Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil – Is Coconut Oil Healthy Or Not?

Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil

Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil – Is Coconut Oil Healthy Or Not?

Well? IS Coconut Oil healthy or not? We’re hearing conflicting messages. Maybe it’s time to go to the source to see what’s true and what may not be so much.
This is such an important learning time as this could affect so many in so many good…or bad…ways, depending on who you believe or what you choose to do.
If you are concerned about your overall health, deal with high cholesterol, are concerned about heart disease or have been told you may be at risk for heart disease, are overweight and want to lose weight, are striving to cook healthier foods, or find yourself simply just confused about what some of today’s so-called health organizations are telling you to do, or NOT do, regarding coconut oil, please read this article (link below) from Trim Healthy Mama founders Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison.
Pearl and Serene’s “take” on things is from a CHRISTIAN point of view and includes Biblical perspectives as both Pearl and Serene are not only well versed in health and medical research but are strong in their faith and draw their wisdom from Biblical principles as well as Scriptural teachings.
Finding The Truth About Coconut Oil

Is Coconut Oil Bad For You?

While Pearl and Serene’s insight into coconut oil as a healthy food vs. danger is extraordinary, there is more to learn here in their insight.  There is a teaching opportunity, a learning opportunity… a teaching “moment” as my husband and I used to call many real time events during our many home schooling years.  
 The teaching opportunity (or teaching moment) here comes not just about how to tackle high cholesterol, battle diabetics, or even just discover new healthy habits, although we should learn all we can in those areas!.
We can, and SHOULD, learn so much more in this “moment”.   It’s there.  Want to know what it is? 
I believe the most important teachable moment here could very well be the confusion surrounding coconut oil use and our ability to see and understand how information is sometimes given and even sometimes manipulated in ways you might never have imagined.
We are sometimes given (naively) incorrect or outdated information. Sometimes though, we simply get a corporate message.
Listen friends, God won’t give you a manipulated narrative, and HE is not into our bodies for His financial gain.
While the teachable moment here, right now, is this most recent AHA announcement, the learning opportunity here is to learn to depend upon the Lord’s provisions, love, and guidance… and NOT mans’ notions, ventures, or schemes. 
See what Serene and Pearl have to share about coconut oil, and consider how the Lord Almighty Himself may have had a part in what they have to say.
After you have put some time and thought into the article here (below), I would like to hear your thoughts.  
Here are a few questions that might arise as you consider what Pearl and Serene wrote. 
  • What do you think about the American Heart Association coconut oil recommendations?
  • Do YOU believe the American Heart Association (AHA) narrative that coconut oil is bad for you and canola oil is a better option when cooking with oil?  
  • Do you adhere to a low fat diet, and how is that working out for you if you are?  
  • What are YOU doing for YOUR high cholesterol count, and is it working or not?  
  • How do you feel about public health organizations providing research and medical or health recommendations based on paid and/or sponsored studies?  
  • What are the health benefits of coconut oil you have experienced or have heard about, if any, that most appeal to you?   
  • What insight most struck you from the Trim and Healthy Mama article on coconut oil?  
  • Did God bring any thoughts to your mind as you read what Pearl and Serene shared about the AHA study on coconut oil? 
  • What Scripture, if any, can you find which helps in your own decision as to whether or not to use coconut oil in cooking and/or for other basic needs?  
Oh, those are maybe just a few of the many thoughts you may have had after reading Pearl and Serene’s article on coconut oil.  You may have had others!  Whatever thoughts that flood your mind after getting this info though, make the most of it and learn a lesson…. or two…. and please feel free to share with us here if you like.
Here is Trim Healthy Mama’s response to the idea of whether or not coconut oil is good or bad for you… and WHY.  Read it below.   PLEASE……..  READ…….  
Coconut Oil Article by Trim Healthy Mama

Please read this article on coconut oil below!

Coconut Oil… So, Now It’s Bad?!?!?
By Serene Allison & Pearl Barrett
Wishing you well.  
In Christ,
Chris Stevens
The New American Home With Chris Stevens 
The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.  Psalm 145:15-16 New International Version (NIV)

Love Grown Cereal Review – I Ate Beans For Breakfast Today!

Love Grown Cereal Review Collage 2

I was at a new Natural Grocers Store in Fort Worth, Texas yesterday, and what did I find but a cereal made with beans. I wondered. I bought. I ate. Now I give a review of Love Grown Cereal.

If you are like me, totally naive about cereal made from beans, you may be a little surprised (as was I) to see such a product.  I had never seen such a thing before which is probably WHY I purchased the box of Love Grown Polar Puffs cereal which I did.  OK… that AND the fact that the store had an overstock and marked some of the boxes down to move them out quickly.  

I’m a sucker for beans, and I’m really a sucker for saving money!  

I really wasn’t sure what to think when I purchased the box, but I was hopeful.  I had great success in the past when I first saw and tried Beanitos Bean Snacks (low glycemic, some vegan, all vegetarian and all non-GMO gluten free snacks made with beans).  I loved the Beanitos Black Bean Chips in particular… (but I also loved them all)… so seeing bean cereal was not SUCH a far stretch that I figured I would at least give them a try.  

Bean tortilla chips seem more natural to me than cereal bean products though, especially kids cereal products.  

I almost put them back on that second thought, but I finally convinced myself. 

Come on, Chris.  This is a healthy kids cereal.

The cereal is made with navy, lentil and garbanzo beans.  

There are no corn or wheat ingredients in it.

It’s a gluten free kids cereal.  It’s a vegan kids cereal.  It’s a healthy, non-GMO cereal.  

And… AND…. it’s supposed to taste like blueberries and vanilla.  (Remember, I hadn’t tried it yet, so I wasn’t completely sure of that!) It was SUPPOSED to…. fill in the blank…..  

OK.  That did it.  It was in my cart.  

Actually, I really didn’t go through all of that thinking.  

I was actually EXCITED to try such a cereal.  

I was also excited to say “I will eat beans for breakfast tomorrow morning!”   

That’s just the way I am.  🙂 

Well, my bean shopping excitement was yesterday.  I did try this cereal this morning.

Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal


I poured some of the Love Made Polar Puffs into a bowl, and I added some milk.  I was out of both almonds and coconut milk, so my regular milk had to do today, (sorry vegan friends), but I added the milk that was available, and I had my first bite.  

You can see a horrible photo of me here below eating my first bite.  I wasn’t prepared for a glamour shot, but I wanted you to see my first bite of cereal made with beans.  Whatever my face was going to be, I wanted you to see it in its true form.

Chris's First Bite of Bean Cereal - Love Grown Cereal

It was wonderful!  

The sweetness was just right.  It was sweet enough to satisfy any child’s hankering for something sweet.  It was not TOO sweet.  

The Love Grown Polar Puffs actually had a great blueberry and vanilla taste too.  I mean that too!  I mean…  I could taste a blueberry flavor.  I could taste a vanilla flavor.  The two flavors were each very flavorful, and each flavor seemed separate, distinct would be a good word, but they were also very complimentary of each other.  

And no… in case you are wondering… There was absolutely NO flavor of beans in this cereal.  

I’m not sure if a bean flavor would be welcomed by children in the morning.  

I’m pretty sure, for all my love of beans, I wouldn’t want too much of a bean experience in the morning hours either.  

But hey, to each his own. 


Cereal Made With Beans - Love Grown Polar Puffs Cereal

From the back of my Love Grown bean cereal box. It says it’s cereal made with beans! 🙂

The cereal stayed crunchy for quite some time, most likely longer than what your kids might take eating their bowl of this on any given morning.  

I ended up taking a l-o-n-g time eating my bowl of cereal because I kept trying to take more photos of me hoping to get a better selfie.  I never did.  You got the original one.  

By the way, it’s really HARD to take a selfie while you’re holding a bowl of cereal in one hand and lifting a spoon of cereal up to your mouth to eat in the other!  I’m SURE God must have given me an additional hand to take this photo.  It may not be glamour on display, but it’s me, and what’s more important, it’s me eating beans in the morning!  

The point is, it took me a long time to eat my cereal. 

Fortunately, my cereal stayed fresh and crispy all the way through my “photo shoot”.  

So the taste of the Polar Puffs Cereal by Love Grown was great with no bean flavor and plenty of blueberry and vanilla taste. 

It was as sweet as I would have wanted it to be so I’m guessing as much as it would take to satisfy a picky child in the morning.  (I like some sweetness, just some, and I’m like a picky child in the morning… and sometimes at other times as well.)  🙂 

Add to all that the fact that it stayed crisp and edible for a LONG time for me.  

You’ll never have to deal with soggy cereal if you eat this every day of your life!  

But you won’t do that, will you?  

I asked because Love Grown has numerous other products that could keep every day new and exciting for you and your family members.  

Love Grown Cereal For Kids - Love Grown Polar Puffs

Love Grown Cereal has Love Grown kids cereals as this was.  They also have other cereals that would be appealing to adults as well as kids (Hey give me kids cereal any day).  Plus Love Grown products also include a variety of granola, hot cereals, and even some seasonal cereal products like the chocolate and strawberry heart shaped cereal which, well… you can figure out what day or days that kind of cereal might be really popular.   

The Love Grown company says their cereal (and thus your day) is “inspired by love and powered by nutrition”.  

It seems that is their passion too!

Maddy and Alex, the founders and owners of Love Grown Cereal, write right on their Love Grown website, About / Our Story page, that they wanted to change the world, to make a difference, to make clean, healthy food available to as many people as possible.  

They do what they do out of love for people.  

It looks like they are working to stay true to their clean eating, high-value nutrition pledge too.  

While not all their cereal and/or ingredients in cereal products are organic, they have gone through the process of non-GMO certification for most of their cereal products.  (Check each product individually if you’re concerned with any specific cereal or specific ingredient in a cereal.)   

Why are they not produced as organic cereal?  The FAQs of their website say they chose to make their cereals as cost effective as possible so as many people as possible could benefit.  

Their heart is dedicated to providing wholesome, natural ingredients for all their cereal products.   

They DO use only natural flavors and natural colors.  

All their cereals are either lightly sweetened or completely sugar free. 

All of their cereals are vegan except the Love Grown Power Os.  ALL are vegetarian friendly. 

Furthermore, all of their products, including the granola products are made with gluten free ingredients, specifically certified gluten free oats, and all of their products are inspected and shown gluten free before being shipped.

As always, check each product for ingredients if you have any allergies or medical conditions.  


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Love Grown Polar Puffs, Blueberry Vanilla, 6.5 Ounce by Love Grown (at Amazon)


What I can tell you though, by no uncertain terms, is that my Love Grown Blueberry Vanilla Polar Puffs cereal this morning was totally worth buying and a totally wonderful breakfast experience. 

They tasted great.  

They filled my desire for a sweet-but-not-too-sweet vanilla and blueberry breakfast cereal.  

They did not get soggy.

I felt as if I was benefiting from a healthy cereal (made with love).  I feel so loved. 

Oh, and a bonus point here:   I felt full all morning long!  I’m loved AND satisfied.  That’s a great combination!  

If you haven’t tried a Love Grown cereal yet or just want to buy gluten free cereal (or buy a vegan cereal)…. (or buy a healthy cereal period)… I urge you to give one of the Love Grown cereals a chance. 

If the rest are anything like my Love Grown Polar Bears, the conclusion of my Love Grown cereal review  here says I think you’ll be very happy with your purchase. 


Love Grown Cereal Review Collage 2

Should I review other Love Grown products?

The question might better be, what are YOUR reviews of Love Grown cereal going to say? 

Give Love Grown a try if you haven’t yet, and let us know what you think! 

Here’s to all you great readers here… having 3 hands to take photos… good tasting cereal made with beans… and great companies like Love Grown.  

Have a healthy day! 


Red, White, and Blue Dessert Recipes

Red White and Blue Dessert Recipes

Red, White, and Blue Dessert Recipes


Red, white, and blue desserts are perfect for patriotic holidays or for any American themed party. Be an American hero to your family and friends with these patriotic dessert recipes.  


Taste of Home’s Red, White and Blueberry Poke Cake


Red, White, and Blueberry Cake


You get more than just a simple red, white, and blue cake recipe here.  You get a red, white and blueberry cake! 

Taste of Home, one of my favorite cooking magazines and country cooking websites, takes poke cakes to a new level with strawberries and blueberries in addition to the typical gelatin used for poke cakes. 

What’s more, the strawberries (red) and the blueberries (blue) mixed with the white cake and icing make this a beautifully-laid-out dessert to set on a cake stand or even on a flat cake plate in your dining room or on a picnic table.  

Don’t the red and blue lines almost look like fireworks coming down from the sky?  Everyone will love it!  

Here’s this great recipe for a red, white & blue poke cake. 

Red, White, and Blueberry Poke Cake

Yields 12 servings

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  • 1 package (15 to 16 ounce) white cake mix
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup fresh strawberries
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2-1/4 teaspoon strawberry gelatin
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons berry blue gelatin
  • 2-1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar


  1. For the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line 2 9-inch cake pans with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, and eggs.
  4. Beat the cake mix on low for 30 seconds and then on medium for 2 minutes.
  5. Pour cake batter equally into the two cake pans; bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  6. Remove the cake from the oven, and cool completely on wire racks.
  7. For the strawberry jelly: In a small saucepan, combine the strawberries, sugar, and water.
  8. Bring to a boil; then reduce heat and simmer uncovered 2 to 3 minutes or until the berries are soft.
  9. Strain into a small bowl, pressing lightly. Discard pul.
  10. Add gelatin to the syrup, stirring to dissolve, and cool to room temperature.
  11. For the blueberry jelly: Repeat as above, again cooling until room temperature.
  12. To assemble the cake: Using a wooden skewer, pierce tops of the cakes to withing one inch of the edges, twisting each piercing slightly to make the holes slightly larger.
  13. Gradually pour the cooled strawberry mixture over one cake layer, filling each hole with the blueberry mixture.
  14. Repeat with the blueberry mixture.
  15. Place both cake layers in the refrigerator until you are ready to spread the frosting.
  16. In a large bowl, beat cream until it begins to thicken.
  17. Add confectioners' sugar, and best until soft peaks form.
  18. When the frosting is ready, remove the strawberry poked cake from the refrigerator.
  19. Slide a knife around the sides of the pan to loosen the cake; remove the paper, and place the cake layer on the serving plate.
  20. Spread 1 cup of the whipped cream frosting ON THE TOP of the strawberry cake layer.
  21. Then remove the blueberry cake layer from the refrigerator; remove the paper, and place the blueberry cake layer on top of the strawberry layer that has whipped cream on the top.
  22. Frost the top and side of the assembled cake with the remaining whipped cream frosting.
  23. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.


Adapted from Taste of Home Recipes (See link below)


Adapted from Taste of Home’s Red, White, and Blue Cake Recipe


Display your cake in style with The Pioneer Woman’s White Cake Stand With Glass Dome!  


Check it out on Amazon here: 

The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty 10″ White Cake Stand With Clear Dome on Amazon.


Red, White, and Blue Cupcakes

Red White and Blue CupcakesOf course, you may just want to take the simple cake route by icing some cupcakes with white icing and then topping each cupcake off with a couple red raspberries and a few blueberries like Meghan at Buttercream Blondie did here:  

Meghan used sweet cream cheese icing, but you could use any icing recipe you would like, really.  With the white icing against the red raspberries and blueberries on top, it will all have the same effect!  

I do agree with Meghan though…. If you make your own icing, almond extract would probably be the most complimentary to the fruit.

The photo and idea here are extracts from Meghan’s blog, but you can see her entire blog post on these patriotic cupcakes here:  


Red, White and Blueberry Cupcakes


Red, White, and Blue Dessert Tray

I saw this cute little red, white and blue dessert tray on Pinterest, originally pinned by a currently defunct website (momof5keepingitreal).  While the blogger has apparently moved on, the photo is still there on Pinterest showing all how to assemble a red white and blue dessert tray by arranging lines of white pretzels intermingled with lines of strawberries and a pint-sized package (or so) of blueberries in the corner for the flag’s stars.

Salute!  🙂 

Red White and Blue Pretzel Berry Tray


Red, White, and Blue Cookies

Here is a little DIY food craft for you all who want to have a little fun.  This one is especially fun to do when your cooking with kids around.  

Come on kids… dig… I mean DIP in!  

Dipped Oreo Flag Cookies


If you like these cookies, which you could use for any patriotic reason what-so-ever, (is being hungry “patriotic”?)….  then go over to Crafty Recipes to see how Michelle put these together!  


There are lots of desserts for the 4th of July, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Veteran’s Day…. and all the other times you might want to add a splash of the old red, white and blue.  Fortunately, there are lots of red, white, and blue recipes to accommodate all your patriotic holiday cooking!  


Enjoy… and oh… If you see Uncle Sam, tell him Chris Stevens said “hello”.  🙂 


Red White and Blue Dessert Recipes

Bake Sausage Patties In A Cast Iron Skillet

Bake Sausage Patties In A Cast Iron Skillet

After buying fresh sausage patties at Costco yesterday, and then looking at them longingly this morning, I decided to see if I could bake them in the oven.  Even more, could I bake sausage patties in an iron skillet in the oven? Was it possible? See here!

I grabbed one of the beautiful 60-plus-year-old Lodge Cast Iron Skillets I inherited from the mom I loved (and still love) so much and gently fit as many (refrigerator-thawed) fresh sausage patties as I could into the skillet without smashing the patties.  

Oops.  I just noticed the box said I was supposed to “Keep Sausage Patties Frozen”.  Oh well.  Too late.  The box is from Costco; I purchased a ton of them.  I’m going to use them anyway.  

Thank goodness all the sausage recipes indicated I could cook sausage patties from their frozen OR thawed state.  

I should be good.  (Let’s hope so.) 🙂 

Upon reading a quick reference cooking tip on how to bake sausage patties, I preheated my oven to 425 degrees and then put the iron skillet with sausage patties in tow into the oven.  

Here they are about half way through…


How To Bake Sausage Patties


I did NOT cover the skillet.  I just baked the sausage in the cast iron skillet on the middle shelf of the oven without a lid, and I experienced no problems.    




By the way, did you know there are some great health benefits of cooking with cast iron cookware?  For one, cooking with a cast iron skillet benefits your entire family by protecting them from ingesting the chemicals on nonstick pans.  Secondarily, cooking with cast iron adds iron to your food, providing your children, your husband, and you too with as much as 20 percent more iron than might be otherwise available in the food you just prepared.

Oh yes… Cookware made of cast iron may be as old as the hills, but it is highly valued in today’s culture now too.  Healthy minded modern cooks appreciate the ancient old benefits of cast iron cookware.  

If you don’t have a cast iron skillet, or if you need another one, go to the link here to see this pre seasoned Lodge Cast Iron Skillet at Amazon. 



Pre seasoned cast iron just means the cookware was naturally prepared / created with oil baked into the cast iron to keep the cast iron from rusting.  When you have your cast iron pots, pans, and skillets for years to come, you’ll be “seasoning” them every so often yourself as well to keep them looking practically new throughout their years of use.




A quick google search on how to bake sausage patties in the oven basically instructed me to bake sausage patties (fresh or frozen) at 425 degrees for approximately 25 minutes, until the surface is light brown, turning over one time about half way through.  


My fresh sausage patties took a little closer to 30 minutes, I’d say. 



Many of the cooking blogs and country food business sites said bake time for sausage patties was about the same be they frozen or fresh.  

I wasn’t so sure of basic sausage recipe tip, but if you make sure your patties are given enough time to bake through and see that beautiful brown color on the outside, you should be fine.  I would double check to make sure your sausage is done though, either way! 




Did you know you can buy a case of fresh country sausage?  

Here is Jimmy Dean’s box of fresh sausage patties if you’re up for it!  




Here are my fresh sausage patties after I baked them in my mom’s old Lodge cast iron skillet:  


Bake Sausage Patties in a Cast Iron Skillet


Baked Country Fresh Sausage Patties


Bake Fresh Sausage In A Cast Iron Skillet



Sausage In The Oven.

Sausage On The Table.  

Sausage In My Belly. 


Mom’s cast iron skillet now cleaned and put away until another farm girl adventure.


Baking fresh sausage patties in the oven with a cast iron skillet was a success.  

Why not try it yourself now too?     



Bake Sausage Patties In A Cast Iron Skillet



If you like country sausage, please see other sausage recipes at The New American Home With Chris Stevens! 


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