Thursday, April 10, 2014

Smoothie Collaboration <> With Purity Organic Coconut Water

Smoothie below contains: Chocolate Coconut Water, Banana, Mango, Spinach, Raw Unsalted Almond Butter, Soaked Raw Almonds, Dried Apricots, Chia Seed Gel, Ground Flax Seeds // Topped with Unsweetened Coconut 

2 Layer Smoothie contains: Organic Mango Coconut Water, kale, strawberry, banana, mango, blueberry, avocado, flax seed // Green layer:  mango coconut water, coconut cream, pineapple, kale, banana // Topped with bee pollen, chia seed, coconut & cayenne pepper

  I was recently asked by Purity Organic to create some smoothie recipes using their Organic Coconut Water as an ingredient. I received a nice load of various flavors and they are delicious and come from organic coconuts sourced in the Philippines - where my mom's from.  I have loved coconut water since I first went to the Philippines 12 years ago.  I drank so much of it straight out of the fresh, young coconuts, called macapuno, then scraped out the soft flesh to eat.  I still vividly recall my trip there when I was 19, with my mom, sister, aunts, uncles and cousins. There we met many more family members and visited the house my mom grew up in and where my grandmother still lived.  It was right by the ocean- the water lapped the side of the house.  It was so great to see all of the old family photos on the walls, and to walk around her village and through the tropical forest, to see bananas and coconuts growing everywhere.  There's nothing like picking fresh fruit and eating it on the spot. We'd watch these men climb the tall trees and throw coconuts down, then hack them in half with big knives- delicious water splashing everywhere.  Yum.

  Now my daughter and husband love drinking coconut water as well, and I make smoothies with it and with coconut milk.  Coconuts contain so many health benefits, whether you use their water, oil, milk or flesh.  I use it in some form every day.  Here are a few reasons:

1.  Their saturated fat- lauric acid- helps increase good, heart-healthy HDL cholesterol.
2.  Helps fight viruses, bacteria, fungal infection, candida, yeast
3.  Can effect hormones positively for thyroid & blood-sugar control- helps insulin levels
4.  Speed Metabolism- helps if these good fats (Medium Chain Triglycerides) are in the liver
5.  Strong antioxidant- To fight off illness // Oxidation is considered a major contributor to cardiovascular problems & skin aging.
6. Their oil is great for hair and skin moisture & hydration.
7.  Their water contains electrolytes for re-hydrating & replacing the mineral-rich fluids lost when ill or exercising-- potassium, magnesium, sodium, phosphorus, calcium & natural sugars, instead of processed sugars found in sports drinks.
8. Fiber in the water helps with digestion and acid reflux.
9.  Coconut water is used in some countries intravenously in emergencies to replace blood, as it is isotonic to human plasma. 

Enjoy the incredible benefits & naturally delicious taste of coconuts! 

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