Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil Review and Giveaway

For the past few weeks, I've seen a strong online presence from Tropical Traditions, but didn't think too much about coconut oil until I went to a mini-seminar given by a nutritionist. It was then that the light bulb went off, and I realized the benefits of coconut oil.
I've never used coconut oil until I received this product to review -- I've grown up and embraced the idea the idea that vegetable and canola oils are healthy options. Little did I know that these processed oils are actually overly heated and processed so much that the oil became rancid and full of harmful free radicals. The best options for oils are ones that are cold-pressed (not overly heated) and/or organic, like coconut oil. You can read more about my thoughts and others' comments on coconut oil in my Thoughtful Living Tuesday post.

But the thought of stir-frying with Coconut oil did sound a little strange to me. I had to wait a week to research whether there'd be a distinct coconutty taste and muster up the courage to try it! And a friend reassured me (she's a fan of coconut oil.) that it has cooking versatility. And she's right!

I opened up my jar of Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil, and I did smell the the white, solidification of oil -- it smelled conutty. (By the way, the solidification is normal because coconut oil is only liquid over 76 degrees, I believe; you can scoop some out into a smaller jar and place that in a bowl of warm water to get the oil back to liquid form.) Since I was just stir-frying, I decided against warming the oil back to liquid form and just scooped a small amount out into my pan, and as it became liquid, it smelled conutty -- and I got nervous. But I placed my chicken in and added my veggies, and in the end, my stir-fry tasted the same as always -- NO coconut smell or taste. I believe that is in part to having a good quality coconut oil.

Tropical Traditions seems to be an amazing company, producing their coconut oil the traditional way, with many local Filipino farmers preparing the oil -- and if you look carefully at the blog and get to know the Brian and his wife Marianita,the story of Tropical Traditions becomes even more fascinating, at least it did for me! Tropical Traditions also sells a myriad of products, from natural soaps to grass-fed bison! I'm looking forward to trying more!

BUY IT!!
You can purchase a quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil for $37.50. (Tropical Traditions often runs specials, which they advertise through their sales email; right now you can get it for $27.50.) Right now, you'll also be able to receive a FREE copy of the book Virgin Coconut Oil, from the Referral program! Choose “Referred by a Friend” and enter User ID: 6608836 on their first online order, and the book will be automatically added to your order. If you need assistance, contact Customer Service.

WIN IT!!
Tropical Traditions is giving away a quart of Virgin Coconut Oil! This is open to U.S. and Canada.
To enter, you must comment on why you like or are intrigued by coconut oil. This is required and must be done before the extra entries count! PLEASE leave your email address with your entry.

EXTRA ENTRIES!
You can do any of these things for an extra entry. Make sure to leave a separate comment for EACH thing you do along with you email address.

1- For ONE extra entry, Follow me via Google Friend Connect.

2- For ONE extra entry, Follow me on twitter and tweet about this giveaway.

3 - For ONE extra entry, Follow Tropical Traditions on Twitter.

4 - For ONE extra entry, Like Tropical Traditions on Facebook.

5 - For ONE extra entry, Post my blog's button and tell me where to find it.

6 - For ONE extra entry, visit the Coconut Recipe Blog and tell me your favorite recipe!

7 - For TWO extra entries, Subscribe to my blog via email.

8 - For TWO extra entries, Like Discovering the Me in Mommy on Facebook.

9 - For THREE extra entries, Vote for Baby G - just one click!

10- For THREE extra entries, Subscribe to Tropical Traditions' Newsletter.

Contest ends at 10pm EST on Sunday, November 28, 2010 when I will draw a winner at random. PLEASE leave your email address in your entry. I will notify the winner, and s/he will have 36 hours to respond!


****This is not a paid post. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Tropical Traditions who supplied the products for the review and giveaway!****

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  1. I like it because it is much healthier.
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  12. I want to try cooking with coconut oil, as well as seeing if it really does have all those skin benefits I've been hearing about! :)

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  16. I too had no idea how bad canola was for me. I'd like to try coconut oil to give my boys a healthy start

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  18. Ive been intrigied by Coconut Oil ever since it starting poping up in healthy living blogs. I researched the benefits, like you, and found that it is so much more beneficial than other oils out there! I've been looking for a jar myself, but just can't afford it at the moment.
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  20. I am intrigued with coconut oil because it is so versatile. It can be used to make soap and it can be used to cook with. I think it's one of the healthier oils, even though it's a fat.
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  25. I love coconut oil because it has so many uses and so many benefits and I also love the flavor of coconut. I wish it wasn't so expensive and I would use it all the time. I love it.,
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  40. I am intrigued by coconut oil because of the health properties.
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  56. Love this oil. Have used it in cooking as well as on my skin. Great stuff!
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  57. I like coconut oil for it's flavor and for the health benefits.

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  62. So many of their recipes look good. :) I'd like to try Virgin Coconut Oil Coleslaw.

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  63. I love the health benefits of coconut oil... thanks! ogazaway@wnrockets.com

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  64. Coconut oil makes your hair soft. It also serves as a great skin moisturizer.

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  71. My favorite recipe is the Paprika Coconut Chicken.
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  82. I love the way it tastes and its health benefits

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  84. I want to find another oil to use besides Olive Oil and this one sounds so yummy!
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  97. The fact that it is considered a healthier oil is intriguing to me. In the past years I've instituted little changes in our diet to make it healthier. We eat whole grains and lean meats 90% of the time. I've made sure to buy fruits that are on the dirty dozen pesticide free.

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  98. I love coconut and the coconut oil is suppossed to be better for you.

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  99. I would like to try it because it is much healthier.
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  100. I am intrigued b/c I LOVE coconut anything-smell, taste!!! I also won a blog to try and it never came in the mail.

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  109. I've heard so many good things about coconut oil! There are so many different things I want to try...I would love to try some recipes with coconut oil.

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  110. I'm intrigued about how it's healthier and promotes weight loss because it's healthier than the other oils. I would like to use it for my hair. I use EVOO once in a while

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  114. banana coconut shake from receipe website sounds yummy!

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  115. I have been hearing the health benefits of coconut oil and I like the way Tropical Traditions makes it.
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  116. My favorite recipe is the one for Rhubarb Strawberry pie with coconut oil pie crust.
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  117. I like coconut oil for how well it works in everything from pie crust, cookies, breads, on popcorn and more. I love the smell too! I have been wanting to try it for my skin, hair and deoderant but haven't done that yet.

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  118. I like the coconut macaroon recipe on the recipe blog.

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