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 🙂
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.
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.
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.
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.
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