There’s something about the first couple days of heat that always gets to me. Even though summer hasn’t officially begun, it’s been unseasonably hot here in Missouri. After sweating all day on the farm, I come home feeling worn out and dehydrated.
The one thing that really helps me adjust to summer temperatures is coconut water.
Coconut water – not to be confused with coconut milk – is the juice from young, green coconuts.
It’s higher in electrolytes than artificial sports drinks and has more potassium than a banana, making it the perfect beverage for summer.
In addition to being a natural sports drink, coconut water is fat-free, low in calories, and super delicious. It’s flavor is sweet-salty, slightly tart, and decidedly coconut-y.
You can find coconut water at Whole Foods, health food stores, Asian markets, Mexican markets, and larger grocery stores. Two of my favorite brands – O.N.E. and Vita Coco – come in juice boxes, which I’ll admit is kind of fun in itself. You can also find organic brands such as Nature Factor.
I like to drink chilled coconut water straight from the box, but it’s also wonderful in smoothies. Try it in this Mango and Passion Fruit Smoothie.