Thursday, July 05, 2012

Greatness of Coconut Oil & Giveaway

I only learned about coconut oil a few years ago, when I started my journey towards eating whole foods.  I wish I would have known about coconut oil a long time ago because it is AMAZING!

Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and will turn into a liquid around 78 degrees Fahrenheit.  So when you purchase coconut oil don't worry that it is not in a liquid form.  Coconut oil can be heated (to a point) without harming the nutritional value of the oil.  It does have a smoke point, but it is much higher then other common cooking oils. So this makes it a great oil to use in cooking and baking! 

If you look for coconut oil online or in the store you will find there are several different options which can be rather confusing.  Here is a post that explains the differences in the options available. 

There are so many uses for coconut oil. You can cook and bake with it as well as use it in the bathroom. Yes, in the bathroom. It is a great moisturizer and can be used in many homemade beauty products. I use it as both my body and facial moisturizer. A little goes A.LONG.WAY so it is a very cost effective beauty product. I will talk more about including coconut oil in your beauty regime in a post next week.

Today I will be sharing with you a fabulous & easy recipe using Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil. Since we have been on a very restricted diet this past month we have not been able to eat potato chips and I have missed having something crunchy and salty to eat. Well I found a great substitute--Baked Sweet Potato Chips!

First, you want to soak your sweet potato in produce wash and scrub it to remove the dirt.  Next, thinly slice the sweet potato trying to make them all the same size slices.  I use a mandoline to make the job easier!

Melt 2 TBSP Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil on the stove over low heat. I use a little fun pot made for melting butter which has a pour spout on it.

Let the oil cool a little while you mix the spices together.  Add the oil to the spices.  Then pour the oil/spice mixture over the sliced potatoes and mix to coat the potatoes.

Spread the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Bake potatoes in 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.  Then flip the potatoes over and bake for another 10-15 minutes.  Make sure to watch the potatoes once you flip them. Baking times will vary depending on your oven.  Just bake them until they are golden brown.

Try one as soon as you pull them out of the oven.  You can't eat just one!

Print Recipe Here.

Are you ready to learn about the giveaway???  Well keep reading! 

Gold Label Tropical Traditions Virgin Coconut Oil is the best coconut oil I have tried.  I have tried several brands and Tropical Traditions definitely takes the Gold (no pun intended)! 

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.

Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil?

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the  advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

Details for giveaway:
I am using Rafflecopter for this giveaway and it is my first time trying it, so hopefully it goes smoothly. If you have any issues please let me know.

There is one mandatory entry to win a quart size Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil: sign up for Tropical Traditions email newsletter.  You can click here to sign up or there is a link in the rafflecopter to sign up.  Once you have completed the mandatory entry there will be other options for more entries!

Giveaway will run through midnight on Thursday July 19.  Winner will be announced Friday July 20.  See below for Rafflecopter and good luck! 

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose.  Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.

Til' next time,


  1. Awesome post lady! Maybe I could get you a sample of an oil or two for you to check out ;-)

  2. Ohhh, those baked sweet potato chips sound sooo good! You know how I like chips and how I like sweet taters! Can't wait to be home and give these a try! Great post Andrea! I'm not sure I can follow all the rules to sign up for the giveaway - so...good luck to everybody else!

  3. The based sweet potato chips do sound wonderful. I use coconut oil for everything from cooking to beauty. It is a wonderful way to tame frizz in the summer.

  4. I would love to hear more about your journey as I am learning myself!

  5. Love the sweet potatoe chips!
    We tried them in the microwave for about 6-9 minutes, came out very crispy!
    Next time I will try them in the oven.:)

  6. What are some of your other favorite healthy recipes?

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  7. This looks like a terrific recipe! One that I definitely want to try as I love sweet potatoes in any form! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Do you use the Gold Coconut Oil for skin care? In what ways?

  9. Where did you buy that tiny pot? :D

    Thank You!

  10. What kinds of recipes do you use coconut oil in? I use it cornbread, but would like to have other ideas.

  11. Ohhh, I love cooking sweet potatoes like this!


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