As usual, I went a little bit overboard last week and bought not 1 but 5 young thai coconuts! I always do this with whatever I’m buying – I just get really excited whether it be coconut or kale! I know that’s really embarrassing. Oh well – it just means that I can bring you more delicious recipes! So it might not come as a shock to you that I have been using a lot of coconut water in my smoothies and recipes this week. This is a good thing as not only have I become a master at opening them, the meat and the juice is really good for us!
Geek fact: Coconut water is a fantastic source of electrolytes, they boost metabolism and have anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. If you do a few searches online, you’ll come accross a lot of sites claiming that coconut oil makes you lose weight! I haven’t tried it as a weight-loss substance as believe me, if I lose any more weight, I am going to start looking like Nicole Richie circa 2008! Not a good look.
Anyway, back to the coconut. Another geek fact: Coconut water is nearly identical to our blood plasma and was actually used in World War 2 for emergency blood transfusions! Bet you didn’t know that!!
If you can get your hands on some young thai coconuts (usually found in Thai or Chinese supermarkets) try my latest super duper smoothie recipe;
- 1/4 cup fresh coconut water from a young thai coconut
- 1/4 pineapple, outer skin removed
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 passion fruit
- 1 tsp crystal manna (optional)
- 1 tsp guarana (optional)
- 1 shot wheatgrass (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth, close your eyes and drink while imagining yourself lying on an exotic warm sunny beach!
You can use the coconut meat to make “bacon” or add to some nuts and a few other bits to make a creamy sweet pudding. More recipes to come…