Coconut Water

>> Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Water, water, everywhere . . . and it all seems to be coconut water, so I just had to check it out. Not only does coconut water contain a TON of potassium (sounds a lot like the parsnips, doesn't it?), but it also tastes great. It's harvested from green coconuts -- and many are surprised to learn that there's a difference between brown coconuts (think coconut milk, the fatty kind) and green (young ones which have all the nutrition and healthful benefits -- and little if any of the fat).

I first considered drinking coconut water because it is a part of Gwyneth Paltrow's detox diet that I was loosely following in January (read about it here). I waited until now because, well, I accidentally bought a sweetened coconut water can instead of an unsweetened -- and it was so awful, I just hated it. And then I forgot about it until it started popping up on all these blogs I read.

Now, I was quite skeptical at first. I don't buy bottled water . . . so spending almost $4 to $5 (I actually can't remember if it was $3.99 or $4.99 -- sorry about that!) on this 1 liter had me scratching my head a bit. Still, I was incredibly interested in the energizing and the hydrating qualities I have read so very much about. And, to be honest, I wasn't at all disappointed. After getting used to the taste (because at first, it didn't taste amazing, but that quickly changed), I payed careful attention to how I was feeling. What I noticed most is that my energy level felt incredibly stable . . . and high . . . for the hour or so after drinking it. I also felt wonderfully hydrated.

For this reason, I think it's the perfect after-workout drink. And I'm considering replacing Gatorade with it, at least on some of my more difficult, long runs in the summer heat.

The flavor is, as best I can describe, lightly sweet. The texture is thicker than "normal" water, but very familiar. Here's the nutrition information (per one liter bottle):


Other details:
  • Coconut water goes through a flash pasteurization process (good news for all preggers ladies out there)
  • Large, sealed container stays good for 48 hours.
  • No additives, no preservatives, no added sugar
  • Not certified organic
  • Helps ease stomach pains.
  • Vita Coco comes in different flavors, too: tangerine, pineapple, acai/pomegranate, peach/mango.

For more information, just check out Vita Coco's website. And for Hump Day Yoga today, I planned to feature child's pose. Unfortunately, my practice wasn't exactly relaxing yesterday . . . there were cats jumping everywhere. So, this is all I have for you:

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