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 delicious, versatile and very nutritious. You can use it to prepare different kinds of food and drinks with.
Almost everyone can eat it, since it’s dairy-free, vegan, gluten-free, sugar-free and free of nuts and soy.
Besides eating them, there is so much more you can do with coconuts.
Whether you’ve been using them 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
Eating healthy and tasty goes together perfectly and I’m here to show you how much fun it is.
I use fresh coconut and coconut products such as coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut water, coconut flour and coconut butter.
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.
The nourishing and healing properties of plants have so much to offer us.
I show you how to easily make your own deodorant, moisturizer, hair mask, massage oil, after-shave, lip balm, eye cream and more that actually works.
Everything is free of synthetics, vegan, cruelty-free and whenever possible, sustainably sourced.
Coconut oil is a very versatile product that moisturizes, strengthens, protects and restores 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 fun, educational meeting I will show you how you can easily make different coconut products yourself 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.
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, the creator of This Is Coco. Everything here from the illustrations to the recipes, articles and photos is made by me.
Since I was a little girl, I have been in love with coconuts. 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.
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 in the holistic field.
My own experience with healing eczema and allergy in a natural way, has been a great motivation to do something with the knowledge I gained from it.
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.
In 2002 I opened a health food cafe in the Mexican Caribbean, serving smoothies, pancakes and salads.
Afterwards, also in Mexico I had my own Martial Arts school where we offered classes in Taekwondo, Aikido, Muay Thai, Hapkido, Jiujitsu, Tai Chi and Yoga.
I passed my Taekwondo exam for first Dan black belt in 2007.
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Following my other lifelong passion for creativity, I graduated from Bezalel, the academy of Arts & Design in Jerusalem in the department of Visual Communication.
I was a visual design professional specializing in branding and visual identity, for over 12 years.
Nowadays I am active in the holistic field. Recently I launched my product line with organic adaptogenic herbal and mushroom powders High Vibeology.
I offer holistic functional food catering working primarily with adaptogens and other fresh, nutrient-dense ingredients.
As a holistic therapist working with Spiritual Response Therapy and Spiritual Restructuring, I focus on removing blocks on mental, energetic, emotional and physical level.
I have witnessed some of the most profound transformations, in my own life and that of others.
Our mind is very powerful and we all have different programs running in the background. Since most of it happens on a subconscious level, it impacts us in every single way.
Reprogramming your mind means literally transforming your reality and consciously creating the life you desire.
At the moment I am studying to become an herbalist to expand my knowledge, my healing abilities and my passion for the plant world.
Recently I was nominated 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.
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,
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