Coconut Water in Smoothies, Pops, Salad Dressing And More

Coconut water cocktail with chunks of ice.
Coconut water cocktail with chunks of ice.

Coconut water is rich in electrolytes, potassium, and other vital elements. Its free of cholesterol and fat, low in calories, and its truly a refreshing drink that health freaks are crazy about. However, if you are not a great fan of coconut water, add it to your food. It can be used in smoothies, salad dressings, salsas and even in flour-less chocolate cakes. You get the nutritional value as well as its sweetness in your food.

Healthy Easy To Make Coconut Water Recipes

  • Mixed fruit smoothie – Blend together a glass of coconut water along with cubed pineapple, mango, apple and watermelon.
  • Popsicle for kids – Blend pineapple juice and coconut water and pour it into the popsicle mold. Its the tastiest frozen snack enjoyed by children on a hot summer’s day. Here you can replace pineapple with ripe strawberries.
  • Pancake sauce – A glass of coconut water, 1/2 cup peanut butter, 1/4 powdered sugar. Blend it well to make a saucy consistency. Gently drizzle it over your pancakes. Store the remaining sauce. Will stay fresh for a couple of days.
  • Coconut cocktail – Make a syrup with soaked black currant and ginger. To this mix vodka and coconut water to enhance the taste of this drink.

Kale and summer fruits salad with coconut water vinaigrette

Ingredients

  •  1 bunch kale finely chopped, 1 peach, plum sliced, 1/2 blackberries, 1/2 cup almonds.
  • For the coconut vinaigrette – 1/4 cup coconut water, 2 Tsp fresh lemon juice, 2Tsp olive oil, 1tsp salt.

Method

Combine all the above ingredients other than almonds, peaches, plums, and blackberries into a large salad bowl. Mix kale with vinaigrette till the leaves become soft and dark green.  Toss all the sliced fruits into bowl and mix well with kale. Garnish the salad with almonds and blackberries.

Simple flour-less chocolate cake with coconut water

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut water
  • 4 ounce cooking butter/unsalted butter
  • 6 eggs separated
  • 1 pound of bitter chocolate
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • pinch of salt

Method

Pre-heat oven at 375 degree centigrade.  Also prepare a 9-inch cake tin.

Over a double boiler or in a microwave, melt butter, chocolate and coconut water.

In bowl whisk egg yolks and sugar to a ribbon like consistency.

Add melted chocolate mixture to yolk-sugar mixture.

Whip egg whites and salt to a soft peak. Now gently fold the egg white into a chocolate mixture. Pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.

Bake for 35-40 minutes at 180 degrees or till the tooth pick comes out clean. cool it on the wire rack before slicing. Serve with cream or ice cream.

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Why You Should Drink Coconut Water

Coconut Water Healthy or Hyped?

Coconut Water is dubbed as Nature’s sports drink.  It’s a natural isotonic drink that is power packed with electrolytes, vitamins and minerals in natural form. Its Nature’s gift to mankind. Loved by the sports personnel, common man, and celebrities alike, this humble liquid found in the hard to crack nut, is the latest hot new health drink. Celebrities Lara Bingle, Madonna, Demi and others all swig it for its nutritional goldmine.

What Is Coconut Water

It’s a clear liquid found inside the young, green and undamaged coconuts. The nuts that are harvested for reaping its drink are young and tender. The coconut water is relished worldwide for its nutritious value and is also the most refreshing drink.  This drink is available in health food outlets and popular online stores in pre-packaged form.

Top Reasons Why Drinking Coconut Water Is Good For Health

 

The natives of the Caribbean islands use it as a heart tonic. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) wing of the United Nations says its packed with natural electrolytes. This low fat and highly nutritional drink is a healthy alternative to sugar and calorie packed juices and soft drinks. Its consumed by those who are on a weight loss spree.

  • Rich In Nutrients– This is one drink that all individuals irrespective of their medical conditions can enjoy. It contains all the essential electrolytes and minerals such as sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. When the summer sun dehydrates you, sipping coconut water revives and rejuvenates your stamina.
  • Reduces Blood Pressure– Drinking coconut each morning helps to balance the electrolytes. This in turn stabilizes the blood pressure. It also brings down the cholesterol levels and prevents blood clots.
  • Keeps The Body Hydrated– Human body loses mineral rich fluids when doing rigorous activities. Drinking coconut water boosts hydration as it contains 294 mg of potassium, 25 mg of sodium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass.
  • Hangover Remedy– The next time when you have a couple of drinks more than your stomach can handle, consume this clear liquid to settle your stomach. It will replace all those essential electrolytes that the body loses during the frequent bouts of vomiting.
  • Aids In Digestion– If you suffer from acidity problems, consume at least one glass of coconut water. Its rich in fiber that facilitates digestion and reduces acidity.
  • Smooth Glowing Skin– Regular consumption of coconut water reduces acne and other blemishes on the skin. It’s a natural source of cytokinins, that regulates cell growth and slows down aging of cells. Apply this liquid on your face to get a glowing and smooth skin.
  • Compatible With Human Blood– It quickly rehydrates the human body. In case of a medical emergency coconut water is administered intravenously. Remember its isotonic to human plasma.

There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount you can consume on a regular basis. Coconut water can be combined with hard beverages or other fruit juices or enjoyed simply as a standalone drink.