Not only is this my new fav post work out drink, it is also a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or 3pm slump pick me up. Why do I love it so much? It is refreshing, easy on my stomach, and if I’ve been sweating like a maniac it replenishes my electrolytes naturally. Yes. Naturally. Unlike the very well advertised Gatorades and Powerades and other “sports” drinks where they love to give you some electrolytes, BUT THEN ALSO ADD artificial flavors so you think it tastes good, artificial dyes to make it look pretty, sometimes artificial sugars so when you go to the nutrition label you can claim “There is no sugar in here,” to all your friends…..but say helloooooo artificial sweetener. Bottom line. Stay away.
So the liquid of this post work out drink—smoothie— is none other than raw, organic coconut water. If you pick a young coconut from a tree and shake it the liquid shaking around in there is coconut water. Once the coconut starts to mature, the less coconut water it will have and the more coconut meat. Coconut water is 95% water and rich in natural vitamins. It is a rich source of electrolytes and natural salts, especially potassium and magnesium. It contains five electrolytes your body needs. Potassium, sodium, magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. It is lightly sweet having about 1/5 the amount of sugar of other fruit juices and also contains a little fiber to moderate sugar absorption. Does this mean I drink it all the time? Heck no! Honestly…I hate the taste of coconut water on it’s own. Some people love it—–not me! BUT, I use it as my liquid in some smoothies like this one to help me (and my muscles) after a super sweaty workout or just because it makes some smoothies tastes super delicious.
- 1 cup raw organic coconut water
- ½ frozen banana
- 1-2 cups frozen or fresh organic spinach
- 1 inch of peeled ginger--more if you want more ZING.
- 1 tablespoon coconut butter
- ¼ cup organic raspberries (frozen or fresh)
- ¼ cup organic frozen blueberries
- 4 romaine leaves
- Combine coconut water, frozen banana, and ginger and mix in blender.
- Add all remaining ingredients until blended.
- Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.
I sometimes will do 1/2 cup Aloe Water and 1/2 cup coconut water depending on my mood. I personally like most of my fruits frozen because I like it icy cold. And more great news…..I had to make this early in the morning and then go to work out and see clients—-about a three hour time frame—so I added some ice cubes and it actually tasted just as good, if not better than if you drink it immediately. That is NOT the case with most smoothies in my experience and I am wayyyyyy picky. And in case you are wondering….I added the berries for a high fiber antioxidant boost, the ginger because it aids in digestion and adds great flavor, the romaine because it has vitamins and is made of mostly water, spinach because it is a nutritional powerhouse, coconut butter because I wanted a healthy fat in there to keep me full if I am drinking it as a meal replacement, and the banana because it is rich in potassium and makes the smoothie taste yummy.