This Is Coco
Hi and welcome to This Is Coco: the coconut queendom.
A place dedicated to everything coconut and vibrant, healthy living.
Coconut is a delicious, versatile and very nutritious fruit (that’s right, it’s not a nut, despite what its name suggests). You can do so much with it, for example prepare different kinds of food and drinks, both savory and sweet.
And the best thing is that almost everyone can eat it, because it is dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and free of soy and nuts.
Whether you’ve been using coconuts for a while and are looking for more ways to implement them or are a coconut newbie and curious what all the coco buzz is about, you’ve come to the right place!
Here you will find:
1. Healthy, delicious plant-powered recipes
They are made with coconuts and coconut products such as coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flour and coconut butter.
Eating healthy and tasty can go together perfectly and I’m all about showing you how much fun it is.
The recipes are simple and easily customizable to meet your personal preferences, so feel free to use your creativity.
All my recipes are dairy-free, vegan, refined sugar-free and mostly gluten-free.
2. Natural DIY beauty recipes for skin, hair, nails and oral health
A healthy lifestyle is the key to our wellbeing. This goes for what we put into our body, as well as what we put on it.
Nature’s nourishing and healing properties found in its many amazing plants, have so much to offer us. They are especially suitable for our skin and hair.
I will show you how to easily make your own deodorant, moisturizer, hair mask, massage oil, after-shave, lip balm, eye cream and more. You’ll be amazed how well they work!
All the ingredients that I use are free of synthetics, vegan, cruelty-free and whenever possible, sustainably sourced.
Coconut oil is a very versatile product that moisturizes, strengthens, protects and restores both skin and hair.
I also love using shea butter, coconut milk, argan oil, essential oils and CBD extract in my beauty recipes.
Making your own beauty products is healthier, more sustainable and often also much cheaper!
3. Articles about everything coconut related
Are you curious about the different ways you can use coconut oil, what you need to know when you buy packaged coconut water, why coconut milk is so healthy, if coconut sugar really lives up to its hype, how to make cold-pressed coconut oil and other subjects? You’ll find them in my blog.
4. Workshops on location
I give coconut workshops in Amsterdam, with a focus on health, taste and sustainability.
During a very educational and fun meeting I will show you how you can easily make different coconut products yourself. You will learn, among other things, how to make 8 products from fresh, organic coconut. Plus I will teach you how to open coconuts like a pro!
Products that you make yourself instead of buying them from the store are:
– healthier: maximum nutritional value, 100% organic coconut, no additives.
– more sustainable: no plastic, cans, packaging.
– tastier: fresh and pure.
I also give workshops where I teach how to make fermented coconut products such as coconut kefir and yoghurt.
If you want to attend one of my workshops, invite me to your event or organize something together, you can get in touch with me here.
This is Erika
I am Erika and I am the creator of This Is Coco. Everything you see here, I make myself, from the illustrations to the recipes, articles and photos.
Since I was a little girl, I have been in love with coconuts and that feeling is only growing bigger!
After having lived in different corners of the world in Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for the past 18 years, I am back in my beautiful hometown Amsterdam.
Food is a very important part of my life. There are few things that I enjoy more than preparing, eating and connecting with others over a great dish!
The recipes on This Is Coco are an eclectic mix of my own kitchen adventures, inspiration from travels and the people in my life.
Over the years I’ve become more conscious of the impact that food has on me.
This made me focus on using ingredients that not only taste great, but provide the fuel that I need to be at my best.
Food is our medicine and how we feel, function and look, depends largely on what we take in.
Healthy living is the essence of both my private and professional life.
Health stands for everything that we make a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual connection with.
I try to be conscious of this and also reflect it in my daily choices related to sustainability, human rights and animal rights.
My experience with healing eczema and allergy in a natural way, has been a great motivation to do something with the knowledge I gained from this process.
Eating the right things and using products that are good for my skin, has helped me enormously to fully thrive in health again.
I am grateful for being able to share my experiences with others, so that hopefully it can also help you maximize the quality of your life, wherever you are on your personal journey.
In 2002 I opened a health food cafe in the Mexican Caribbean, serving smoothies, pancakes and salads. This was an amazing experience and my first professional one with my own healthy food business.
Afterwards, also in Mexico I had my own Martial Arts school where we had different masters teaching Taekwondo, Aikido, Muay Thai, Hapkido, Yoga, Tai Chi and others.
I used to practice Taekwondo myself and passed my exam for first Dan black belt in 2007.
Following my other lifelong passion for creativity, I graduated from Bezalel, the academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem in the department of Visual Communication.
Over the past 10 years I have been active in visual design, specializing in branding and visual identity.
I still love working on conscious projects with soul and help people express the essence of their brand in an authentic way.
Nowadays I am full-time involved with This Is Coco, so I don’t have much time to work with clients. Occasionally a project comes along that makes me so happy, that I create space for it.
Recently I was nominated with This Is Coco for the Viva400 Visionistas 2019 of Dutch lifestyle magazine Viva as one of the 30 inspiring female entrepreneurs who make an impact.
This initiative is intended to help up-and-coming female talent.
I am very proud of this nomination, in particular because the idea that I pitched is still in concept phase.
It was a super inspiring day full of masterclasses and meetings with wonderful women, something I truly cherish! Above all it showed me once again that the most powerful way to grow is by leaving that comfort zone and just go fully for whatever your passion is.
Do you want to invite me to an event or organize something together? Please contact me to discuss the possibilities!
I am also open for fitting initiatives from abroad. The world is my playground, I love traveling, speak 5 languages fluently and am always happy to meet new people.
More information and answers to regular questions can be found on my FAQ page.
Enjoy the Coconut Queendom.
With coco love,
Where to get started?