y’all these days i’m kookoo for coconuts. since incorporating the oil pulling phenomenon into my morning routine (six days strong), it seems like without even trying, coconuts have made a larger and larger presence in my life. which is weird because growing up, i was always anti-team coconut. mostly for the fact that the taste was eerily reminiscent of hawaiin tropics spf 30 (not that i’ve ever actually sampled sunscreen myself). but adopting a paleo-ish lifestyle changed things and i have since fostered a relatively healthy relationship with the tropical fruit. turns out it’s a delicious topping for acai bowls, frozen faux-gurt, and oatmeal. its oil is great for high-heat cooking (the spray variety from tj’s is a game changer), its milk makes a great alternative for the lactose averse, and coconut water, albeit more of an acquired taste, is a great way to replenish your potassium supply after a tough workout (or if you’ve just lost electrolytes by sweating them out in 90+ degree weather).
and then recently, and what will most likely be to my downfall, i discovered the wonders of coconut butter. oh-em-gee. am i ever happy that the artisana brand sells single-serving packages of this white gold at whole foods. otherwise a can of that
crack butter would last about as long as a jar of almond butter in my house. seriously.
and my obsession with coconut doesn’t stop at its internal consumption. i’m now a big fan of employing its wonders to enhance the outside of my body as well. most recently, to these flowing locks of mine. which were, let’s be honest, looking a little limp. so perusing the shampoo aisle at my local walmart, i was immediately taken by the organix brand. mostly for its unique and adorably-shaped packaging. i’m basically every marketing department’s target group. i scoured through the many “flavors,” -moroccan argan creme? acai berry avocado? cherry blossom ginseng? each one offered a different answer to their customer’s troubled tresses. who cares if they worked, how GOOD would my hair smell if i used some of these? but then i remembered why i was there in the first place and got my head back into the game.
i finally landed on the coconut milk shampoo and conditioner duo. with promises of “strength and elasticity”, “hydration and balance” awaiting my limp locks, i figured i’d continue on my coconut craze and picked up a bottle of both. after using the products in the shower the following evening, i noticed a huge difference when i went to blow-dry. holy volume, batman. no joke, my hair was so thick and va-va-voomy, i had a difficult time getting a brush through it. i think that might have been the work of the whipped egg white proteins but let’s pretend it was the coconut milk just for the sake of this post.
you know, i feel like coconut is a bit like cilantro, sushi, and green juice -either you LOVE it or you absolutely abhor it and gag at the thought. i’ve yet to meet a person who is simply “meh” about a pina colada. but maybe i haven’t interviewed enough people. anywho, i would have never guessed that i’d be finding myself kookoo for anything other than coco puffs (just kidding, i never liked cocoa puffs, i’m a cap’n crunch girl myself), but i’m a coconut convert, y’all. oil, butter, milk, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, shredded, flaked, whatever. i’m even looking into getting one of those coconut bras just to prove my new-found devotion for the island fruit. just kidding. unless you’re having a luau-themed birthday party this summer, then at least i’ll have some place to wear it to.
but i digress.
anyway, i thought it was enough to be crazy for kale and bananas for brussels sprouts. but apparently now i’m also kookoo for coconuts.
and probably just a little kookoo in general.