Happy Hump Day! It has been a while since I linked up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday, so I thought I would join in with today’s eats (since I’ve already posted some of things I’ve eaten the past few days).

Peas and Crayons

Breakfast was No Oat Oatmeal with some chopped spinach added and topped with almond butter. This seems to be Keenan’s and my new “usual’ breakfast around here, though I’m still trying hard to mix things up and break out of my routine here and there. I also enjoyed my morning latte with almond milk, which tasted even better today (I think it is growing on me!).

Such a satisfying breakfast!

Such a satisfying breakfast!

Since I did my ALL-time-favorite thing today (not really!)–clean house–my mom came over to play with Keenan so I could get everything done much faster without having my little “cleaning helper” wipe lemon oil on everything but the wood. It helped a lot, since I managed to finish the whole house before heading to CrossFit, and Keenan had a wonderful time playing with Nonna.

For lunch, I made a nice big pear and walnut salad with chicken for all of us. I used a mix of champagne and balsamic vinegar with olive oil for the vinaigrette. I usually add feta cheese, but it was still tasty!

One of my favorite salads!

One of my favorite salads!

Tonight, we are going to enjoy a nice big bowl of “pasta”: spaghetti squash topped with my pasta sauce. I just wish we could add some Parmesan or Pecorino cheese to it!

Now, onto Tropical Traditions!

The generous folks at Tropical Traditions reached out to me last month and sent a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil. It was perfect timing, as I have been wanting to experiment more with coconut, since it has so many wonderful nutritional benefits! Coconut contains healthy saturated fat, fiber, vitamins C and B, potassium, calcium, magnesium and iron. It is a great addition to anyone’s way of eating.

Tropical Traditions is a family-run business co-founded by Brian and Marianita Shilhavy, who helped to ignite the coconut revolution. They moved back to the Philippines in 1998 with their family and renovated Marianita’s family’s old farmhouse. They found that the homemade coconut oil was the only oil that the older generation consumed, who were still active and farming. This led them to make coconut oil themselves and sell it on the internet in 2000. At that point, the coconut revolution began.

Since I made (attempted to make) a new Paleo pancake recipe yesterday, I added Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil into the batter, along with using it to oil the pans before cooking them. When I first opened the jar, the aroma of coconut brought me back to the tropics! In fact, after mt husband smelled it, he immediately said, “Wow, that is the real deal!” Also, I have to say Tropical Tradition’s oil was softer than other ones that I have used (making it much easier to scoop out). Other coconut oils have been so hard and crumbly, that I felt like I was digging for gold to get them out. Tropical Traditions oil melted and cooked nicely, adding the richness of coconut, along with a hint of the flavor to our pancakes. I was very impressed! In addition, I was surprised at how light the oil was once it was melted. It wasn’t thick and syrupy when adding it to the pan, nor did it add a heaviness to our pancakes. I look forward to baking with it, using it in cookies and muffins, since the oil is so light.

Tropical Traditions Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil

So much easier to scoop out than other brands of coconut oil.

All in all, if you are looking to try coconut oil, I highly recommend Tropical Traditions. I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Since Tropical Traditions was so generous, they offered to send one lucky reader a jar of their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil, too! Before I talk about the giveaway, here is some info from them:

Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 32 oz.Win 1 quart of Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil!

Tropical Traditions is America’s source for coconut oil. Their Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil is hand crafted in small batches by family producers, and it is the highest quality coconut oil they offer. You can read more about how virgin coconut oil is different from other coconut oils on their website: What is Virgin Coconut Oil? You can also watch the video they produced about Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil here.

Tropical Traditions also carries other varieties of affordable high quality coconut oil. Visit their website to check on current sales, to learn about the many uses of coconut oil, and to read about all the advantages of buying coconut oil online. Since the FDA does not want us to discuss the health benefits of coconut oil on a page where it is being sold or given away, here is the best website to read about the health benefits of coconut oil.

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*Giveaway ends next Wednesday, January 16th at midnight PST! Good luck!

Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.