Last week was happy hour at Jamba Juice and all their sixteen size smoothies were a dollar between 5.00 and 7.00. I kept going there everyday ( most days) to get my $1 smoothie. I got totally hooked on their coconut water fruit smoothies. So refreshing ! I grew up on coconut water. My grandma’s home had 9 coconut trees and when we had coconut water, we were drinking it straight from the green coconut with a straw. It was the perfect summer cooler and after we drank the water we would just scoop the tender coconut out and eat it for an extra treat. Tender coconut meat is soft and thin ( almost like a gel) and tastes yummy. When I visit India I load up on my tender coconut water and tender coconut meat!!! Can’t wait to visit again next year. Lately the craze for coconut water has become the latest health fad ! Canned and cartons of coconut water are available in department stores. Vita coco is a popular brand that is flooding the supermarket shelves. For this recipe I used real coconut water. I am taking the October Unprocessed Challenge, so I am trying to use natural products. I will use the coconut meat in a curry or dish so it won’t go waste. Ideally I would have liked the tender green coconut that I used to drink, but since I am not sure where to get that I just used a mature coconut. If using a real coconut intimidates you, use Vita coco or any other comparable brand. I made mango smoothies with just a hint of ginger, but I will be experimenting with other fruit soon !
Costing it out !
I paid $1 for the coconut and since I will be using the coconut meat in other foods, I am going to say it’s 50 cents. Add another 50 cents for the fresh fruit and you have your coconut fruit smoothie for a dollar. Not bad !!
Nutrition Wise !
Coconut water is loaded with hydrating electrolytes which make it an ideal sports drink. It is low in calories and fat. Loaded with potassium and low in sodium it’s a great drink for people who have blood pressure. A lot of people don’t like to drink it plain which is why blending it with some fruit is perfect ! Makes it a sweet and healthy treat ! Mangoes are loaded with vitamin A , C and fiber. Combine the two together and you have a tropical treat that will have you thinking you are in the Bahamas !!!
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