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Benefits of Coconut Oil

20 Coconut Oil Benefits & Side Effects (#5 is Life Saving)

Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of matured coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. It is high in saturated fat and slow to oxidize. 


Last week, most of our lab used coconut oil with cocoa powder to make dark chocolate. But if you aren’t a baker, will coconut oil still serve a purpose?


Well, you should. Research has finally uncovered the secrets coconuts and coconut oil, namely healthy fats called medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs), these unique fats include:

  • Caprylic acid
  • Lauric acid
  • Capric acid

Coconut Oil Benefits:

Improves Memory and Brain Function

Improves Digestion, Reduces Stomach Ulcers & Ulcerative Colitis

Building Muscle and Losing Body Fat


Smoked Salmon Sushi

Instead of spending $9.00 at EaglesNest, or $12.00 at PandaExpress, save yourself some weekend cash by making sushi on your own. I do suggest that you look for sales on avocados, or salmon, to make sure you aren’t spending the same amount of cash at home.

Salmon is not only healthy on its own, but it pairs perfectly with vegetables and avocados.

This meal has a prep time of 30 minutes, and will be ready in five hours. It may also cost

2 cups Japanese sushi rice



  1. Soak rice for 4 hours. Drain rice and cook in a rice cooker with 2 cups of water. Rice must be slightly dry as vinegar will be added later.
  2. Immediately after rice is cooked, mix in 6 tablespoons rice vinegar to the hot rice. Spread rice on a plate until completely cool.
  3. Place 1 sheet of seaweed on bamboo mat, press a thin layer of cool rice on the seaweed. Leave at least 1/2 inch top and bottom edge of the seaweed uncovered. This is for easier sealing later. Dot some wasabi on the rice. Arrange cucumber, avocado and smoked salmon to the rice. Position them about 1 inch away from the bottom edge of the seaweed.
  4. Slightly wet the top edge of the seaweed. Roll from bottom to the top edge with the help of the bamboo mat tightly. Cut roll into 8 equal pieces and serve. Repeat for other rolls.


Biofabricating Meat: No Animal Slaughter

In this TED Talk, Andras Forgacs talks about the notion of using animal cells to produce meat (and Leather) instead of breeding and killing so many animals. Basically, this process known as biofabrication works by performing a biopsy to safely extract cells from an animal, growing the cells, making them produce collagen and then spreading the cells and their collagen to form different shapes – or in the case of making leather, forming sheets. Biofabrication has already proven to be a viable process for creating fleshy body parts in the medical field, so it is a reasonable step to making meat products.

Do you see any substantial benefits (or setbacks) to biofabricating meat?

Banana Nut Muffin Recipe


Tired of eating boring breakfast foods? Switch up your morning meal with a banana nut muffin! Healthy without compromising taste, these treats are the way to go! For added nutrition top muffin with nut butter!

Recipe: Makes 12 large muffins

  • 3 ripe mashed bananas

  • 5 tbsp milk of choice

  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract

  • 3 tbsp agave or coconut sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1 1/2 cup almond flour

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1 tsp baking soda

  • 2 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup blueberries or 1/2 cup dairy free chocolate chips

  • 1/2 cup crushed walnuts


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mash bananas seperately in a bowl, then add in wet ingredients and mix until smooth.

3. Combine all wet and dry ingredients, and then mix together.

4. Spray muffin tray with coconut oil and pour mix into tins.

5. Bake for 25 minutes at 350 degrees, and let cool.






These muffins are simply delicious! Bake yours today and shoot me a picture at or tag me on Instagram @skinnybetchbowl #skinnybetchbowl

Garlicky Hummus Recipe


Hummus: a magical dip that is not only healthy, but is also delicious. I basically eat it with every meal, its a part of my major food group. So I figured it was time to share this simple recipe with all of you! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!



  • 1 (15 oz) can organic chickpeas

  • 4 tbsp tahini (sesame seed paste)

  • 2 lemons (juice)

  • 5 cloves fresh garlic (peeled)

  • 1 tbsp olive oil

  • 3 tbsp water

  • 1 cup boiled beets (optional)


1. Open can of chickpeas and rinse thoroughly. Then pour the chickpeas into a bowl and remove its skin. Pour into the food processor and mix on high until chickpeas break down as so:

2. Add in tahini, lemon juice, garlic, salt, olive oil, and water and mix on high until hummus is smooth to your liking.

3. Add 1 cup of boiled beets to the mix if desired, and mix on high until beet is thoroughly mixed in.

4. Enjoy with cut vegetables!

Fermented Food Recipes

We all know that fermentation and lacto-fermentation are process done to preserve foods without the need for refrigeration while also bringing a generally more pleasant taste. Thankfully, fermenting can be an easy process that only requires some basic ingredients and instruments, as shown in the recipes given in the article. Check them out and see what you can experiment with.

Which recipes are you familiar with? Are you surprised that any of them were a product of fermentation?

Is there an enzyme that can help you feel more full?

I read an article that was talking about a certain enzyme and how it can trigger your brain into thinking that you’re more full.  They say that this enzyme is linked to your brain and it can allow you to believe you’re more full then you actually are.  The reason this can happen is because of leptin which is a hormone released by fat tissue that sends signals to the brain.  If we can hone this enzyme we can stop the extra hunger that always has you looking in the fridge in the middle of the night.

50 Foods That Are Super Healthy

By the second year, most of us move off-campus and have to begin cooking for ourselves. However, this isn’t easy. For me, it was very hard to think of cooking ideas, and then it was even harder to choose the ingredients. However, I’ve always wanted to keep it healthy. Here is a list of 50 healthy ingredients that you will be able to include into your daily diet, which will hopefully help you out in your cooking journey.

It includes fruits, vegetables, grains, breads, meats, and much more.


50 Foods That Are Super Healthy




Peanuts can lower your chance of getting colon cancer

In a recent article i read it described how peanuts can lower the chances of you getting colon cancer.  They conducted an experiment and they compared the diets of people who were diagnosed with colon cancer to those who were cancer free.  They found that men who had a serving of peanuts at least three times a week had a 61% less of a  chance to get colon cancer.   Where women went all the way up to 81% less of a chance to be diagnosed with colon cancer.