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Ra­dio jock Tsheko Mos­ito is slowly in­tro­duc­ing the mar­ket to bowls and sim­ple eat­ing, in Kokonati co­conut bowls, writes Lutho Pasiya

Saturday Star - - EATING IN & OUT -

FOOOD bowls are hav­ing an ex­tended mo­ment in the culi­nary trend spot­light and it’s easy to see why. They al­low peo­ple to show their cre­ativ­ity and if you pe­ruse In­sta­gram, you will see thou­sands of posts of food served in bowls.

The thing about bowls is that there’s a big health move­ment around them, be­cause they pro­vide a nu­tri­tious balance of grains, veg­eta­bles and pro­tein.

Th­ese bowls al­low for food to look good, as well as be nu­tri­tious and, most times, re­ally de­li­cious.

So it makes sense that Tsheko Mos­ito would cre­ate a brand like Kokonati bowls – there’s a de­mand for it.

The 33-year-old from Diep­kloof in Soweto said the main aim be­hind the cre­ation of the Kokonati bowls is that in­creas­ing num­bers of South Africans were join­ing the global move­ment to sim­plify their lives, live more eth­i­cally and in line with daily prac­tices that sup­port and con­sider the en­vi­ron­ment.

Re­cy­cling, plant-based eat­ing and the pur­chase of eco-friendly prod­uct brands is where the world is at.

One thing is al­most cer­tain, though – the move to a more ecofriendly life­style is often best started in your own kitchen.

“When I dis­cov­ered the var­i­ous ben­e­fits of a plant-based diet for my­self, I be­gan pay­ing more at­ten­tion. I de­vel­oped a keen in­ter­est in a sim­ple yet abun­dant life­style.

“As I was do­ing re­search on health-re­lated top­ics, I dis­cov­ered that vil­lages in coun­tries like In­done­sia have been us­ing co­conut shells as food bowls for thou­sands of years and this in­spired the cre­ation of the brand,” she said.

“The hum­ble co­conut, as we know it, has be­come quite a thing in mod­ern-day liv­ing and is a thriv­ing in­dus­try world­wide. Think co­conut oil, co­conut flakes, co­conut cream and co­conut milk.

“The co­conut shell, how­ever, has been over­looked un­til re­cent times. Mil­lions of co­conut shells are dis­carded every month, burned or dumped in land­fills.

“With a shell that is al­ready per­fectly shaped like a bowl, it only made sense that it be cleaned up and turned into a beau­ti­fully re­fined, eco-friendly co­conut bowl that can be used daily to serve all your de­li­cious meals,” she said.

Mos­ito be­lieves a happy, healthy and full life is ev­ery­one’s right. She hopes that the brand can get that mes­sage across and broaden the idea of what it means to be happy with the sim­plest of things like sim­ple meals.

“Our bowls are hand­made from re­claimed co­conut shells and fin­ished with a gen­er­ous coat­ing of co­conut oil. Each Kokonati co­conut bowl has unique­ness to it and no two bowls are the same.

“The shape, pat­tern, and mark­ings are what makes each bowl so spe­cial. The world needs al­ter­na­tives to plas­tic ware and that is the prob­lem we are try­ing to solve.

“Our bowls are also free from chem­i­cals and are eth­i­cally har­vested.

“They are very safe for food and great for break­fast ce­re­als, smoothie bowls, pasta, soups, desserts and other de­li­cious recipes.”

She said Kokonati bowls are not only fun, they are also eco-friendly, re­us­able, durable, en­cour­age healthy eat­ing and are per­fect for the whole fam­ily.

“The plan is to share more of this abun­dance on our so­cial me­dia pages to in­spire our friends and fol­low­ers and ul­ti­mately we would love to com­pile a Kokonati recipe book filled with glo­ri­ous, sim­ple plant-based recipes,” said Mos­ito.

De­liv­er­ies are all over the con­ti­nent of Africa and world­wide. ● To make or­ders, you can sim­ply e-mail kokonati.africa@gmail.com

TRENDY: Kokonati bowls are eco-friendly, re­us­able, durable and en­cour­age healthy eat­ing.

PIC­TURES: SIMPHIWE MBOKAZI/AFRICAN NEWS AGENCY(ANA)

TASTY: Rose­mary and turmeric chicken thigh with a side of roast veg­eta­bles.

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