Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Spa Girl is into her 'agya de coco' (Coconut Water)

It seems lately that every time I head to the health food store, or the local grocery more shelves are being stocked with coconut water.  So naturally I tried a few different varieties and it's fabulous, then I did some research and discovered coconut water is a powerhouse of anti ageing properties.

Mother Nature seldom gets it wrong and coconut water is no exception. It is  a rich source of natural fibre, calcium, magnesium, and potassium, making it a healthy electrolyte drink.  It is low in sodium and has negligible amounts of cholesterol.  And those who drink coconut water on a daily basis generally have a lovely complexion!

This heavenly hard-shell fruit is known botanically as Cocos nucifera and comes from the coconut palm. Coconut water is extracted from the young green coconuts.
I made a coconut water and mango smoothie which was divine!  There are many ways to integrate coconut into your everyday.  Consider not only drinking coconut water, but coconut pulp, coconut oil and coconut cream can be worked into your beauty routine. There are also many other benefits including increased hydration, better digestion, great complexion, high in  antioxidants and the list goes on!

Wikipedia says...

“Coconuts for drinking are carefully packaged and sold in many places. These are typically Asian coconuts whose outer green husk has been removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic. In Central America, particularly in Costa Rica and Panama, it is found and sold in strategic highway stops or on the beaches; there, the coconut water is called “agua de pipa”, and the coconut is cut in front of the customer to ensure its freshness. In Brazil, coconut water is called “√°gua de coco,” and is the second best-selling juice after orange juice. Coconut water can also be found in ordinary cans or tetra paks (and often has coconut pulp or coconut jelly added) and is also marketed as a sports drink because of its high potassium and mineral content. In fact, one cup-full of coconut water contains more electrolytes than most sports drinks and more potassium than a banana.

For those who extol its benefits, coconut water is the best drink found on the planet. 

Here is how to make my Coconut Water & Mango Smoothie
1 fresh mango (or any of your favourite colourful fruits)2 cups coconut waterpinch of cayennesplash of fresh lime
blend and enjoy!

Check out the many benefits of this tropical water...

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