Last year, if you’d have said coconut to me, I would have thought Bounty, at Christmas, or trying to hit one off a stand at a summer fete, or maybe my favourite Cocoa Butter Hand Cream. Today, today is much different. Over the last year or so, coconut is being used in products you would have never imagined. I never thought I’d be drinking a coconut tea in the morning anyway. Holland and Barrett* have challenged me to go nuts with coconut and see how many different ways I could incorporate it into my daily routine. Which I can tell you now, was A LOT of ways.
I started the morning with a Cuppanut tea, I was very optimistic, but it worked. It was so refreshing but would probably work better as a mid morning tea or an afternoon pick me up. I’m set in my ways of a Green Tea first thing. I’d love to try some of the other flavours Cuppanut have to offer. Next was a coconut capsule, they state you can take four a day but I only had one in the morning and one in the evening before going to bed. I’m not sure what they’re meant to do, but it’s worth a try right?
I tried the Meridian Coconut and Almond Butter on toast for breakfast but ended up letting Sam carry out this step for me. I’ve never liked Peanut Butter and unfortunately this one didn’t change my mind. Sam enjoyed it though. The same with the coconut water, I like the flavoured ones but I can’t quite stomach the plain ones. One I love is the Vita Coco Pineapple flavour.
The Merchant Coco Coconut Chips and the Propercorn Vanilla and Coconut Popcorn made perfect mid afternoon snacks, the popcorn especially. I could have eaten this all afternoon (although my waistline would have hated me for it). I made a vegetable korma for dinner and used a spoonful of Coconut Oil over my rice and within the korma sauce. It gave it such a lovely flavour and I can’t believe I’ve waited this long to use it in cooking. I’m going to make sure I do lots more of it now. I also used a little of the Coconut Oil on Milo’s coat which gave it a nice shine. There really is hundreds of ways to use it.
The last way I used coconut was in my evening pamper routine. I used the Dr. Organics Virgin Coconut Oil Shampoo and Conditioner to wash my hair and my god did the bathroom smell amazing afterwards. My hair has dried so sleek, soft and shiny too, so I’m impressed after the first use. I can’t wait to use this again.
The last step in my pamper routine, and the last use of coconut for the day was Cocowhite Teeth Whitening. These are little sachets of flavoured coconut oil that you swish around your mouth for up to 15 minutes, I’ve taken before photos and I’m going to do the entire 14 day course so I’ll be able to tell you what I thought shortly.
So there we have it, there’s 10 ways to incorporate coconut into your daily routine and I bet there’s many many more I haven’t even thought about. I’m looking forward to continuing with the teeth whitening, using the shampoo/conditioner again and strangely my cup of coconut tea. Who’d have thought it?
Each and every item here is available at www.hollandandbarrett.com.
Do you use coconut within your daily routine? I’d love to hear how.