Bulk Coconut Oil: How And Why To Sneak It Into Your Diet

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The great benefits of coconut oil in general are buzzing everywhere.  Haven’t heard?  Buying bulk coconut oil is the smartest thing to do and if you do it right, you can save money and possibly buy the purest form possible.  No judgment here though, we’re just talking about doing the best we can with what we’ve got, so I’m sharing the good, the better, and the best options and the secrets of how to sneak in this bulk coconut oil when you buy – so that your family can reap its benefits.

It’s much more than just something that tastes good and is easy to cook with. People who use coconut oil seem to have more energy and overall improved health. Coconut Oil has been shown to prevent heart disease, lower high blood pressure, boost your immune system, and even improve metabolism.  It’s even great for your skin as a moisturizer.  See what Dr. Axe says about it.

The good, the bad, and the ugly of buying bulk Coconut Oil

The fact that you are curious about adding coconut to your life is a step in the right direction.  Yay for you!  I’m a huge proponent of baby steps.  If you’ve still been using fake fats that have the words, “partially hydrogenated” on the label but you end up buying the cheapest type of un-organic coconut oil, I’m still gonna say, “Yay!”  No food cult sassiness around here, sister.

True story:  An old friend and I got tickled that I seem to have gone from being super-high-maintenance in every way to leaning slightly to the crunchy mama side of life.  After a quick analysis, we determined that I’m not ANYWHERE worthy of a crunchy title.  She decided that I’m just chewy – not too granola, but not mainstream.  Ha!  Anyhoo, here’s the 411 about the differences in the coconut oil types, brands, and prices so that you can decide what’s best for you and yours.  {Just so you know – chewy Mama here has been broke and buying the cheapest one lately}.


Good Coconut Oil

To buy the cheapest coconut oil, you’ll be choosing refined (the most processed) in a plastic container (experts say plastic and food don’t mix).  This is not from fresh coconuts and therefore, doesn’t taste like coconuts.  Ironically, I can’t stand the taste or smell of coconuts.  It doesn’t burn at high temps, and it’s cheap.

The bulk coconut oil size comes into play here because a small container would normally be around 34 cents an ounce but the larger you go (use subscribe and save for more savings), the cheaper per ounce is closer to 28 cents.  Got me?

Better Coconut Oil

The next step up in my opinion would be an unrefined oil in a glass jar.  If it’s virgin, that’s a bonus. Coconuts are so thick that pesticides aren’t as much of an issue but some still stress about it.  Sadly, that’s last on my list these days.  My favorite in-between brand would be Spectrum refined, bulk coconut oil in a glass jar.

Best Coconut Oil

The very best coconut juice as far as quality and purity is concerned is the unrefined, virgin stuff.  This is my fave!  In order to afford it, it’s your best bet to get bulk for sure and be done with it.  I have bought from this company in the past, and it is still my opinion that Tropical Traditions has the best quality and prices.  They are wonderful to work with as well.  Right now they have a Buy One, Get One Free Deal.  I read the free book that I got years ago with my first Tropical Traditions coconut oil order, but here’s a quick video that explains the same thing:

Now that you’ve decided to buy in bulk and get it on the way, how are you going to sneak it into your kitchen so that you and your family can benefit from it?  Let’s get busy with some ideas, shall we?

Cook with Coconut Oil

This is the most common way people consume coconut oil without even thinking about it.  I honestly prefer to cook with it over any other oil unless I need butter for special crispiness on a specific recipe.  Simply replace your other cooking oils (like canola, corn or vegetable oils) with virgin or refined coconut oil.  It’s a wonderful way to sauté meats and vegetables. The coconut taste doesn’t linger on your food so you shouldn’t taste any difference.

Add Coconut Oil to Smoothies

This is a great way to get your daily dose of coconut oil. The taste is easily hidden by the other flavors in your drink.  Just be sure to warm the oil so it liquefies and add it slowly while your smoothie is being blended. You can warm your coconut oil under warm water until it barely melts so that it doesn’t clump when added to a cold drink.  If it’s above 65-70 degrees in your home, it’s already liquid.


Make Homemade Condiments with Coconut Oil

Try making homemade mayonnaise. You just need to mix coconut oil in with egg yolks, lemon juice, mustard, salt, and olive oil to create fresh coconut oil-based mayonnaise.  Simply replace the oil in your homemade mayonnaise recipe and notice the difference.  In the process you’ll get a great dose of healthy fats without artificial additives and ingredients.

Add Coconut Oil to Your Coffee or Tea

Just melt 1 Tablespoon of coconut oil and mix it into your morning coffee.  If you add the coconut oil to your cup first, then pour the coffee over, it usually melts and mixes better.  If all else fails and you are really brave (I’m not – the texture would get me), you can simply warm it and drink it down by itself!

Make Coconut Popcorn & Other Snacks

Coconut oil is great for popping popcorn.  You can also replace vegetable oil in baked goods or melt it and mix it with granola or oatmeal. When you bake, it is a 1:1 ratio so you don’t have to make any adjustments, and neither do your taste buds. Most people say that food even tastes “better!”

Coconut Oil Popcorn
  • 2 Tables spoons coconut oil
  • 3 popcorn kernals and then 1/3 cup popcorn kernals
  • sea salt
  1. Melt 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil in a saucepan over medium heat. When melted, add 3 popcorn kernals and cover. When those 3 kernals pop, immediately pour 1/3 cup of popcorn kernals into pot. Stay close to occasionally move pot around to prevent burning while popcorn pops. When the popping slows to 3 seconds between pops, pour popcorn into bowl and dust with sea salt.

Ultimately, the consensus is to strive to get at least 2 Tablespoons per day into your diet to get all the great health benefits.  What do you think?  I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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Published on HuffPost, Okefenokee Living Magazine, and more, Shan is a Family Travel Journalist with a passion for helping women lose the overwhelm of planning family-friendly trips in the south. She shares travel reviews & insider secrets that Women REALLY want to know about Georgia, Florida, & the Carolinas vacations.

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  1. Francesca - From Pennies to Pounds
    June 12, 2016 / 5:34 pm

    I keep hearing about coconut oil for being a great beauty product, I saw some the other day in a shop and considered buying it. I think I will definitely go buy some 🙂

    • Shan
      June 12, 2016 / 5:39 pm

      Thanks Francesca for sharing! It truly is wonderful. It has great qualities for sure.


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