When Miranda Kerr credited her beauty to a diet rich in coconut oil back in 2011, jars of the tropical-smelling stuff flew off the shelves. After all, if a Victoria’s Secret supermodel married to Orlando Bloom gives you any sort of insight into her success, you listen and follow suit.
But coconut oil didn’t become a part of my life until a beauty-guru friend got me to switch out my usual nighttime moisturizer and lotions for straight-up coconut oil. Then she let me in on another mind-blowing coconut oil use: green tea.
For the ultimate energy boost, she shared, put a teaspoon of coconut oil in your green tea. I tried not to gag at the thought of oily tea, but an easy energy boost is something I just can’t pass up.
Here’s the recipe:
Coconutty Green Tea
1 organic green tea bag
1 teaspoon coconut oil (I used Kelapo Extra Virgin Coconut Oil)
Pour hot water into a mug with the tea bag and let it steep for a minute or so. While the water’s still piping hot, add a teaspoon of coconut oil and stir until it melts into the green tea.
I have to say, as someone who dislikes coconut, I couldn’t taste it at all in this tea. It wasn’t as oily as I thought it’d be, though it did provide some nice moisture for my lips. Survey says: definitely drinkable. And I don’t know if it’s the green tea or the added coconut oil, but I feel damn ready to charge through the day.
“It gives it a more dynamic flavor. There’s something to it.”
“It’s kind of like drinking Chapstick.”
“It feels like it’s moisturizing my lips!”
I still haven’t gotten into coconut oil pulling yet, but I can get behind this coconutty green tea. Of course, since it does contain oil that’s high in saturated fat, I won’t be sipping on this all day. But as a one-time morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up, it’ll do nicely.