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Liquid Friday: Coconut Water Smoothies Make The Best Sports Drinks by 'Sunithi Selvaraj'

"Tell me what you eat,and I will tell you who you are."
So,what is your answer?Chili cheese dogs and fries?Or baked chicken breasts and rice?If unhealthy is the reply,do not worry - Sunithi from Sue's Nutrition Buzz is here to add a dose of healthy eating(Or rather drinking!) to your life!
The second post of 'Simply Fahad-istic!'s Best/Ten Most Talented Food Bloggers' features the registered dietitian,who happens to be the Queen of Smoothies.Sunithi aka Sue,works as a community Nutritionist in Washington,D.C. and obviously has a passion for healthy eating.She also claims to have a sweet tooth!So how does she manage satisfying that sweet tooth of hers while eating healthily?The secret lies in her guilt free desserts - a healthy Grilled Mango Parfait with creamy Greek Yogurt and crispy,Toasted Almonds ,a Roasted Banana Coconut Ice Cream topped with a warm Rum and Honey Glaze and the creamy, Indian version of Rice Pudding,Kheer .With preparations like that,who can guess it is health food?Oh,and since she is the Queen of Smoothies,you really need to check her Smoothie Central page!Today is also our lucky day because she seems to be sharing two of her favorite smoothie recipes with us here!So,without further ado,over to you,Sunithi! 

Cool coconut water blended with some fruit can be a great sports drink. Did you know that?  Yep! You can ditch the Gatorade and other sugary sports drink and get your hydration from all natural coconut water. The coconut water craze is becoming more and more popular these days. Even more so after stars like Serena Williams and Michael Jordan called it the hydrating drink of their choice!!  Coconut water refers to the juice inside a coconut which is picked off the tree while it is still tender. In several tropical counties, street side vendors sell coconut water to passersby. Growing up in India I have pleasant memories of drinking coconut water straight from the coconut with a straw dipped into it! Quite a feeling and everyone time I visit it’s the first drink I reach for. Blending it with a little fruit adds to the nutrients making it a nutrient dense sports drink! Yes!! That’s right. Ditch the sweet stuff and go for all natural Coconut Water Smoothies as your choice of sports drinks! Just make sure you have a spill proof sport water bottle with ice to carry your portable smoothie to the gym or wherever you work out so you can hydrate naturally!!

Coconut Water is loaded with hydrating electrolytes which make it an ideal sports drink. It helps replenish salts and nutrients lost during a workout. High in potassium and low in sodium it’s a great drink for anyone with blood pressure. A lot of people don’t like drinking it plain which is why blending it with fruit makes a perfectly balanced, healthy yummy drink.

You can add your favorite fruit to coconut water and just blend it up. I personally find I don’t need sugar but if you want it sweeter, add some natural honey to it. Since I don’t get fresh coconut water here in the states, I buy the packaged kind. I found a brand which tastes as close to the real deal as possible. Vita Coco coconut water is great and has that smooth authentic flavor, which is why I use it. I am sharing with you two of my favorite coconut water smoothies.

Servings : 2

1 cup coconut water
1 cup mango chunks
1 teaspoon ginger

Servings : 2

1 cup coconut water
1/2 coconut milk
1 cup pineapple chunks
1 teaspoon mint

Have you ever made coconut water smoothies before? If you have, do share! Would love to hear from you! If you haven’t, get creative now!! Easy, refreshing and healthy to boot!

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03/11/2012, 20:20

Ha Ha ! You made me sound so healthy and glam !! Thanks for the opportunity to guest post :) Enjoyed it and really glad to met a creative foodie blogger like you ! Queen of smoothies huh ? Will have to make you one when I visit India next !!

21/11/2012, 05:34

apart from the unhealthy sports drink available in the market its always better to make one yourself using fresh ingredients rather than artificial flavors and replacing sugar with the fruits natural sweetness.Thank you for posting these recipes and i'm surely going to try them out.

08/03/2013, 05:24

Try this one:

1 & 1/2 cups coconut water
1/2 cup frozen raspberries
2 tablespoons non fat plain yoghurt
1 tablespoon oat bran
1 tablespoon cacao powder
2 teaspoons honey

Got everything you need to take you through to lunch.

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