Coconut water plus cleansing greens and tart fruit make this drink taste like summertime in your mouth! Refreshing and light - I think it kind of resembles strawberry lemonade myself, but I'll let you be the judge of that. This light weight drink does pack a nutritional punch as well - rich in B vitamins, antioxidants, and packed with electrolytes to replenish your energy.
If you've never used coconut water before, it's actually been called, "Nature's Gatorade" as it is packed with electrolytes like potassium, sodium, manganese, and phosphorus, and calcium but clearly without the harmful sugars and GMO's.
Every cell in your body needs the right balance of electrolytes in order to maintain cell function and communicate with other systems. Electrolytes are also essential for building lean muscle, reducing inflammation, and maintaining healthy blood pressure. Most of us have experienced how the body feels when your electrolytes are low, like after participating in strenuous physical exercise or even after having one (or several) too many cocktails the night before (ahem).
The good news is that coconut water can help to replenish those electrolytes which will improve your energy level, your mood, and stamina as you go through your day. It will also help to alkalize your body so that your immune and other systems operate more efficiently. Try this beverage first thing in the morning or after a workout.
1 kiwi, peeled
1/3 cup frozen strawberries (about 3-5 berries only depending on the size)
½ of a lemon, peeled and seeds removed
2 cups spinach
1 cup romaine lettuce
1½ cups coconut water**
½ cup ice cubes
Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth.
**Coconut water is usually in the same aisle as juices, waters, and/or sodas. It VERY important to choose coconut water that is plain and unflavored with no added sugar or other ingredients.
Billie Shellist, FDN-P
I practice functional nutrition, an approach that allows me to look at your entire health history and help you find the "root causes" of your chronic health complaints.
This cuts out the trial and error process and helps you get real symptom relief and resolution!
Food is medicine and knowledge is power -I hope you enjoy my anti-inflammatory recipes which are gluten, dairy, and soy free as well as very low grain and sugar.
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