Coconut water is a refreshing and hydrating option to the milk or plain water that we all typically think of as the liquid base for smoothies. Not only that, coconut water offers so much more as far as nutrition and health benefits.

Coconut water smoothies are especially great after you work out because it quickly rehydrates you and is a great, natural source of antioxidants and key electrolytes—such as potassium and sodium—that your body needs in order to bounce back after working up a sweat.

Coconut water is also a natural and healthy alternative to the not-so-healthy Gatorade-style energy drinks we usually grab after working out because coconut water contains low amounts of salt and sugar…as well as no artificial additives or colors.

So here are only a few quick and easy ideas for using coconut water in smoothies that are low in calories and a weight loss friendly…

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The Base…1C coconut water

The Greens…1C kale

The Fruit…(pick and choose your favorites…note that both fresh and frozen will work)…

  • Banana…1 peeled and chopped
  • Blueberries…½ cup
  • Cranberries…½ cup
  • Mango…½ cup chopped
  • Orange…1⁄2
  • Pineapple…1⁄2 cup chopped
  • Raspberry…1 cup
  • Strawberries…⅓ cup

The Sweetener…(Optional)…½tsp honey or agave nectar

Add-Ins…(optional)

  • Chia seeds…1Tbsp
  • Cinnamon or ginger…1/4tsp
  • Squeeze of lime
  • Ice cubes…4 to 5

Pour coconut into lender. Add kale. Blend for 1min. Add fruit and add-ins. Blend again. Add ice if using. Blend again. Enjoy!