Alkalising Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie

by Vashte on May 22, 2013

Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie

During the week I am not a big breakfast eater. I used to start with eggs and veges; egg whites and veges; smoothies with protein and fruits; gluten free cereal (has to be soggy for me to eat it so that takes a while for the rice/almond/cashew milk to soak in..hence too much time!); or an omelet. These days, as I am not pumping iron (never have really), I don’t find I need all that food first thing. To me, these meals mentioned are very substantial and, listening to my body, I find they slow my digestion down. Now days I enjoy these breakfasts as a brunch in the weekend- not all at once mind you! -If you lift weights in the mornings or are in an active job/lifestyle- you would likely need to eat differently to me.

Most days I walk or jog first thing on an empty stomach aside from a sip if water or two. One major caveat is- I have to fall out of bed,throw on my clothes and GO. Clothes prepared the night before or therein lies an issue. I cannot think about anything, nor engage in conversation with anyone, and most certainly and definitely no snuggles up for that last minute or two when you are the most comfortable in your warm bed! Or it is over red rover and there is no walk and certainly no jog. Bad. Very bad state of affairs. No thinking allowed- just do it. That is my motto (thank you nike)- but, at this time in the morning-  I can not even think of that! Just throw on daggy clothes + Cap and gloves, leave house, walk, then jog. And then wake up, during said walk.. and life is seen through rose coloured glasses even when it is raining.  Once it is over. 😉

Breakfast for me needs to be light. All I need and want is something to fill the gap, and not slow down the cleansing process my body is still working through. I can consider a more solid meal around 11am or after. Before that, I am still cleansing. Yes breakfast IS important. Do not get me wrong there- but I choose to keep mine light.

Today for example this was my choice- my alkalising spinach and coconut water smoothie topped with cinnamon.  It was delicious. It was light. It was nutritious. It was alkalising. It was detoxing. It filled the gap. It was more hydrating than the 1.5L of water I had already ingested after my walk/jog.  Why? It was made from coconut water. Some (not all) benefits of coconut water are:

  • It’s a natural isotonic beverage, with the same level of electrolyte balance as we have in our blood – it’s the fluid of life so to speak
  • Coconut water is more nutritious than whole milk – Less fat and no cholesterol
  • Coconut water is more healthy than Orange juice – Much lower calories
  • Coconut water is better than processed baby milk – it contains lauric acid, which is present in human mothers milk
  • Coconut water is naturally sterile – water permeates through the filtering husk
  • Coconut water is a universal donor – it’s identical to human blood plasma
  • Coconut water is a natural isotonic beverage – the same level we have in our blood
  • “Coconut water is the very stuff of nature, biologically pure, full of natural sugars, salts and vitamins to ward off fatigue… and is the next wave of energy drinks BUT natural” – Mortin Satin, Chief of the United nations Food and Agriculture Organisation
  • Coconut water contains more potassium (at about 294mg) than most sports and energy drinks (117mg)
  • Coconut water has less sodium (25mg) where sport drinks have around 41mg and energy drinks have about 200mg!
  • Coconut water has 5mg of Natural sugars where sports and energy drinks range from 10 – 25mg of Altered sugar. Coconut water is LOW in sugar. VERY good!!!
  • Coconut water is very high in chloride at 118mg, compared to sports drinks at about 39mg.

(taken directly from Coconut Essence Water ‘benefits’ page and based on a 100ml serve.

I love coconut products and coconut water is the bee’s knees to me. My favourite brand is from JT’s Coconut Essence based here in Queensland- they deliver online so go for it. If youJT's Coconut Essence Water can not get the real thing- the white, young coconut from the supermarket; then this is the next best ting. It saves you time and keeps you and those close to you, out of danger as you try to handle a meat cleaver type knife trying to open the real McCoy!! (Watch the fingers!) JT’s Coconut Essence is 100% pure- no additives, and the flavour is the closest to the real thing out of all the different brands I have tried. Yes, I have tried a few. Beware of cheap imitations filled with preservatives. Look at the ingredient list- if there is anything other than 100% coconut water in there- you are buying a cheap imposter. (It may not be cheap on your wallet but it will be cheap in nutritional value). Coconut water is coconut water- don’t let anyone mess with it.  You can find JT’s Coconut Essence at GoVita in Robina if you are on the Gold Coast. Or as I mentioned buy online- buy in bulk- you can use it in your cooking, baking, smoothies, or just when you need a refreshing drink.

My Refreshing Spinach and Coconut Water Smoothie Recipe:

2 leaves of spinach (as much as you like really), 1 can 330ml JT’s Coconut Essence Water, juice of one lemon (you could use half as it was slightly tart), 1 Tblspn activated ORGANIC linseeds, 2 teaspoons organic green barley powder, small portion of organic vanilla bean, and a sprinkle of cinnamon- ice. if you need to sweeten, use a small amount of stevia, but it should be sweet enough. Then blend away in your vitamix preferably, but any blender will do! YUM!

 

 

 

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