A Natural Fitness Drink: Coconut Water


The fitness drink market is officially saturated. It started in the ’60s with Gatorade, invented by the coach of the Florida Gators football team in an effort to keep them properly hydrated in the extreme heat. Now there’s Powerade, Propel, Fit N’ Lit, Skinny Water, Vitamin Water, and the list keeps flowing, many with added sugar, sodium, food coloring and preservatives.

Now hitting the shelves is ZICO pure coconut water. An all natural, 60-calorie alternative. ZICO contains the five essential electrolytes, magnesium, and more. One box of ZICO has more potassium than a banana (15 times more than most sports drinks) to prevent cramping and promote recovery. And ZICO’s coconut water comes from young coconuts – before they’ve developed the white meat that contains the fat of mature coconuts. Other natural ZICO flavors include Passion Fruit and Mango.

If you’re looking for a post workout treat, here’s a smoothie recipe:

1 cup mixed berries

1 ripe banana

1 scoop vegetarian protein powder

1 ZICO natural

Mix all ingredients together in a blender using fresh or frozen fruit. Yields approximately 16 oz.

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