Welcome back to my Summer Cooling series. It has been a pleasure to bring you weekly juice and smoothie ideas to keep you refreshed, hydrated, and nourished throughout the long summer days. It would be unpardonable if I failed to add Jelly coconut water to the mix, especially since I am an island gal. Coconut water is a fantastic drink to enjoy throughout the hot season. Its sweet, natural taste will keep you coming back for more all day long. Growing up on the island of Jamaica, I had my fair share of the delightful product of nature. Not only did it hydrate me, but it kept me full. I know that it may not be as readily available in its natural state throughout the united states; unless you reside in Florida or Hawaii. However, I can find them in New York in a few Caribbean supermarkets or vendors who sell in vans by the roadway throughout the summer. There is also packaged coconut water available at some local grocery stores. Just ensure that you select the best ones by carefully reading the labels, as some are loaded with added sugar, and we do not want that.
If you have never had an actual jelly coconut or its water, it is time to book your vacation to one of the islands or regions in which you can find this fruit in abundance; you will not regret it, I promise.
Coconut water is low in calories, naturally free of fat and cholesterol. It is also super hydrating. In addition, it contains easily digested carbohydrates in the form of sugar and electrolytes.
You can drink coconut water at room temperature or just pop it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold. I also like to add a bit of lemon juice to it now and then.
Photo credit to my gorgeous sister who still enjoys all the island goodness. I am so Jealous.
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