I’ve been on a bit of a coconut water kick lately. It all started with a 3-day cleanse I did back in January, read more about that here – oh, and I will be doing this cleanse again in a few weeks so stay tuned for more details! I had a carton leftover that was expiring soon so I decided to add it to my breakfast smoothies instead of almond milk, just to switch it up a bit. OMG am I glad I did! I LOVE it! While I don’t much like the taste on its own, I do enjoy it mixed in a smoothie.
This is not to be confused with coconut milk or coconut oil. Coconut water is a clear liquid in the fruit’s center that is tapped from young, green coconuts. The ingredients should simply read 100% coconut water with no sugar , flavours or preservatives added. The brand I have used lately is O.N.E. Coconut Water.
There are many benefits to drinking coconut water but I do urge you to do it in moderation because one cup is about 45 calories and 8g of natural sugar – this is not to replace regular water as you should still be drinking that for your main hydration! Here are a few of the many benefits…
It has 4 times the amount of potassium as a banana – I don’t know how much truth there is to this since I looked it up and there is 610 mg in an 11 ounce serving of coconut water and the average banana has about 450mg – another marketing gimmick I guess!
Loaded with vital nutrients, coconut water is a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. It is rich in amino acids, enzymes, dietary fiber, vitamin C and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and manganese .It is also very beneficial as it has anti viral and anti bacterial properties.
Coconut water works wonders for your skin too. Researches show that coconut water have cytokinins which are beneficial for anti aging-effects. When applied to acne, spots, wrinkles, stretch marks, cellulite and eczema it clears up the skin giving you youthful looking smoother skin. It can be used as a light moisturizer if you have oily skin. In addition to the benefits to the skin it also helps in repairing and growth of nails and smooth hair.
Coconut water is relatively easy to find. I get mine from Wal-Mart in the States but I have seen it in health food and specialty stores in my small town (although it’s more pricey here!) Obviously straight from the source is best but not all of us live in a tropical climate – darn!
While it is a great source of potassium and full of electrolytes to keep you hydrated, don’t be fooled by marketing and gimmicks because regular water can do the trick to keep you plenty hydrated. To sum it up, enjoy your coconut water and all its benefits – in moderation 🙂
Here’s a great smoothie to get you started…
1 cup 100% natural coconut water (I used O.N.E. Coconut Water)
50g banana (about half a medium banana)
50g strawberries (about 1/3 cup)
1/4 cup yogurt (I used a soy yogurt but you can use anything, Greek, plain, whatever!)
1 cup spinach
1/2 cup water
1 scoop protein powder (vanilla, chocolate, or any flavour – I used Rainbow Light Protein Energizer in chocolate)
1 Tbsp ground flaxseed (optional)
Combine all ingredients in a blender, blend, sip, and enjoy!
277 Calories, 39g Carbs, 4g Fat, 19g Protein, 91mg Sodium, 23g Sugar.
Have you tried coconut water? How do you like to drink it, straight up or in a smoothie?