The All-In-One Product You Didn't Know You Needed

The All-In-One Product You Didn't Know You Needed

You're gonna go (coco)nuts over this miracle oil!

Chances are if you haven't heard all the hype about coconut oil, you have at least walked through your local grocery store and seen a jar similar to the one above on the shelves. What is coconut oil? It is the an edible oil that is extracted from the meat of coconuts. No, that doesn't mean you're supposed to buy a jar of this and eat it like peanut butter, but you could! (Pro tip: It's actually really good on toast!) Not only is this an edible oil that has a million and one uses when cooking and baking, it can also be used to cure everything from dry skin to stomach ulcers while simultaneously being utilized to shine your dullest metal surfaces. Still not (coco)nuts about adding coconut oil to your pantry? Check out some of these awesome uses for this miracle oil that might be able to solve all of your life's problems.

I guess I'll start with what everyone really cares about: the food. Before you freak out and think that this will make all of your food taste like coconut, let me ease your mind by saying that it only adds a very mild coconut flavor. In fact, most people can't even taste the difference between this and other cooking oils. In the kitchen, simply substitute coconut oil where you would normally use olive oil or butter. Use coconut oil to sauté your favorite stir-fry, step up your baking game and use it as a healthy replacement for butter, grease your pans and trays with coconut oil while baking, or use it to make a delicious salad dressing. If you're really adventurous, try making your own nut butters, making homemade mayonnaise, or whipping up some healthy granola.

In addition to stepping up your chef game, coconut oil can be used in a plethora of ways to improve health and wellness. Throat feeling a bit scratchy? Swallowing a dollop of coconut oil or adding a spoonful to your tea helps to ease a sore throat. Ran out of Band-Aids? Try covering your cut or scrap with a thin layer of coconut oil to protect your wound from bacteria and dust. Additionally, WebMD reports that coconut oil has some astounding heath benefits! Some of these benefits include the ability to lower cholesterol, improve your immune system, increase energy levels, help treat stomach ulcers, and boost your immune system.

If you aren't already impressed, coconut oil can also improve your beauty and grooming routine. You can use it as a shaving cream, skin moisturizer, and hair conditioner. Also, try combining it with baking soda to for a DIY teeth whitener, or make an all-natural sugar body scrub by following this recipe. Have all your beauty and grooming needs covered? This miracle oil isn't done trying to win you over. It can also be used to help restore leather to its original shine, fix squeaky hinges, wipe away shower scum, get rid of gum residue, and clean metal surfaces.

If you're (coco)nutty brain isn't already spinning with enough information, check out the Greatist's article to learn more about some of the uses I mentioned here and discover even more awesome ways to incorporate coconut oil into your life. With so many uses, coconut oil is one of my pantry essentials. At only around $7 for a 14-ounce jar, this all-in-one product is also super affordable. One more tip: When purchasing coconut oil, be sure to look for the jars marked as "virgin" or "unrefined." Refined coconut oil has typically been bleached or deodorized and may contain added chemicals.

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12 Symptoms You Get When You're Addicted To Chick-Fil-A

It is your one true love.

Chick-fil-A, I love you.

Truett Cathy, I owe you my life.

If you love Chick-fil-A, you truly have withdrawals when you're away from it. You may suffer from these symptoms, just like I do.

1. No other breakfast will compare to CFA's.

2. No other fast food joint has hash brown's like CFA's.

3. When you go on vacation, you type in Chick-fil-A to see if there is one nearby.

4. If there isn't, you eat it as soon, I am talking, like, the second, you get back from vacation.

5. You truly don't understand how people "get tired of Chick-fil-A"

6. Besides the occasional change up on Sunday's, CFA is always your number choice of fast food.

7. You legitimately crave it more on Sunday's.

8. Nothing on the menu seems gross to you.

9. Yet, you seem to get the same thing every time you go.

10. Their ice cream is literally the b o m b.

11. You defend CFA to any and every hater.

12. CFA is probably your actual one true love.

SEE ALSO: The Top 10 Struggles Of Every Chick-Fil-A Employee

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4 Breakfast Spots Near The University of Kentucky That Will Actually Get You Out Of Bed In The Morning

These places will satisfy all of your breakfast cravings.


If you're a breakfast foodie like I am, you know that is an absolute priority to find the most popular breakfast spots despite the city you may be in. You don't want to visit the touristy and basic restaurants that everyone else goes to, but instead, you are determined to uncover the locations that are the best of the best. Most foodies will go to great lengths to discover these places. As a University of Kentucky student and major foodie, I have searched all over Lexington to find my favorite places to visit on Saturday and Sunday mornings. This took my entire first semester and many trips to the ATM, but today, I am now blessed to say that I am a regular at all 4 of these incredible breakfast spots.

1. The Great Bagel

The Great Bagel is one of my all-time favorite restaurants to visit on Sunday mornings. The restaurant offers a variety of bagel sandwiches and freshly squeezed orange juice, and it makes for the perfect early morning start to a day filled with homework or relaxation.

2. Chocolate Holler

Though not a true restaurant, Chocolate Holler is one of the most popular coffee shops near the University of Kentucky. Because it is only a 3-minute drive from campus, Chocolate Holler is always buzzing with UK students who come to socialize or study. The coffee shop is most well known for its chocolaty drinks and the music is great there, too!

3. Stir Krazy

Stir Krazy is a local smoothie bar down the street that serves protein shakes, smoothies, and tea. Though It only consists of these three beverages, the shakes at Stir Krazy are enough to fill you up for breakfast or lunch. Each shake or smoothies range from 200 to 250 calories and serves as the perfect energizer before a workout or a filling recovery drink after a workout.

4. La Madeleine

La Madeleine is a French breakfast and lunch cafe conveniently located on campus (and only a 30-second walk from my dorm). Their breakfast is served all day long and their croissants are to die for. I highly recommend building your own omelet for the most fulfilling experience. Not to mention, their iced caramel macchiatos are a great refresher on the side.

No matter which city, state, or country I am currently in, I make it my mission to eat as a local would. In Lexington, Kentucky, these four breakfast spots are guaranteed provide you with a plethora of different types of food to get you through even the worst cases of morning hunger. Though these places are my current favorites, I am now looking forward to containing the search for more breakfast restaurants, cafes, and juice bars throughout my next four years in this city.

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