We caught up with Megan, the Healthy Grocery Girl, to talk about her new book, Superfoods for Life, Coconut!
Coconut Bliss: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your new book.
Megan: I am a Registered Dietitian, the founder of healthygrocerygirl.com, producer and host of the weekly online “Healthy Grocery Girl Show”, a nutrition expert for TV and Magazines as well as an author. “Superfoods for Life, Coconut” is my first published book, and it explains the many wonderful health benefits of coconut and includes 75 recipes.
CB: What makes coconut such as great superfood?
Megan: Coconut is a misunderstood superfood, and I want to help bring truth into the world about coconut’s great health benefits. Coconut is rich in a nutrient known as “Lauric Acid” which helps boost the immune system and is super antibacterial, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Coconut can also help you feel full longer, reduce your appetite and help you lose or manage weight naturally. Coconut is also a fantastic beauty staple! I use coconut oil as my face moisturizer and body lotion.
You’ll find so many more reasons why coconut is great for our health in my book.
CB: In your book you share an amazing Coconut Cacao Truffle recipe which you recommend goes great with any of our Coconut Bliss flavors. Do you have a favorite Luna & Larry’s Coconut Bliss flavor?
Megan: Naked Coconut is the flavor I eat the most often, so this is probably my favorite flavor! I like to get creative with added toppings like fresh blueberries, walnuts and dark cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips. However all flavors are truly amazing! The dark chocolate bars are fantastic too.
CB: In your new book, you are careful to recommend certain brands and products. How does Coconut Bliss meet your requirements?
Megan: In a perfect world we would eat completely from nature. But in reality we are busy and most of us shop at the grocery store, which means a combination of produce and packaged foods. Many nutrition experts will tell you to stay away from the aisles of the grocery because that’s where all the “unhealthy” foods are. I think differently! While a bulk of our diet should come from produce, there are many wonderful and healthy options in the aisles if you know what to look for, what label certifications are important and what brands to trust.
As a Registered Dietitian and the Healthy Grocery Girl, brands that get my stamp of approval are USDA Organic, made without genetically modified organisms, use real and whole food ingredients and taste amazing. It’s also important that the companies behind the brands truly believe in providing quality products and ingredients and care about the health of consumers, as well as the health of our environment.
CB: Why is a plant-based, whole-foods diet important to you? Why is it important for our planet in its current state of evolution?
Megan: Eating a whole foods, plant-based diet is the best approach to prevent, manage and even reverse some diseases. Eating plant-based is the most nutrient dense, affordable, nourishing, and kind way to eat for both our body and our environment. Organic meat, dairy and cheeses are the most expensive items you can buy! So if you’re looking to reduce your grocery bill, stock up on more plant-based items.
Plant-based foods are also less inflammatory on the body in comparison to animal products, which commonly raise acidity and inflammation within the body. A diet rich in alkaline foods is key for optimal health.
Many research studies say that individuals who eat a vegetarian, vegan or plant-based diet have lower risks of diseases and live longer.
My book does have a few recipes that include chicken and fish, however most of the recipes you will find are completely plant-based.
Eating plant-based also has less of a carbon footprint on the earth than eating animal based foods. According to a report by the Environmental Working Group, animal products produce the highest amount of greenhouse gases compared to plant-based foods.