Coconut water and why it’s pretty awesome.

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So hydration – quite important right? The story goes – three days without water and you’re cactus.

In recent times though the fit and healthy crew have gone a bit overboard with DRINK ALL THE WATER!

But more than you actually need is not better at all and in fact can slow your metabolism down, overtax your kidneys and dilute the minerals and electrolytes your body actually needs to function correctly. More on that whole hullabaloo another time.

However that last point about electrolytes… leads me to coconut water.

Did you know that pure water may not be the actual best thing to hydrate your body properly?

SAY WHAT?

When you’re in hospital and they rehydrate you with a drip, it’s a mixture of saline solution and glucose – helping to enter the cells better than pure water.

So here comes coconut water from the young green coconut, already containing natural electrolytes. Nature rocks.

And while some articles such as this one… say specially formulated sports drinks are better, I for one, would rather use pure naturally occurring coconut water as a base and add a bit more mineral rich real salt and nutrient rich real raw honey as a sweetener myself, than drink the fluoro bright, chemical bombs on offer.

One coconut water I am loving at the moment is new Brisbane brand Cococoast. Sourced from Vietnam and available in plain green coconut with nothing added at all and passionfruit, which just has a hint of pure passionfruit juice added. No added sugar, no colours, no added flavours and nothing that you don’t need. It’s brilliant.

Both are perfect as is, or as the base for more adventurous concoctions.

Here are some of my creations:-

Passionfruit/Blueberry Gummies

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Passionfruit/Blueberry Popsicles

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Recipe…

I made the gummies and popsicles at the same time because they mostly have the same things in them but you get two different treats!

Blueberry jam part

1 cup frozen blueberries

2 TBS honey

1/2 cup Cococoast Passionfruit Coconut Water

1 TBS Peptipro Gelatin (orange tub)

Place the blueberries and honey in a saucepan over medium heat. Raise to a simmer and cook for approx 15 mins stirring occasionally.

Add the gelatin to the coconut water and stir through ensuring there are no lumps.

Then add the gelatin mixture to the blueberry mixture and stir through over the heat until it looks kind of melty and combined.

Half fill gummie moulds and pour a little into popsicle moulds tipping up the sides to get a coated effect. Put both in the freezer to set a little before the next layer.

Passionfruit Coconut layer

1 cup Cococoast Passionfruit Coconut Water

2 TBS Peptipro Gelatin (orange tub)

2 TBS honey

Place coconut water in a saucepan and sprinkle the gelatin over the top, mix through to ensure no lumps allowing the gelatin to bloom.

Add the honey stirring through and raise to barely a simmer.

Take the gummie and popsicle moulds out of the freezer and add the passionfruit mix on top. Gummies can then be returned to the fridge to complete their setting. About 1 hour.

Add a bit of the passionfruit mix to the popsicle moulds and return to the freezer.

Then make your coconut ice cream to add in – recipe here.

Heaven!

Passionfruit Coconut Super Drink

 

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Recipe…

1 cup Cococoast Passionfruit Coconut Water

1 TBS Peptipro Gelatin Hydrolysate (Blue tub)

1/2 cup San Pellegrino Mineral Water

1/4 tsp Himalayan Rock Salt

1/2 cup crushed ice

Optional extras…. splash of fresh OJ, 1 TBS Colloidal Minerals, garnishes like fresh mint, orange pieces, coconut sugar – your imagination can go wild!

But just with the original 5 ingredients listed, it is a mineral rich, super recovery drink that will knock your socks off and make your cells very happy campers.

So Cococoast Coconut Water is available in 500ml cans or 1.25 litre bottles (both BPA free) hopefully at a store near you! See stockist list below.

I tell you though, the Passionfruit flavour is rocking my world and will be added to my weekly grocery list for sure!

Bottoms up, Cheers and Saluti!

 

Kristy x

NB – All images where indicated courtesy of www.adrianalfordphotography.com

Stockist list

Night Owl network of stores
T Bones Aspley
Sam Coco Annerley
Rochedale Markets
Blunder Rd Country Markets
All About Fruit New Farm
Micks Nuts West End
Mister Fresh Browns Plains
Fruit and Deli Co Northlakes
Cleveland Discount Fruit Barn
Bio Shop Noosaville
IGA Landsborough
IGA Wurtulla
B Fresh Warana
Hilton Terrace Fruit and Veg Tewantin
Daniel Street Markets Caloundra
IGA Yandina
Jeffers Yandina
Howard Street Markets Nambour
Charlies Vegan Pantry (all locations)
The Greener Grocer Isle Of Capri
Ambarella Fine Foods Burleigh Waters
Flannerys Tugun
Tugun Fruit Market
Gold Coast Growers Market
Flannerys Maroochydore
IGA Hall St Bondi
IGA Breakfast Point
Fruit Ezy Chatswood Chase
Fruit Ezy Chatswood Westfield
Fruit Ezy Miranda
Panetta Mercado Macquarie Westfield
IGA Castle Crag
Foodworks Little Bay
Greener Grocer Maroubra
Kemenys Bondi
IGA Murwillumbah
IGA Tweed Valley
IGA Mullumbimby

 

2 thoughts on “Coconut water and why it’s pretty awesome.

  1. Pam

    I just love how passionate you are able eating healthily and how informative you are Kristy. I always look forward to reading your posts.

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