Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Summer Coconut Lemon Quench


Coconut Lemon Quench Just because its cold outside, doesn't mean your body isn't still crying out for hydration. I am sure, like me, you have noticed your skin a little dryer, your clothes a little more sticky and perhaps you have had to plug in your humidifier.

Here enters coconut water. It is the ultimate in rehydrating beverages. Some even refer to it as nature's Gatorade (but without all the scary fluorescent coloring, sugar, vegetable oil, and high fructose corn syrup. Here is my super powered super hydrating solution that can be enjoy during the summer.

In Sanskrit, the coconut palm is known as kalpa vriksha, meaning "tree which gives all that is necessary for living".  During the Pacific War of 1941-45, both sides in the conflict regularly used coconut water - siphoned directly from the nut to give emergency plasma transfusions to wounded soldiers. In tropical climates where coconuts grow native, children will often drink coconut water with their meals and a snack as children here drink juice boxes.  Also a great beverage to treat dehydration children and adults alike following excessive sun exposure, or illness causing diarrhea or vomiting.

Coconut water can be purchase in the fridge section of any health food store.

Health Benefits
This is an ideal beverage to replace electrolytes post work out. It is rich in vitamins and minerals, low in sugar and is easy to drink. Additionally, it works great as a thirst quencher on those hot summer days and is perfect to replenish fluids in the dryness of the winter and of course on those mornings following that big nights out.

  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolytic balance as we have in our blood. It is full of natural sugars, salts, and vitamins to ward off post work out fatigue. Coconut water has 15x more potassium than most sport drink, no added sugars, no fat, no cholesterol and no preservatives.
  • Lemons contain unique flavanoid compounds with anti-cancer properties. Also rich in antioxidants including Vitamin C, lemons helps protect the body from free radical damage and boost the immune system. Lemons have been found to help protect against inflammation associated with arthritis.
  • Ginger is rich in potassium, magnesium and manganese, all important minerals in maintaining electrolyte balance. Ginger is also very effective at relieving gastrointestinal distress and possesses numerous therapeutic properties including antioxidant effects, and has direct anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Sea salt is effective for the regulation of blood pressure, extracts excess acidity from the cells in the body, particularly the brain cells, helps balance blood sugar levels. Sea salt is also vital for the generation of hydroelectric energy in cells of the body, helps, clearance of the lungs of phlegm and is essential for prevention of muscle cramps.
  • Honey has anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties and also aids in wound healing. Honey helps sustain favorable blood sugar concentrations after endurance training, important for maintaining muscle glycogen stores, so that muscle recuperation is more efficient.

Coconut Lemon Quench

1 lemon
1 1/2 cups coconut water (or 1 tetra pack)
1/2 cup water (or more depending on desired concentration)
1 tbsp honey
1/2 tsp grated ginger root
Sea salt to taste

1. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into blender
2. Add coconut water, water, honey, ginger and sea salt into blender
3. Blend
4. For the vegans: replace honey with agave nectar

  • For the kids: freeze and make delicious, healthful popsicles
  • For the pool-side loungers: replace 1/2 cup of water with ice and make a super rad slush
  • For the drinkers: throw in a little tequila and ice and you’ve got yourself a margarita (though you may want to save the coconut water to take care of the hang over the next day).

5. Drink up with a smile or keep refrigerated for up to two weeks. So many options!

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