Coconut water’s explosion in popularity has been amazing to watch. Having grown up with coconut water as a part of my everyday life, it’s been kinda cool to see the beverage be so excitedly embraced by the American mainstream.
The American adoption of coconut water means a lot of changes for coconut water purists. From changes in packaging to new added flavors to ways of ingesting the elixir, it’s a brand new day. Now there are coconut water ice pops for sale, and shelves are crowded with all kinds of flavors of coconut water. When my dad came to visit me recently, I tried to introduce him to chocolate coconut water and he was nothing short of horrified. He actually used the word “abomination.” It is that serious.
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Through the new coconut water awakening, I’ve learned a few things about the all-natural drink I grew up loving. Number one, not everyone has a love-at-first-sip experience with coconut water. For some, those added flavors help them get the nutrition of coconut water without the flavor (which sounds ridiculous, I know). Secondly, because of the popularity of smoothies, I’ve learned a new use for coconut water!
In Trinidad, I discovered, coconut water is pretty much consumed as is, or it’s used as a mixer in cocktails. I never thought of blending it with ingredients like strawberries and spinach until this year. And now I ADORE a coconut water-based smoothie. It rejuvenates you after a workout, delivers the antioxidants, calcium, magnesium and potassium your body needs, and the sweet, light, pleasant flavor doesn’t overpower the smoothie like yogurt or juice can. When I push myself to exercise and then drink one of these in the morning, I feel like nothing can stop me!
Thanks to the folks at Naked Coconut Water, I’ve been experimenting with new flavors and have pretty much nailed my smoothie recipe down. Here’s my basic recipe when making a coconut water smoothie.
3 parts fruit – I hate bananas so I usually use frozen peaches, mango, or pineapple as a base to thicken the smoothie. Then, I add berries of choice. I have bags and bags of frozen fruit in my freezer, so combinations often include strawberries, blueberries or blackberries.
1 part veggies – Kale or spinach. Choose your favorite!
Add coconut water to your desired consistency. One 11.2-oz package of Naked Coconut Water should work!
If you need more of a specific recipe, might I recommend Dr. Oz’s coconut water-based “dinner” smoothie? He gets ambitious and adds cayenne and flax seeds.
And if you really, really want an Afrobella-specific recipe, here’s one of my standard favorites!
Afrobella’s Morning Strawberry Piña Colada Smoothie
2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
1/2 cup frozen peach slices
6 or 7 large frozen strawberries
1 cup fresh baby kale leaves
One 11.2-oz. package Naked Coconut Water.
Blend baby kale and coconut water first.
Then add strawberries and pineapple. Blend till smooth.
Best enjoyed after an awesome morning workout.
What are your favorite smoothie recipes? Do you love coconut water as a base? Tell me!
This post was sponsored by Naked Coconut Water, but the opinions are always mine.