Got some leftover coconut water in your fridge? I’ve got you.
Chances are good you’re already aware of coconut water’s many health benefits. It’s highly hydrating – which makes it great both for quenching thirst and also for replenishing your body. It’s also a great source of vitamin C and magnesium, and a crucial component to many health drinks.
But coconut water isn’t just good for you. It can also taste amazing – particularly if you put it in the right recipe. Here are six fantastic options:
Easy coconut recipes you can make right now
#1: Coconut water ice pops
Listen, it’s hot outside. I know it, you know it. There is literally nothing better than a popsicle when it’s this hot – and that goes double for a refreshing, HEALTHY ice pop made from coconut water and fresh fruit. No added sugars, no chemicals, no nonsense. This is such an easy recipe to make, and it tastes so good!
#2: Pineapple coconut juice
Just like with the ice pops above, you can file this pineapple coconut juice drink under “delicious, cold, thirst-quenching” – a perfect drink on a lazy, hot summer day. Perhaps best of all, it’s very simple – pineapple juice, coconut water, and a squeeze of lime. Sometimes, simplest is best. Try this pineapple coconut juice drink – you won’t be disappointed.
(And let’s face it – it might be the perfect mixer with a little coconut rum…)
#3: Ginger shots
Ok, you can make a bazillion refreshing drinks from coconut water. I think everyone agrees on that. But did you also know you can make excellent health shots with it too?
These lemon ginger shots are great for boosting antioxidants when you have that awful cold and need some relief. (Or just when you need a shot of energy.)
When I see ginger shots at stores, they’re around $3-$5. Not cheap! Fortunately, you can easily make ginger shots at home for a LOT less money – they just need a little coconut water, some lemon juice, fresh ginger, and a little cayenne pepper.
#4: Coconut water kefir
Because coconut water has so many electrolytes, this gut health-promoting kefir beverage is extra nourishing and should help with smoother digestion.
If you haven’t had kefir before, it’s a fermented beverage that is both delicious and full of beneficial bacteria and probiotics. This coconut water kefir recipe is another easy, quick addition to your homemade food diet!
#5: Tropical twist smoothie
Coconut water is a great base for smoothies because of its strong hydrating properties. Plus, because it’s not super thick (unlike, say, coconut milk or regular milk), it helps your smoothie’s other flavors shine through more easily.
This tropical twist smoothie has chopped pineapple, grapes, mango, collard greens or spinach, and coconut water – but of course, you can swap out for all kinds of delicious alternative smoothie ingredients.
#6: Turmeric shots
Turmeric has been extensively studied for its various health benefits, especially it’s anti-inflammatory properties. Many people incorporate turmeric in their diet via curries or drinking golden milk (I’ve actually eaten turmeric cake before – it was delicious, but it stained everything!) – and turmeric shots are another, more straightforward way to secure those benefits directly. With just a handful of easy-to-find ingredients, this turmeric shot recipe is a great way to support your body’s wellness!
#7: Nourishing green smoothie with coconut oil
This green smoothie has many of the ingredients you’ve come to expect – spinach, coconut water, flax seeds, banana – but the secret ingredient that makes it so good is coconut oil. It just gives the smoothie a thicker texture and really amps up its health benefits. You’ll need a blender to make it, but this smoothie recipe comes together super easily and tastes delicious.
And that’s a wrap for the recipes! What others would you like to see? Let me know in the comments!
You can drink coconut water directly, or you can combine it with other ingredients to make all kinds of nourishing and delicious recipes. Check out the list above for some inspiration!
Yes, you absolutely can drink coconut water every day. It’s loaded with electrolytes and is super hydrating – so it’s a great beverage to add to your regular rotation!
I love mixing coconut water with bright, citrusy flavors – think orange, lemon, and/or pineapple juice. Generally, you should think of coconut water as adding a little tropical vibe – so anything in that zone should do really well. Try this pineapple coconut juice drink as a good example.