Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Coconutty convenience

As you know, being a busy mom, I sometimes have to rely on some convenience products to keep me going. After speaking to Brendan about salba/chia and coconut oil energy gels, I had a similar idea for hydration after my workout.

Although in a perfect world I'd love to down the liquid from a fresh young Thai coconut, I don't always have access to such delights, nor the time to crack one open with a baby around (I get a little dangerous with these things). Rather than give up "nature's sports drink," I opted to check out another more convenient source.

The good people at ZICO were kind enough to ship some samples of their pure premium coconut water my way to try. Knowing I'm a raw foodie, they gave me a heads up, saying, "ZICO, as all non frozen coconut waters, is flash pasteurized for safety, but is still nutrient dense."

That was fine with me, since I was really beginning to miss this yumminess and its hydrating effects on my body. According to the company, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes (K, Na, Mg, Ca and P) and more potassium (670 mg) than a banana, making it "nature's sports drink."

So far, I've been drinking it straight out of the container, as well as adding it to my smoothies. Mmmm! I'm mostly fond of the standard natural coconut water (ingredients: 100% natural coconut water), but I also like the passion fruit flavor, mixed up with chia seeds in my jar (yup, there it is again). I would've loved to have added some fresh passion fruit for more texture, yet settled for the grapefruit segments I had in the fridge (still good though).

The other flavor is mango, which is tasty, too; I just found the passion fruit to be more interesting. And, since I have some extras, you can try it for yourself.

I'll be giving away one of each flavor (natural, passion fruit and mango) to a lucky commenter below. Just post your comment about why you'd liked to try ZICO for one entry, and post about/link to this post on your site for an additional entry. The giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 6, 2010, and I'll draw the winner on Wednesday, April 7, 2010. Good luck!

By the way, don't forget my current Raw Revolution Bar giveaway ends today.

Also, Lisa at Raw on $10 a Day (or Less) is giving away one of her e-books, she has for sale on her site. Don't forget to check it out, as well as Isle Dance's Stawesome Glass Straws Giveaway. I love how she gets her readers to share their personal thoughts :-)

Still looking for more fun contests? Raw Juice Girl is giving away an iHerb gift certificate and Debra of Vegan Family Style has a DVD giveaway. I can't keep up with all this stuff. Can you?