A Super Hydrating Paleo Smoothie Recipe

Summer is here in South Carolina. And it is a hot one. So hot I’m tempted to add another “t” to the word.

I find it burning not only my pale skin but it burns through my thoughts. And sadly, right now, it’s burning my hometown, Colorado Springs.

Several loved ones have lost their homes in the fire in Black Forest. Please pray for them. Pray for rain. Please pray for rain. Pray for safety for all those who are serving to put out the fire.

Heat is powerful.

I walk outside and the sun seems to sop up every wet particle in my mouth. I close my lips and flap my tongue up and down, trying to recreate moisture. It’s hot. It’s summer.

This past week I’ve been determined to stay super hydrated not just because of the heat but because I am traveling next week with the Compassion Bloggers to Nicaragua.

And lets face it. Staying hydrated is just plain healthy. Healthy for your skin. Healthy for your mind. Healthy for your internal organs :)

Coconut water happens to be known for its great source of electrolytes which is what helps keep a body hydrated. It has more potassium than a banana and you know what potassium does? Hydrates the body! Many fitness trainers recommend drinking pure, 100% coconut water after a workout to quickly re-hydrate the body.

Have you tasted coconut water? I have tried it no less than three times and I can’t seem to get past my first few sips. Desperate to have this electrolyte powerhouse in my body – I decided to use it to make a Paleo smoothie. Oh man, it is yummy!! And paleo at that. Can I get a High. Kick. ?? :)

A Paleo Smoothie Recipe with Coconut Water

This is so simple. We’re going to use 1 cup frozen mangoes and 1 whole orange, peeled. I don’t bother juicing the orange. I just throw the whole thing in and it does not create that much pulp. But if you are a strict anti-pulp guy or gal, go ahead and juice the orange :)

orange and mango paleo smoothie


Here is the star of the show: 1 cup 100% pure, cold coconut water. Make sure to read the back of the ingredient list on the coconut water you buy. Several brands slip in pure cane sugar. We don’t want any of that.


coconut water for a coconut paleo smoothie


Also add 1 cup of pure coconut milk or pure almond milk and 1 cup ice cubes to make it super cold and frothy. I have been using the word “super” a lot in this post. Hmmm….my apologies :)

Blend it all together for about 1 to 2 minutes and ZIP a super hydrating smoothie.


frozen paleo smoothie


It is so cool and refreshing. The orange gives it added vitamin C. It is like a sunrise in your mouth.

I tend to drink this every morning. After my coffee…haha, I know. I know. I need help.


 hydrating paleo smoothie recipe


I want to say I am so thankful to all of you who have tried my recipes and sent text messages, emails, FB messages, left comments… You make me smile so big, I wish you could see!

Like I mentioned above, I will be in Nicaragua next week getting a firsthand look at how God uses Compassion and sponsors to release children from poverty. Please follow us! We have some fabulous bloggers going with us. And I will be blogging over here.

Much love to you, my foodies friends.


Serves 16 oz

A Super Hydrating Paleo Smoothie Recipe

5 minsPrep Time

2 minsCook Time

7 minsTotal Time

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  • 1 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup, cold, 100% pure coconut water
  • 1 cup 100% pure coconut milk (or almond milk)
  • 1 orange, peeled
  • 1 cup ice cubes


  1. Throw all ingredients in a blender and blend until combined. About 1 to 2 minutes.


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Copycat Orange Julius PALEO smoothie. Hydrating and perfect for your mornings!!


  • I am allergic to oranges! What would be a good substitute?

    Kris - ReplyCancel

    • Hey Kris, try fresh blueberries. About a cup. They are an excellent source of antioxidants and they should mix well with the coconut water and milk :) Let me know how it goes.

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • This sounds *super* delish, so I will give it a go the next time I'm at the store and can pick up some coconut water - which, I can also not get past the first few sips of. Eww. :) Hope you have a great trip to Nicaragua!

    Kristen - ReplyCancel

  • Um... This tastes like an Orange Julius!! Amazing!

    Carissa Cady - ReplyCancel

  • Hi, love your blog and would love to ask u a million questions. But first, how many servings is this? And would it work in a magic bullet? Thks.

    Dee - ReplyCancel

    • Hi Dee! Thanks so much :) This makes 32 oz (4 cups). A serving size is typically 16 oz, so this recipe makes enough for two! I updated the recipe to reflect this. I don't have a magic bullet and have never used one so I am not sure. Does a magic bullet handle frozen fruit and ice well? If you try it you should leave a comment and let us all know if it worked! Hope you enjoy :)

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • This does look refreshing--can't wait to try it and I love your coffee comment. I struggle with that as well! :)

    Terri - ReplyCancel

  • .. question for you regarding the coconut milk... do you use canned full fat coconut milk ? or when you say pure coconut milk, do you refer to the brand 'Silk Pure'... ? And in general, when a recipe calls for coconut milk..how do we know if it canned or in carton box..? full fat or light.. ? there is a lot of difference in calories.. thanks in advance for your thought on this subjet

    Annie - ReplyCancel

    • Hi Annie! I always use canned full fat organic coconut milk from Native Forest. If I ever do something different, I mention it.

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • This smoothie is amazing at rehydrating! I'm new to the Paleo lifestyle (doing it via the Whole Life Challenge) and am pretty active so getting enough fluids is key. I made and drank this smoothie last night after a pretty intense workout and it was the first night that I did not have to wake up in the middle of the night to drink from my water bottle. My husband (who sweats waaay more than me) said that he didn't have to wake up in the middle of the night either. This was the only thing that I did different so I'm attributing the feeling hydrated to this smoothie. I modified the recipe to include nutmeg for taste. Thanks for posting this!

    Kathleen - ReplyCancel

  • Just made this for the morning since I'll be up early to sing at church! Thanks Bri!

    reeve - ReplyCancel

  • I just had to send you an email to let you know how pleasant it was reading your post. Your interests are very similar to mine and maybe that's why I feel the connect and wanted you to know. :) Your smoothie was posted on facebook and I followed the link and found your blog. THEN...I discover that you're from south carolina which is where I just happened to be right now :) I'm visiting the beach here this week in Myrtle Beach coming from Niagara area in Canada and am thrilled with the beautiful weather you guys have saved for us. ;) Keep up the great blogs...I'll be following them from now on :)

    diane droppert - ReplyCancel

    • Hello, Daine! What a sweet, sweet note of encouragement :) Thank you so much! And how wonderful that you were in South Carolina! Marvelous. Truly, thank you for your comment! Grateful for you!

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

    • Love the hydrating smoothie. Anymore?

      Gwendolyn Pasleya - ReplyCancel

      • Hi Gwendolyn! Glad you liked it. Here are a few more: http://oursavorylife.com/a-tasty-paleo-green-smoothie-recipe/ http://oursavorylife.com/an-energizing-paleo-breakfast-smoothie/ Thanks!

        Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • I really don't like mango. Can it be replaced by something else, like maybe peaches? Would that work?

    Michele Dubois - ReplyCancel

    • Yes! You can try any other fruit but peaches sound amazing! Let us know how it turns out if you try it :)

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • Made it this morning... nice and refreshing ... thanks ... greetings from scandinavia ;-)

    james - ReplyCancel

  • I don't have coconut water and it's too late to run out to the store.......help!!

    Dorrie - ReplyCancel

  • I made these this morning for the fam before we all shoved out of the house- made this exactly to the recipe- and boy O' boy was this DELISH!!! Thank you for sharing~~~~

    Lindsay Evans - ReplyCancel

  • I just discovered your blog via a link from my trainer at my gym. Wonderfully entertaining and helpful recipes for a busy mom. I look forward to trying these especially your smoothies. And by the way, nutribullets are great at handling ice and other frozen items. Thanks for all the recipes and comments!

    Kathi - ReplyCancel

  • Just made this. I am not a mango fan, but this is a delicious mixture. Reminicient of an Orange Julius. So refreshing in this heat! Thanks so sharing! Love it!

    Cathie Lopez - ReplyCancel

  • This is delish! So great on a hot morning! Reminds me of an Orange Julius! Thanks for sharing! Loved it! PS. I don't like mangoes either, but this is GOOD!

    Cathie - ReplyCancel

  • I didn't have mango, but peaches were yummy in this.

    Cheryl Merrill - ReplyCancel

  • I didn't have mango, but peaches were yummy in this.

    Cheryl Merrill - ReplyCancel

  • I would love to make this now but I don't have coconut water nor do I have almond milk is there something else I can substitute ?

    Iesha - ReplyCancel

    • Hi Lesha! You could use just water but there will be a certain coconut flavor missing. Do you have coconut milk by chance?!

      Bri McKoy - ReplyCancel

  • yummy.... really enjoyed x

    Julie Carosi - ReplyCancel

  • Try harmless harvest. It is in the refridgerated section at Whole Foods or Fairway sells it (not sure where you live but google it). The shelf stable ones are heated and taste like soap to me. Once you try real unprocessed coconut water which is only found refidgerated you can't go back to the other stuff. It really tastes like you just cracked open a coconut and stuck a straw in...only drawback is they are more expensive :/

    Caren Dilauro - ReplyCancel

  • This looks delicious! I'm adding it to my website with kudos to you :) www.smoothiepress.com (smoothie recipes) Check it out!

    Jodi McQueen Fogelin - ReplyCancel

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