Because life just tastes better through a straw…
I’ve been pretty excited about coconut water lately. I love that it’s just slightly sweet, but naturally-so (if you get the kind without any extra sugar, not from concentrate). My favorite so far is Organic Naked but I’ve liked a bunch of brands including Vita Coco and the Whole Foods 365 kind. I’ve been hearing a lot about how coconut water can do so much for you to recover following a hard workout. Low in calories and fat, it also has a high amount of fiber and electrolytes to both help you stay full and rehydrate following strenuous activity. In Durham during mid-July, this is super important! It actually gets hot here… who knew?
I was reminded about the importance of hydration in a recent post on my favorite blog, Kath Eats Real Food. In Kath’s own words, “we need every reminder we can get to stay on top of our water drinking this summer!” I understand that some of you may not be feeling the whole water thing. As someone who drinks about 4 L a day, it’s sometimes tough for me to imagine that some folks only drink about a cup’s worth! If it’s hard for you to “swallow” (heh) the recommended 8 cups (or however many your PCP recommends), try some of the tips Kath recommends: namely, adding some fruit juice or sparkling water, a sprig of mint, or some frozen fruit to give it a little more pep!
This smoothie is dairy-free but is still creamy enough to feel decadent. I used a half scoop of protein powder and handful of oats to thicken it up, but otherwise it’s really just coconut water and frozen fruit. You can add some ice cubes or more water to make it thicker or thinner as desired!
Enjoy, and stay hydrated!
- 1 cup coconut water
- ½ scoop vanilla protein powder
- 2 tbsp raw oats
- ½ banana (mine was frozen)
- frozen fruit of your choosing: I used some frozen watermelon chunks, strawberries and peach
- 3-4 ice cubes
- Blend all ingredients in blender until smooth. Add more ice or water if the consistency is too thin or thick!