- Like other sports drinks (i.e. Gatorade), coconut water contains electrolytes, which your body needs to replenish as you sweat them out to prevent muscle cramping and dangerous dehydration.
- Coconut water also contains carbohydrates, which are necessary to consume if you are doing one hour or more of high-intensity exercise, like running.
- Unlike other sports drinks, coconut water is natural. It contains these fitness-focused nutrients without the artificial stuff.
In addition to serving as a sports drink, coconut water is also a great choice for a lower-calorie substitute for juice or a low sodium cooking alternative. Give these quick and easy recipes a try:
- Smoothie: Blend 1 cup frozen fruit + 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt + 1/2 cup coconut water. Perfect breakfast for the summer heat!
- Coconut rice: (makes 4 servings) Boil 2 cups coconut water in small heavy saucepan. Add 1 cup brown rice, cover, and reduce heat to simmer for 45 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed. The coconut water gives the rice a slightly sweet flavor--perfect stir fry accompaniment!