Look your best with this easy and delicious fat burning start to your day!
Are you looking for a phenomenally tasty way to wake up in the morning? Look no further than this easy to prepare, oh so moorish granola recipe that will have you in your best shape in no time.
So, how does a bowl of nuts and seeds burn fat? Let me explain.
Coconut oil is natures natural thermogenic!
What comes to mind when you see the word "thermogenic?" Heat, probably, since the word itself means "heat generating." Or maybe you think of a stimulant supplement like caffeine which is known to speed up your metabolism and increase energy expenditure. Maybe you're taking one of these right now, in the hopes of slimming down. But One thing you probably don't think of is a coconut—and especially the oil extracted from its flesh.
Coconut oil is shaping up to be one of the world's premier natural thermogenic agents.
Medium-chain fatty acids (MCT's) like those found in virgin coconut oil are not used by the body like fats, but rather like carbohydrates. This means that MCT's do not circulate freely in the blood or get stored away to add to bodyweight. Instead, they are sent to the liver, where they are immediately converted to energy.
That means the fats in coconut oil are not stored as fat but directly used up to generate energy, which speeds your metabolism. A number of studies have confirmed this unique characteristic of coconut oil. In one study, MCT's such as the ones found in coconut oil were found to increase metabolism by between 48 and 65 percent in obese patients. This thermogenic effect also lasted 24 hours after ingesting medium-chain fatty acids. Experts agree that on average, medium-chain fatty acids triple the rate of metabolism as compared to long-chain fatty acids. This means that medium-chain fatty acids aren't only a healthy energy source, they also help burn off stored fat.
Solely on account of its potentially profound effects on body weight, coconut oil should quickly become a staple in your home. So now there is no longer an excuse to indulge in all of my recipes I share with you! Pretty much all of them celebrate Coconut Oil in some way or another! Including this granola, packed full of healthy fats and baked in coconut oil, it will have you ripped and smiling!
- 1 cup macadamias, roughly chopped
- 1 cup pecans, roughly chopped
- 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
- 1/2 cup pepitas
- 1/2 cup cacao nibs
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 or 2 TBS maple syrup
- 1 TBS cinnamon
- 1 TBS pure vanilla bean extract
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees and line a large tray with baking paper.
- In a bowl, mix the macadamias, pecans, shredded coconut, pepitas and cacao nibs.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the coconut oil, maple, cinnamon and vanilla bean extract and create the dressing. Once well combined drizzle over and mix throughout the nuts thoroughly.
- Place your nuts on the prepared baking tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, giving them a toss and rotate half way.
- Remove from the oven, allow them to cool and serve with coconut yogurt and fresh berries.
Worried about heating coconut oil in the below recipe when baking the granola? Because coconut oil is stable at high temperatures, it is perfectly suited for cooking methods such as frying, in addition to lower-temperature cooking such as baking. The stability of the oil is also the reason why it is very slow to oxidize and go bad. The high saturated fat content of coconut oil is what makes it stable, aside from providing its most prominent health benefits.