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3 Delicious Coconut Oil Drinks That’ll Help You Stay Slim This Holiday Season

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Coconut oil: we love it for our hair and skin, but it turns out drinking it might also help your waistline. Brimming with metabolism-boosting fatty acids that fire up fat burn and banish cravings, we rounded up three delicious coconut-oil based drinks to add to your rotation today — and they’re all holiday-themed! But before we get to the recipes, how can coconut oil help you stay trim?

Boosts Fat Burning

Slightly sweet coconut oil is a rich source of medium-chain triglycerides, or MCTs. These fatty acids provide a readily usable source of fuel for cells that lower fat storage and helps women burn an extra 190 calories per day. The payoff? Up to a 56 percent increase in fat burning.

Revs Metabolism

Coconut oil’s MCTs stimulate the thyroid to produce more of the metabolism-revving hormone thyroxine. The effect is so powerful, in fact, that a study in the International Journal of Obesity found that subjects who got a daily dose of MCTs lost 40% more weight than those who didn’t.

Dials Down Hunger

According to scientists at the Rowett Institute, a top health research center in Scotland, subjects who consumed a diet rich in MCTs ate an average of 256 fewer calories per day than those who didn’t get the fat. The reason: These abundant fatty acids prompt the brain to increase the output of appetite-suppressing hormones.

Keep scrolling for three coconut-oil rich holiday drinks that’ll keep you slim and satisfied this season. 

Holly Jolly Pumpkin Nog Recipe

1 cup light eggnog

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

2 Tbs. coconut oil

1/4 cup whipped cream

Pumpkin pie spice

In a heatproof pitcher, combine the first three ingredients; microwave three minutes. Top with cream. Sprinkle with spice. Makes two servings. 

Per serving: Cal. 292 Pro. 7g Carb. 14g Fiber 2g Sug. 11g Chol. 104mg Sod. 85mg Total fat: 23g Sat. 17g Trans. 0g

Bonus! The vitamin A in pumpkin strengthens immunity

Sweet Matcha Surprise Recipe

2 Tbs. coconut oil

1 Tbs. matcha tea powder

1/4 tsp. almond extract

2 cups milk

2 Tbs. honey

Divide the first three ingredients evenly between two mugs. In a heatproof pitcher, microwave milk three minutes; whisk until foamy. Pour into mugs; stir in honey. Makes two servings. 

Per serving: Cal. 340 Pro. 9g Carb. 29g Fiber 0g Sug. 29g Chol. 24mg Sod. 106mg Total fat: 21g Sat. 16g Trans. 0g

Bonus! EGCG in matcha boosts liver detox by 69%

Choco-Coffee Contentment Recipe

2 cups hot coffee

2 Tbs. chocolate coffee

creamer

1/4 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup milk

2 Tbs. coconut oil

Divide the first three ingredients evenly between two mugs. In a heatproof pitcher, microwave milk and oil for one minute. Whisk until foamy; spoon over coffee. Makes two servings. 

Per serving: Cal. 179 Pro. 1g Carb. 7g Fiber 0g Sug. 23g Chol. 3mg Sod. 23mg Total fat: 16g Sat. 12g Trans. 0g

This story originally appeared in our print magazine. 

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