In the humble coconut is one of nature’s most amazing gifts. Coconut water, coconut milk and the flesh of the coconut can single handedly sustain the body and times of need. There are few foods that provide more fat, vitamins, minerals and good calories than that of the coconut. The water, milk can be used to hydrate and replenish the electrolyte balance in the body during high heat or strenuous exercise. The different parts of the coconut can be used in many baked goods, as well as in delicious and nutritious smoothies that nourish the body from the inside out. Coconut oil, milk, and water are also great additions to many of the things you need to keep the hair and skin healthy.
Not only is coconut a delicious and nutritious snack, coconut water can be used instead of plain water for general hydration and as an ingredient in any smoothie, protein shake, or mixed with fruit juices for the perfect boost of delicious energy. There is no need for energy drinks, sports drinks or other sugar and chemical laden beverages when you can find something this smooth, sweet and delicious in its’ natural state. People who have been lost in the wilds have been known to survive on coconuts for both calories and hydration. This has to be considered one of the top natural foods created by nature.
We don’t have to use coconuts to survive, but there is definitely a place for it on your menu. The easiest and most beneficial way to add coconut to your daily routine is by using coconut water in your daily smoothie, or protein shake. Simply freeze it in the ice cube tray so you can mix it with your favorite fruits, yogurts and milks for a refreshing beverage naturally packed with electrolytes that your body needs. You don’t have to get it directly from the coconut yourself; rather it can be purchased at just about any store in convenient single serve or larger containers. You can find coconut water mixed with natural flavors, fruit juices, or simply plain and simple on it’s own. The stay fresh packaging can often be stored in your fridge or pantry for a long time and you won’t have to worry about running out if you stock up when it is on sale to maximize your buying power.
Choose natural refreshment as often as possible, choosing to replace soda and other unhealthy habits with something much more beneficial for your health. It should not be surprising that one of the most desirable treats when traveling in tropical locations is simply a coconut broken open so you can sip the succulent liquid from it’s center before cracking it open fully to enjoy the rich oil and meaty flesh inside. The sweet fluid produced by a ripe and fresh coconut is hard to beat, especially on a hot day or after a hard work out. Nature provides, we simply have to look.