Hi Readers! Lauren here to talk about some essential cooking oils to incorporate into your cooking 🙂
When it comes to cooking oils, there are 4 that are staples in my home: Coconut, Grape-seed, Sesame, and Avocado. Our brains and bodies need “healthy fats”, omegas, essential nutrients, minerals, other nutritional benefits… And oils are a great way to acquire and incorporate these important building blocks of a truly healthy diet.
1. Raw Coconut Oil – Benefits include: maintaining cholesterol levels, increasing immunity in the body, proper digestion and metabolism (a key to healthy weight loss), increased energy, and antioxidants.
2. Grapeseed Oil – A great source of essential fatty acids, Vitamin E. It has also proven to be anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and even anti-histamine.
3. Sesame Oil (Toasted or Raw) – Antioxidant rich, helps aid in the lowering of blood pressure, and is an anti-inflammatory.
4. Avocado Oil – High concentrations of unsaturated fats and Vitamin E, anti-inflammatory, improves blood vessel integrity, promotes faster healing and better skin quality, and is a great moisturizer for the hair and skin.
You can incorporate all of these oils into dressings, marinades, stir-fries, or just use them for simple supplemental value. Coconut Oil is also commonly used in delicious smoothies and spreads. Be careful when heating these oils; The higher the heat, the more destruction to the nutritional profile of the oil you are using. I will be sharing recipes later on that will include these oils and the clever applications they can have in your every-day cooking, but we’ll save that for a later date!