A marathon runner once told me that the best liquid to drink after a marathon is coconut water. Coconut water has four times the potassium of a banana which means it can help you recover much more quickly after a hard bout of exercise. Coconut water also has one of the highest sources of electrolytes known. It’s a natural isotonic beverage with the same level of electrolytic balance that we have in our blood. Besides potassium, coconut water is packed with B-complex vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and manganese.
Unsurprisingly, given these properties, coconut water is also one of the most refreshing drinks around. During the summer months, hydration is particularly important. Not only do you need to increase the amount of water you drink, but also the electrolytes. Most people grab a sports drink when they need to replace electrolytes, but I have issues with the amount of sugar and calories in sports drinks. Many find the taste of coconut water unappealing though, so these popsicles are the answer to that. Strawberry coconut water popsicles are super refreshing, perfectly sweet and, most importantly, ice cold. After all, who doesn’t love a yummy popsicle in the afternoon to cool off with, or after a long run?
Change things a bit and use blueberries, oranges or a natural grape juice, and I am positive you will be pleasantly surprised each time. Young green coconuts are readily available year-round in tropical regions such as Hawaii, South Florida, the Philippines, Bermuda, Jamaica, Brazil, Thailand and India, and more recently coconut water can be found packaged and bottled and available in supermarkets around the world. This is an excellent guilt-free treat for the kids as well!
Strawberry Coconut Water Popsicles
Sweet and tart strawberries and hydrating coconut water combine to make the perfect sweet and healthy popsicle!
• 500 millilitres coconut water
• 2 cups of strawberries, hulled
• 2 tablespoons agave nectar
1. Put all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
2. Pour the mixture into popsicle moulds and freeze for at least 4-6 hours.
Fatima Bheekoo Shah is a wife, mother, food blogger, foodie and breastfeeding activist, finally answering her calling to be a writer.