Coconut Water Drinks: hydrate, replenish and nourish your body

Thirsty anyone? Have some coconut water! Throughout the tropics, young thai coconuts are often sold by street vendors, cut open in front of you, and handed over with a simple straw put in, ready to be enjoyed; can you think of something more refreshing ? Coconut water is the clear liquid inside the young thai coconuts. It is well known for it's naturally occurring electrolyte content, in particular potassium, magnesium, manganese and sodium (source). As Wikipedia and all physiology textbooks will tell you, keeping your body hydrated means supplying proper amounts of electrolytes. This is especially important after strenuous exercise; at least here in New York City coconut water seems to be a popular drink in gyms and otherwise, and it is ubiquitously available in pretty much every store, be it bottled, canned, or in tetra-packs, either pasteurized or raw. Personally I think that the raw coconut water tastes so much better than the pasteurized one, so my tip: if you can get it raw, get it raw! I really enjoy drinking coconut water plain and straight from the fridge, and I find it delicious and thirst quenching this way. That said, however, sometime I want to be a little more sophisticated and use it as a base for some easy and refreshing drinks. Because of coconut water's natural sweetness, there is no need to add sugar or likewise. These drinks are great for any situation, be it breakfast, after a work-out, or an alcohol-free cocktail. Of the many possibilities here are two recipes: Apricot & Nectarine Drink makes 28 fl oz (830ml), serves 2-3

Ingredients

  • 16 fl oz (475ml) coconut water (preferably raw)
  • 2 ripe apricots
  • 1 ripe yellow nectarine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla flavor
  • pinch of salt

Procedure

Mix all the ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Serve cold and add some ice if desired. Enjoy!  

Lime & Mint Drink

Makes 16 fl oz (475ml), serves 2

Ingredients

  • 16 fl oz (475ml) coconut water (preferably raw)
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 10 fresh mint leaves

Procedure

Mix all the ingredients in a blender until completely smooth. Serve cold and add some ice if desired. Enjoy!
 

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