Susan Dopart’s Saving Money with Coconut Oil

Susan Dopart, MS, RD, CDE

We would like to welcome Susan Dopart on to the Kelapo team!  Susan will be our resident RD for the next 6 months and will be giving you monthly healthy tips and recipes.  We are so excited to have her on board.

Susan B. Dopart, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., is a nutrition and fitness expert who has been in private practice for more than 17 years. As a trusted partner who works closely with clients and their physicians, she specializes in medical nutrition-related issues, including diabetes and endocrinology, heart disease, weight management, cancer, pregnancy, infertility, PCOS, and exercise nutrition.  Susan works with children, adolescents and adults.

Before establishing her own consultancy, Susan worked at UCLA as both a medical and kidney dietitian.

Susan has consulted for UCLA Medical Center, UCLA Extension, the Beverly Hills Country Club, Sebastian International, and Procter & Gamble. She has written and contributed to multiple publications, including UCLA Medicine, Sports and Cardiovascular Nutritionists SCAN publication, Best Life, Men’s Health, Message Magazine, and Diabetes Forecast.

She is from New Jersey and grew up in Northern California before moving to Los Angeles to work at UCLA Medical Center. She resides in Santa Monica with her husband Jeffrey. Susan’s passion is finding reasonable lifestyle solutions to assist others in having health and happiness.



With the chill in the air and the wind blowing, my skin and cuticles matched the outside weather and applying my usual creams and lotions was not working.  I went to the bathroom to finish getting ready for work and realized my husband Jeffrey had placed the coconut oil we use for cooking in the bathroom.  I asked him “why the location change?”  He responded by showing me his hands and his cuticles did not look like mine.


I had heard using coconut oil as a moisturizer and thought “why not?” 

If you’re not up on the latest research on coconut oil you might have thought it was something only used in sunscreens.  Coconut oil has come a long way since then and is used in everything from cooking to moisturizers to treating burns.


And Coconut oil has important health properties since it contains lauric acid. 

Lauric acid has immune properties similar to Mother’s breast milk.  Even last month Dr. Oz was touting its benefits and how his whole household uses it year round.

After the holidays it’s nice to save money and not have to think about buying lots of products while you’re paying off your credit cards.  Why not try a 30-day experiment and use coconut oil as a moisturizer for your skin or hair while saving money on other expensive products?  A few days after trying it my skin and cuticles felt amazing and now I keep coconut oil in the bathroom and kitchen.


One healthy eating way to save money is to make a tasty treat rather than buying a processed packaged food full of preservatives and additives.

Natural granolas made of real whole ingredients can get pricey so I created a Healthy Nut Mix that you can prepare in less than half an hour and freeze for use for the month.

Here’s the recipe – enjoy as a tasty topper for yogurt or cottage cheese or just as a snack in the afternoon.


Healthy Nut Mix

Susan's Healthy Nut Mix

Serves: 10 ¼ cup servings

Prep Time:      10 minutes

Cook Time:     10-15 minutes                                               



¼ cup raw steel cut oats

½ cup raw pumpkin seeds

½ cup coarsely chopped raw cashews

¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

¼ cup unsweetened dried coconut

¼ cup sliced raw almonds

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 ½ tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil

1 teaspoon honey



Mix all dry ingredients together.  Mix in coconut oil and honey.  Spread on cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes, stirring once through the cooking process.  Remove from oven and let cool on cookie sheet.

Store in airtight container for up to 5 days or in the freezer for 1 month.


Nutrition Facts per serving

156 Calories

5 grams protein

8 grams of carbohydrate

12 grams of fat

2 grams of fiber

2.5 mg. sodium


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Susan Dopart, MS, RD, CDE

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