CVS #CVSHealthySolutions Part 2: Coconut Oil & Chia Seeds


Hi Celiac and the Beast readers! It’s the tail end of summer – even though it’s still blazing hot in Arizona (114 – please go away). And while I’ve never believed in the idea of a bikini body (if you have a bikini, and a body, you have a bikini body, it’s that simple), summer is still an important season to focus on our bodies and our health. I may not be focusing on how good my new Pure Bare booty looks, but I’m sure as heck focusing on all the great things I’m doing to get my body back in shape after injuries. CVS is also focusing on health, with their #CVSHealthySolutions campaign. I’m honored to be a part of it and sharing a whole bunch of cool CVS products in the next few months. PS WE’VE EXTENDED THE GIVEAWAY ANOTHER DAY!

Today I’m featuring two more edible products from CVS as part of the #CVSHealthySolutions campaign! We’re featuring the COCONUT OIL and CHIA SEEDS.

Their raw black chia seeds are certified gluten free and come in a 15 oz. resealable bag. In this feature, I used these chia seeds to make chia gel – one tablespoon chia seeds and three tablespoons warm water – to use as an egg replacement. You can also sprinkle these into your morning oatmeals or into smoothies. These protein powerhouses are also packed full of Omega-3’s. If you’re not using chia seed somewhere in your diet, now is the time to start. This retails for $9.49 for a bag that will last you through all your baking needs.

Their coconut oil is cold pressed organic coconut oil. I know, it seems weird to get your coconut oil from the same place you pick up your prescriptions and toilet paper – but this stuff is great. For a 16 oz. jar, this oil retails at $10.99 – but you know with CVS they are always running a great deal on their store-branded products.


I made pumpkin bread using a recipe found on Namaste for pumpkin spice quick bread using their mixes for a few loaves, and then I used their new Perfect Flour Blend to create more pumpkin bread using variations of the recipe. Their new Perfect Flour Blend is pretty amazing, I’ve been very impressed with it and it’s free from the top 8 allergens. I used the chia seed as an egg replacer and the coconut oil as the fat. I love having everything on hand in my cabinet to be able to whip up a quick bread whenever I want.

CVS coconut oil and chia seeds

I’m so excited to bring you a great giveaway with CVS. Yes, we have the Rafflecopter entry below. If you haven’t entered already, please do so! However, if you’d like to gain an ADDITIONAL entry into the giveaway, comment on this post and tell me what recipe you would create using the CVS chia seeds and the coconut oil featured in this post. One comment per person gains an entry!

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**Disclosure: Celiac and the Beast is beyond excited to partner with CVS/Pharmacy for this campaign. I’m being sponsored by CVS/Pharmacy for my posts and corresponding activities on my social media, but all opinions expressed are my own – as always! All product claims or program details shared should be verified at or with the appropriate manufacturers.**

Comments: 9

  1. darissa September 2, 2015 at 8:46 am Reply

    My daughter has been wanting to make a hair conditioning product and skin product with the coconut oil. I would add the Chia seeds into smoothies for breakfast for an nutritional boost! And add them to my muffins

  2. Brianna Wolin September 2, 2015 at 10:05 am Reply

    Just heard that coconut oil is great for hair–and definitely would make you smell like a cookie 🙂

  3. CR Williams September 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm Reply

    I would use it to make brownies. I am sure it would be great!

  4. Paula S September 2, 2015 at 2:35 pm Reply

    I would add the chia seeds to yogurt. I’d use the coconut oil in cookies. YUM! 🙂

  5. Diana Cote September 2, 2015 at 4:15 pm Reply

    That flour blend looks great & perfect for our family.

  6. Sharon September 3, 2015 at 3:56 am Reply

    I use coconut oil to sauté foods in all the time since it is safer then most other oils to use with heat. It’s also great to bake with instead of butter or canola oil. You can make an awesome pudding using coconut milk, cocoa powder, sweetener and ground chia seeds (grind in a coffee grinder). It’s so good for you yet tastes just like chocolate pudding!

  7. Heidi B September 3, 2015 at 6:11 am Reply

    I would try the blondie or S’mores bar recipe I have.

  8. Rana Durham September 3, 2015 at 7:15 am Reply

    I would use it to make macaroons

  9. courtney fisk September 3, 2015 at 7:42 am Reply

    I think some zucchini muffins sounds good this time of year!

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