary if you use frozen blueberries)
- Place all the ingredients in a blender and process until smooth
- Pour into glass and serve
I was a little more skeptical of the solid coconut oil form since I didn’t realize it was actually edible. Coconut oil in solid form will transform into liquid at temperatures above 75 degrees Fahrenheit. While the package says you can refrigerate, they recommend that you keep it in a cool, dry space. I kept it in my cabinet. The solid form of coconut oil can be used as a healthy and delicious replacement for butter or fats; sauté veggies, roast sweet potatoes or mix into oatmeal. It’s also works in baked foods like muffins, cakes and cookies and drizzled over popcorn! On busy nights I make grilled cheese sandwiches for The Hubs and I and use the solid coconut oil form instead of butter.
2 slices of whole grain organic bread
2 Tbsp Carrington Farms Organic Unrefined, Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – solid form
4 slices American cheese
- Spread coconut oil on one side each of two slices of bread
- Place one slice of bread, coconut oil side down in frying pan
- Layer cheese slices on bread in pan
- Add the second slice of bread on top of the layered cheese with the coconut oil spread side up
- Let cook for 3-4 minutes, until cheese starts to melt and bread toasts and using spatula, flip the sandwich and repeat the process
- Remove from pan with spatula and serve
Before opening this care package, I didn’t really know what flax seeds were. I’ve heard some people call them one of the most powerful plant foods on the planet. I checked it out online and read some stories about medical research studies that show flax seeds can help to reduce a person’s risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. Apparently, flax and even chia seeds (yeah, just like in those crazy Chia Pets!) are the new hot new health food.
Flax seeds are a good source of fiber and are filled with omega-3s, the healthy fatty acid. I didn’t realize it, but you can find flax seeds in many of today’s foods from table crackers to frozen waffles. The seeds have a subtle nutty flavor and you can sprinkle them over cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt for breakfast, or as a topping for salads or casseroles. They can also be used in baking or as a coating/crust on meats or fish, which I’m going to try this weekend.
Carrington Farms has designated this month as “All Good April” and has teamed up with a number of its retail partners across the country to offer various deals all month-long on their products so consumers can try them out.
Some of the Carrington Farms “All Good April” participating retailers include Whole Foods, Publix, Stop & Shop, Albertsons, HEB, Meijer, ShopRite and Wegmans. Deals vary depending upon retailer and location, so make sure to check either Carrington Farms website, Facebook page or with your local grocer for details. Also, if you check out the Carrington Farms website you can download free coupons for even more savings.
Now it’s your turn to share. What new food item/dish have you tried lately?
For Full Disclosure: The Harried Mom was not compensated for this post, but was provided complimentary from Carrington Farms to try out as an official “All Good April” Blog Ambassador. As always though, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom blog are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing any products as your opinion may differ.
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