I love coconut stuff. And without water, I’d be dead after two weeks, max.
Yet in 28 years, I had yet to taste the marriage of the tasty tropical treat and liquid survival, so I was very happy when I came home the other day to find a big box full of coconut water on my doorstep, courtesy of Zico Pure Coconut Water. Thanks Zico!
Coconut water, by the way, is not the same as coconut milk. While coconut milk is derived from the meat of the coconut (one meat I’m down with eating), coconut water is the clear stuff in the middle of the coconut. So it doesn’t have any of the fat of other coconut products; it’s a juice.
But not just any juice — called “Nature’s Sports Drink” by Zico, coconut water boasts five essential electrolytes and more potassium than a banana, in an 11-oz carton. And that same 11-oz carton contains only 60 calories and 14 grams of sugar.
This stuff is really growing on me. I thought the taste was a little strange when I first drank it, sort of like a thinner version of the syrup you get in a can of fruit cocktail or peaches. But as I drank a few more cartons, I really started to enjoy it. It’s very refreshing, kind of sweet but not overly so.
I tried three flavors — plain, mango, and passion fruit. The plain is probably my favorite since it’s the least sweet, followed by mango, then by passion fruit. But they’re all good. Now I just need to work out some sort of endorsement deal, because I can put down one of these 11-ouncers in a matter of seconds!
So what about that “Nature’s Sports Drink” claim? Well, Erin and I tried some after a run today, and found that we liked it even better than before. It was perfect after a short, easy run, but I don’t think I’ll likely be drinking coconut water during or after most of my workouts. The problem isn’t the taste; it’s just that I’d have to drink a whole lot of the stuff to get the amount of sugar that I want during and after workouts that last more than an hour or so.
So if you’re curious about coconut water, I highly encourage you to give Zico a try (or two). And if you’re looking for a light, low-calorie workout drink, even better. For serious carbohydrate replenishment though, stick to something like homemade lemon-lime sports drink.
Here I am enjoying some Zico after the run with my new Vibrams and my girl Sascha!