Thursday, August 5, 2010

I've got a lovely bunch of coconuts!




Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head!! Hahaha. I had to throw that in there. Love me some Lion King. Anyway, don't y'all just love coconut??? The smell and taste bring me straight to the tropics! Not only is it delicious but it's also very healthy!! Coconuts are rich in specific fats that have great health benefits.






Coconut water has been known to re-hydrate the body, raise your metabolism, boost your immune system, cleanse your digestive tract, break up kidney stones, fight viruses, cure hangovers, boost thyroid health, eliminate swelling, reduce wrinkles and balance your ph among many other things!! And if you're into Ayurveda, I've read that drinking coconut water can have a calming, stress relieving effect. I came up with 10 different ways for us to use coconut water so we can all benefit from this wonderful fruit!









I know you can find coconut water in health food stores or on the internet but I'm not sure if you will find it at your local grocery store or not. Make sure you get natural coconut water with no added sugars. It's pretty sweet all by itself!





1. Make tea with coconut water instead of plain! I made my decaf Earl Grey with coconut water and it was DELICIOUS!

2. Pour yourself a glass of coconut water with a few drops of lemon juice. A cool, refreshing drink for the summer!

3. Make your regular rice with coconut water instead for a delicious side dish!

4. Freeze the coconut water in an ice cube tray and add to any drink for a taste of yummy coconut.

5. Add a cup of coconut water to your favorite smoothie recipe. I love to add it to strawberries and bananas. The coconut water helps to replenish your body after a workout!

6. Add it to your shampoo and/or conditioner for oily hair. (I haven't tried this yet but I'm definitely going to!)

7. Smooth coconut water over your face and leave on for about 15 minutes before rinsing. It helps to clean, tone and hydrate your skin. I've read about it helping with acne and acne scars too!

8. Mix coconut water and your favorite fruits, freeze and you have yourself a delicious popsicle. :)

9. Soak your feet in a mixture of warm water and coconut water. It hydrates the skin and makes them nice and soft.

10. Soak your fingernails in coconut water before a manicure to soften your cuticles and hydrate any dry skin around them.





There are tons of ways to utilize coconut water! It seems like a miracle liquid! Even celebrities are taking notice of it.















Do you need any more reasons to get yourself some coconut water ASAP?!








22 comments:

  1. The smell of coconut always reminds me of Malibu. (The drink, not the place.) The thought of drinking coconut water actually makes me gag a little, I have no idea why!

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  2. Mmmm! This sounds great, and I love how you incorporated it in so many useful ways. I used to make a coconut rice dish with coconut milk, but it's just so high in fat. This is a great substitute for flavor with way less calories! Thanks!

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  3. I've seen the stuff in the grocery stores but never really knew what to do with it. Now I do, thanks!

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  4. I love anything coconut...fragrance,taste etc :))) and I love your twilight cupcakes so cute :))))

    Sorry I haven't commented in a while... I have a real hard time opening your comments browser...both on my home computer and work...not sure if anyone else is experiencing the same..

    Dee

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  5. I have not tried coconut water, but I have tried coconut milk at a vegan restaurant in Los Angeles and it was disgusting! I don't know how I feel about trying coconut water... my taste buds have been off lately!

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  6. OMG this post could not have been more timely!One of my great friends just gave me one of those small cartons of coconut water and told me I MUST try it. She said it is so good. The one she gave me is called vita coco. I am trying it out today! And thanks for the great tips!
    naina

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  7. Okay - you are just full of so many helpful, healthy tips. Do you really like drinking it by itself? How is it in terms of calories??

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  8. Just saw this for the first time in Fresh Market the other day...adding it to smoothies sounds delish!

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  9. Isn't coconut just the perfect summer scent? So fresh and delicious!

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  10. Oooh I want to try this now. I love all things coconut. Exciting! :)

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  11. Nicely done....Love coconut, love this post...I make smoothies everyday at 3:00 (my carpool treat) and I am incorporating coconut water for sure....also Fresh Market is opening here next week (big time happy dancer will be me)...Thanks again!

    P.S. Love, loved the Twilight cupcakes!!!!

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  12. I have never even heard of coconut water! I have only ever had a frozen drink out of one :) Good to know!! Thanks for the info!

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  13. Such fun ideas!! I think I am going to have to go out and get some coconut water! Great post.

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  14. LOVE coconut water! I have been drinking it ever since The Goop told me too ;P

    <3 Cute blog!

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  15. I still haven't tried coconut water, but now I definitely will. Love all the suggestions you gave!

    xo
    Valerie

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  16. Celebs know what's good, they always dig up some healthy stuff

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  17. Ahh Chuck Bass likes Coconut water! That is so funny! I am not too much of a coconut fan but I must say that these are such creative and smart ideas, I am impressed! I want to try some of them!

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  18. The coconut body wash from Bath and Body Works is currently in my shower! LOVE the smell, it always makes me think of tropical vacations. I might have to go buy some coconut water. Thanks for the advice and tips! :-)

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  19. Yum! And by the way, I love that from the Lion King too. I knew exactly what you were singing. :)

    I'm obsessed with the Coconut Lime lotion from Bath and Body Works and used to use it for years!!!

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  20. I mean, I love the smell of coconut and was going to look for it anyway. Then you went ahead and added the pics of the celebs. Im SO onboard! ha ha

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  21. as a coconut fanatic (listed on my About Me!) I must try this.

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