The healthy living world is wild about coconut water. You can find a variety of sources that report the magic liquid can cure everything from dehydration, to lack of potassium, to bad hair days (okay, maybe not that last one). I just heard a friend proclaim she wished she could have coconut water on tap. And there actually is real evidence (like, science! not just my fellow fitness and health enthusiast bloggers!) that says that coconut water really does rehydrate and replenish electrolytes. And it is, indeed, packed with potassium. Hydration and electrolytes are very important all the time, but especially during the kind of heat wave most of the US has been experiencing.
So you probably assume I down the stuff by the gallon, right? Well, I would, except…
I think coconut water tastes disgusting.
Yeah, I said it.
And it totally bums me out, because I know how good it would be for someone like me who works out, walks/bikes around, and takes up to 2 hot yoga classes a day. Alas, I can’t stomach the stuff….But then it clicked:
I could use coconut water in SMOOTHIES! And probably wouldn’t taste it very much! And still reap all the benefits!
And so it was: the Peaches n’ Blueberries Smoothie with Coconut Water.
This smoothie is refreshing, hydrating, and doesn’t taste like coconut water. Win, win, win.
Peaches n’ Blueberries Smoothie with Coconut Water
(all measurements are approximate; add or subtract according to your tastes)
4-5 frozen peach slices
1/4 c blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/3 c coconut water
2-4 T protein powder (I use Garden of Life RAW)
handful of baby spinach
1-2 ice cubes
Put all ingredients into a blender. Blend. Pour, drink, enjoy. Feel hydrated and electrolyte’d.
It’s seriously yummy.
(PS: Now, of course, I don’t think coconut water is magic, and the price tag is a bit too steep for me to invest in all that often, but for really hot summer weeks, I like having the option of giving my body a little extra dose of hydration. But there are also plenty of articles that point out why you don’t need to feel deprived if you don’t jump on the coconut water bandwagon.)
How do you feel about coconut water? Pro or Anti? What’s your favorite summer smoothie?