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Coconut Water Lemonade

Coconut Water Lemonade

In the past few years, I’ve been so happy to see that coconut water has become a mainstream drink in the United States. Everything tastes so much better with coconut water, including this lemonade, an all-American favorite. Trust me on this, once you try my coconut water lemonade, you will never, EVER go back to regular lemonade.

You can get canned coconut water easily from any store now. I used some fresh and homegrown lemons and calamansi limes (or calamondin), given to me by my friend, and mixed it with the coconut water. All you need is a little bit of sugar and ice, and you will have the most amazing lemonade; everyone will be begging you for more!

Coconut Water Lemonade – amazing and refreshing lemonade made with coconut water and fresh lemon juice. The best lemonade recipe ever!

Total Time: 10 Minutes

4 cups canned coconut water
5 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3 calamansi lime, extract the juice, optional
3 tablespoons sugar or agave nectar
2 lemons, sliced
2 cups ice
Mint leaves, for garnishing

In a pitcher, combine the coconut water, lemon juice, calamansi lime juice and sugar together. Stir to mix well. Add the sliced lemons and ice into the pitcher. Pour the lemonade into glasses and garnish with mint leaves.

Slice the lemon into pieces, set aside.

I used Kimbo Young Coconut Juice with pulp and strained out the pulp.

You may skip the calamansi lime if you don’t have it. They are the fruits from the calamondin tree. They are available in Southeast Asian stores or Filipino food stores.

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coconut water lemonade

Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Let’s face it. Some of the healthiest foods on the planet can cause some serious bloat. I’m looking at you, broccoli. Sorry lentils, I love you, but you aren’t doing my stomach any favors.

Now, I would never cut those healthy foods out of my diet just because they cause me to get bloated. I just am careful not to eat them before I’m going out on a date night with my hubby. Or any time I want to wear something that isn’t loose.

The good news is, just as there are foods that can cause bloating, there are also some foods that can fight the bloat. I stuffed a whole bunch of anti-bloating foods into a smoothie. Why? For those times when you need something to eat, but really don’t want a bloated stomach.

Let’s take a look at what’s inside this smoothie and why it won’t cause you to bloat.

Cucumbers: They are loaded with water, which helps fight bloating.

Banana: Bananas are high in potassium. Potassium helps regulate sodium levels, which prevents water retention. Too much sodium is a big cause of bloating, so that’s why bananas (and other foods high in potassium) help with bloating.

Coconut Water: Like bananas, coconut water is high in potassium.

Ginger: Ginger is a natural anti-inflammatory food as well as a digestive aid. It soothes the digestive system and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract, which keeps you from getting bloated. You know I love my ginger. Take a look at that huge hunk of fresh ginger in the picture below. I eat one of those per week.

Apple Cider Vinegar: I list this one as optional in the smoothie recipe because the smoothie absolutely tastes better without it. Apple cider vinegar, however, is a rock star for reducing gas and bloating. So if you are super serious about reducing your bloat, add this to your smoothie.

The taste of this anti-bloating smoothie is fresh. I love the cucumber and ginger together, and the banana sweetens it up just enough. The coconut water flavor is subtle, not overpowering. I really don’t love coconut water on its own, but do love it in my smoothies. It’s filled with electrolytes, so it’s a great naturally hydrating beverage choice. If you choose to add the apple cider vinegar it muddles the flavor a bit, but is still good.

May your days be bloat-free, friends!

Cucumber Coconut Water
The Anti-Bloat Smoothie Recipe

Makes 1 large or 2 small smoothies
1/2 cup coconut water
1 banana
1 large cucumber, sliced
1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and sliced
handful of ice

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until super smooth. Enjoy!

Hardcore Version: Add 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar to the mix.

 

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Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

Tropical Smoothie with Coconut Water

It’s cold out which means I’m dreaming of the tropics!!! When the tropical craving hits, a trip to the frozen foods section of my grocery store can provide some beachy-inspiration in no time. My tasty 5-ingredient tropical smoothie is just what the doctor ordered!

I start with fresh bananas, then frozen pineapple, frozen mangoes, a fresh orange, and…the last ingredient… drum roll…

Coconut water!  I’m obsessed with the stuff, and always keep it on hand as a nice natural source of electrolytes to drink during and after workouts.  But as it turns out, coconut water is also the perfect light tropical liquid for blending up smoothies!

Just toss all of the ingredients into your Vitamix and puree to perfection.

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie Recipe

I went to Whole Foods the other night after spin class and ended up ordering the best smoothie. It’s their Tropical Green Smoothie! It consists of spinach, coconut water, banana, pineapple, and mango.

I love getting smoothies from juice bars and markets when I’m low on time and groceries, but sometimes I don’t think their smoothies are thick enough. My recipe is a little bit thicker but tastes just like theirs! If you like thick smoothies, you are in the right place! But if you like your smoothies a little thinner, no problem, just add some extra coconut water to the recipe!

Whole Foods Tropical Green Smoothie

1/2 – 1 cup coconut water
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup pineapple
1/2 cup mango
huge handful of spinach

Start with 1/2 cup of coconut water and add more if needed or desired. Blend until creamy and smooth.

Vitamix Blending Tips:
Some of you have asked me what settings I use on my blender.
Vitamix blenders can look intimidating, but they are so easy to use!

  • Start by placing all of the ingredients into the blender, followed by the lid, and plunger.
  • I usually start off on variable 5 as I jam all of the ingredients down with the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients have all been pushed to the bottom, I like to bring the variable speed up to 7 or 8 until it starts moving on it’s own without the plunger.
  • Once the ingredients start blending without the help of the trusty Vitamix plunger, I hit the “HIGH” switch and let it run until it blends super smooth and even!
Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe

Coconut can be an acquired taste, but it is one of the best ingredients that you can use in a smoothie recipe. This includes the use of coconut as a fruit and coconut water or milk. The coconut flesh is not often used in smoothies, yet it provides the perfect consistency for making smoothies – similar to using an avocado or a frozen banana.

By combining coconut with other tropical fruits, such as mangoes or pineapple you can make a satisfying tropical smoothie. If you are put off by coconut, maybe it will help to look over some of the benefits of consuming coconut.

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Coconuts contain an abundance of minerals, including iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and phosphorous. It also contains all your B vitamins – including folate. When you drink coconut water or milk, you will also get a healthy dose of electrolytes, which are commonly used in sports drinks, due to their ability to keep you hydrated.

Coconuts have been used for food and medicinal purposes for thousands of years. They have been used to treat diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome, fatigue, and other ailments. Studies have shown that consuming coconut can increase your energy levels and rejuvenate your system. Drinking a green detox smoothie with coconut will help flush out your system and cleanse your digestive tract.


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Additional Nutrients

Coconut is not the only ingredient in this green smoothie that provides beneficial nutrients. Kale is included for its calcium, with over 300 milligrams per serving.

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup of coconut milk
  • ¼ cup of fresh coconut
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 banana (frozen)
  • 3 cups of kale (chopped)
  • ½ a lime

Coconut Green Smoothie Recipe Directions

To make your coconut-green smoothie, pour the coconut milk into your Vitamix blender. Peel the oranges and remove the seeds. Add the oranges and banana. Then add the kale and the lime. Blend the ingredients for about thirty seconds. Your smoothie should have a creamy consistency. If it remains chunky, blend for another thirty seconds.

If you absolutely cannot find coconut milk, you can replace it with almond milk. Coconut water could also work as a substitute, but your smoothie may not taste as rich and creamy.

This coconut-green smoothie works as a meal replacement, packing in 430 calories, 90 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of protein, and 15 grams of fiber. The total serving size is 32 ounces. Some people may have trouble drinking this in one meal. If you find 32-ounces to be too much, store the leftovers in your fridge, but try to drink it within the next 12 hours.

Coconut is a beneficial tropical fruit that is often ignored. It provides a variety of minerals and is a good source of B vitamins. If you are looking to put a twist on your green smoothie recipes, try adding coconut.