Stay hydrated with this great alternative to normal water.
There are plenty of store-bought coconut waters on the market, but many are expensive, and some even contain unnatural ingredients. Coconut water is an excellent source of electrolytes, making it a great option for runners and other athletes. Fresh coconut water is one of the best ways to replenish your body after a tough workout. Unlike plain water, it does contain calories, but if you love the taste of a refreshing coconut drink, our recipe for coconut water is a great alternative to sugary juices and sodas.
The Importance of Hydration
Many people struggle to drink enough water on a regular basis. There are debates about exactly how much is enough, and most research shows different people need different amounts of water – no surprises there. The best way to ensure you are getting enough water is to monitor your body closely. Do you suffer from headaches? Is your urine dark yellow in color? Do you feel sluggish or fatigued? Frequently constipated? You might be suffering from dehydration. Drinking plenty of water can not only eliminate these side effects, but will also improve digestion and support weight loss!
Why Coconut Water?
Unfortunately, if you don’t like the taste of water, or if your regular source of water just doesn’t taste good, reaching your daily water goals will be a real challenge. Drinks like coffee, tea, juice, and soda aren’t a solution to dehydration, either. While they certainly contain water, some of these drinks are diuretics that can actually dehydrate you further. Others are loaded with sugar and empty calories, or artificial ingredients.
So, instead of choking down just enough water each day to survive, give coconut water a try. Drinking just one glass each day can break up the monotony of plain water and help prevent dehydration. You can also mix it up with fruit-flavored water by adding strawberries, lemon, lime, watermelon, and even herbs like basil and mint! You might even try cucumber — it has more water in it than any other fruit or vegetable, and tastes refreshing, too.
Making Your Own
Making your own coconut water doesn’t involved a huge time commitment. You only need 10 minutes to make this delicious beverage. Of course, the only real tricky part is getting the “water” out of the fresh coconut, but we have created a quick video to help you with that process.
Once you have your water from the coconut, start by boiling a half cup of water. Once boiling, remove it from the heat and add the honey and salt. Stir the mixture until it’s completely dissolved. Add the remaining water, along with the coconut water, to a half gallon pitcher. Stir in the salt and honey mixture and refrigerate until you’re ready to pour a glass. Of course, you can always add ice if you want to serve it immediately. It’s really as simple as that!
Another added benefit of this process — you end up with some yummy coconut meat, too, that you can use in a number of ways, including
- Create your own shredded coconut by shredding the meat on a box grater, then drying in a dehydrator or low-temperature oven
- Make flaked coconut using a vegetable peeler, then use fresh in curries or, again, dry it as for shredded coconut
- Cut it into chunks and toss into stir fries
So you see, not only do you get high-quality homemade coconut water that can help you stay hydrated, but you end up with some tasty coconut meat as well! All from one source.
- 1 quart water we use distilled
- 2 tablespoons honey or pure maple syrup optional
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
- water of one coconut see the video below
- Heat 1/2 cup of the water to boiling, remove from heat, add honey and salt, stir until dissolved. Add the remaining water and coconut water to a 1/2 gallon size pitcher, pour in the honey water and stir to combine. Refrigerate until ready to use.
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If you enjoyed this simple coconut water recipe, we think you might also adore these naturally-flavored beverages:
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