I drink a lot of liquids. I start off my breakfast with 24 ounces of fresh, raw vegetable juice, and I recently have found that bottled carrot juice, although unfortunately pasteurized, is the equivalent to my coffee. That being said, one of my favorite ways to stay hydrated is coconut water.
Coconut water is naturally high in electrolytes, making it my favorite pre, and post-workout beverage. With more potassium than a banana, it knocks the socks off chemical-ridden sports drinks that are typically loaded with unnatural ingredients, and sugars, and very high in sodium. It troubles me to watch my younger brother down a few sport-”ades”, because he “needs” them for his workout. Granted, I understand that they are all beautiful colors, but… um… Trust me, the last thing our body needs after a strenuous workout is a few bottles of liquid chemicals.
Coconuts… specifically, fresh, young Thai coconuts are my favorite thirst quencher/”sports” drink. You really can’t beat Mother Nature’s own sports drink. Recently, coconut water has taken the grocery shelves by storm, and although it is pasteurized, and in my opinion, incomparable to the benefits you receive when opening your own coconut, I understand that the best way to enjoy coconut water, is definitely not the most practical.
That being said, now that coconut water is on most every shelf, there is no excuse to be drinking that “other” florescent liquid, little brother.
While I love coconut water on it’s own, I am always looking for new ways to improve the health benefits of everything I enjoy. Superior digestion is one of the keys to increased energy. In the simplest of terms, if the body’s energy is focused on trying to break down food, you are going to feel sluggish (you know how you lose steam after eating a heavy meal…?). That being said, probiotics, i.e. healthy bacteria, aid in digestion, and support a healthy immunity. So I figured, why not combine the two!?
6-8 oz Coconut Water
1 capsule live probiotics (I like Udo’s adult Probiotics)
Blend (or the probiotics will just float on top)
Serve chilled for a hydrating beverage with a deliciously delicate milky flavor.
Although a raw young coconut is ideal for optimal energy, a pasteurized coconut drink (like the ones running rampant in most groceries) will suffice! Drink Instead of sports drinks…
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