By Fredrica Syren
In Maui, where we just vacationed, coconuts grow everywhere, and many places sell drinking coconuts. It’s basically an immature coconut with a straw in it so you can drink the water inside. For drinking purposes, coconuts are harvested from the trees when they are still young and green. It’s one of the most refreshing things to drink, and I so wish I had a coconut tree growing in my garden. Here in San Diego where I live, I can buy young coconuts at the farmers market, Whole Foods and People’s Coop.
Coconut water, in particular, is very low in carbohydrates, sugars and fat, and contains hydrating properties. It is a great substitute for sports drinks and vitamin waters. A single coconut usually provides an 11-ounce serving of water, and it is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. A few key nutrients in coconut water include lauric acid, chloride, and iron, as well as important electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium, calcium, sodium, and phosphorous. In fact, the potassium content in coconut water is close to twice the amount in a banana. A healthy balance of electrolytes is important for the optimal health of our muscular, cardiovascular, nervous and immune systems, as well as to help with the absorption and balance of the body’s internal fluids.
I like to drink my coconut water just as is, but also I like to use them in smoothies. Here are some of my favorite recipes:
1 1/2 cup coconut water
1/2 cup zucchini, peeled and diced
1/2 cup kale, stems removed and chopped
1/2 cup cantaloupe
1 tsp spirulina powder
1 tsp chia flour
Puree coconut water, zucchini, kale, avocado, spiraling and cantaloupe in a blender until very smooth. Add some water if it seems too thick. Stir in the chia flour and enjoy right away.
Pina Colada smoothie (virgin, of course)
Juice and meat from one young coconut
1 cup pineapple chunks
Blend everything in a blender and enjoy right away.
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