Adding Coconut Water Can Give Juice An Extra Boost
America has found itself in the throes of yet another health craze. This time, the super beneficial product that everyone should be buying is coconut water. Called “Mother Nature’s sports drink” by marketers trying to stoke demand for the product, coconut water has been said to help with a whole host of conditions, including hangovers, cancer and kidney stones. While some of these claims may be overblown, adding coconut water to your raw juice recipes can provide your juice with an extra boost of nutrition.
Coconut water is a clear liquid that is found in the center of young, green coconuts. Coconut water is naturally low in calories and contains no fat or cholesterol. The water has a sweet, nutty taste. Adding coconut water to a juice recipe is a good way to increase the sweetness of the juice without adding sugar or empty calories. When choosing commercially available coconut water, read the label to ensure that you are purchasing plain coconut water without added sugar or juices.
There are a number of health benefits associated with consuming coconut water. Coconut water is very good at rehydrating the body and contains more potassium than four bananas. Many Americans don’t get enough potassium through their regular diet because they don’t eat enough fruits, vegetables, or dairy, so coconut water can help fill in the nutritional gaps. It also contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes, but contains less sugar than many sports drinks and much less sugar than sodas and some fruit juices.
Peggy K’s Detox Juice
2 fennel stalks with fronds
2-inch piece ginger
2 cups pineapple chunks
1/2 cup sunflower sprouts
1 cup coconut water
2 dashes turmeric
1 or 2 pinches cayenne (to taste)
Squeeze the lemon into 2 glasses. Pass the fennel, ginger, pineapple and sprouts through the juicer and divide between the two glasses.
Top off the drinks with coconut water and a sprinkling of turmeric and cayenne.