We were a bit skeptical about the whole coconut water thing when it first started. Surely just another fad, a healthy bandwagon to jump on? Well, turns out we were completely wrong and are now eating our words and washing them down with a huge glug of the stuff.
Harvested from the youngest, freshest coconuts; coconut water is packed with potassium and electrolytes which, among many other things, are great for helping alleviate stress. (Perfect for mama!) It has some pretty impressive health benefits AND is the ideal drink for keeping rehydrated when plain old H2O just gets a bit boring. And if, like ours, your kids are juice addicts, then a switch to coconut water will lower their sugar intake and guarantee no preservatives, colourings, flavourings and all that stuff. Coconut water is free from all nasties and some brands also have a few fruit flavours, if that’s more your thing. If they’re not hugely keen on the flavour, then mix it up a little with their fave juices – perfect for ensuring they’re staying hydrated and not overloading on sugar. Did you know that a glass of apple juice has the same amount of sugar as 3 Krispy Kreme donuts?!
Now that the mercury is rising, coconut water has become a firm staple in our fridge – and on our family outings. Apart from the all-important hydration factor, coconut water is stacked with nutrients and safe for everyone from toddlers to pregnant ladies. It’s also a really good rehydration option after a gym session or if your family has been hit by the dreaded gastro bug that’s been sweeping the city (hope not mamas!). Oh and it’s great for your skin and settles your stomach if you’ve had a heavy night. Mama tends to get overexcited these days on the rare night out!
Check out these cool recipes from Jax Coco that will keep you chilled when temperatures soar. Healthy, yummy, family friendly – these tick all the boxes and get a huge Sassy Mama thumbs up.
Tropical Energy Smoothie
Keep your little ones energy levels up with this refreshing smoothie!
- 200g fresh mango
- 200g fresh pineapple
- 1 small banana
- 5 ice cubes
- 2 tbsp. Jax Coco Coconut Oil
- 200ml Jax Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water
- 1 tbsp LSA (equal quantities of ground raw almonds, ground raw linseed & ground raw sunflower seeds)
- 1 tsp ground flax seed
- 1 tsp ground chai seeds
- 1 tsp Manuka honey (optional)
Melt Jax Coco Coconut Oil in a pan gently, ’til it is liquid form. Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Close your eyes, drink immediately and imagine you’re in the sunshine!
Glowing Green Smoothie
One for the mamas! You’re guaranteed to glow from the inside out after drinking this delicious powerhouse of a smoothie created by nutritionist and Jax Coco friend Amelia Freer.
- 6 inches fresh cucumber
- ½ avocado
- 1 apple
- 1 handful organic kale
- 1tbsp chia seeds
- 1 cup Jax Coco 100% Pure Coconut Water
Pop everything into a blender and whizz it up! Top up with more coconut water to reach desired consistency.
We also keep a stash of coconut-water ice cubes in the freezer for adding to juices and mocktails.