I was talking to someone that works as a personal trainer and she was drinking something in a cool, blue, water splashed terra pack. It looked very tropical and made me think of sitting on a beach in Honolulu, with the cool, salty air blowing through my sun bleached locks... ;-)

Back to reality. I asked her what it was and she was so excited that it was coconut water! I remember drinking coconut water as a child, but we referred to it as coconut milk, which I now found out was wrong. I decided to go home and check out this new super drink.

As far as I can tell, coconut water seems to have the same benefits as Gatorade, but without all the artificial stuff. Coconut water also appears to be something that I wouldn't need. I heard a Doctor recently talking about the fact that most people, when exercising, don't need Gatorade, but they need water for hydration instead. He said the average person does not exercise long, or hard enough and I would definitely fall into that category of people that do not need coconut water.

Here's a quick run down I found on WebMd: 
It has fewer calories, less sodium, and more potassium than a sports drink. Ounce per ounce, most unflavored coconut water contains 5.45 calories, 1.3 grams sugar, 61 milligrams (mg) of potassium, and 5.45 mg of sodium compared to Gatorade, which has 6.25 calories, 1.75 grams of sugar, 3.75 mg of potassium, and 13.75 mg of sodium.

Gatorade also contains things like wood rosin, vegetable oil and artificial colors. So, if I were running 90 minutes a day and running in marathons then I think my choice would be coconut water, but for people like me who participate in light workouts then I think I'll stick with the best hydration method on the planet...water! I am going to talk to my Doctor about the possibility of using it during a virus when you're dehydrated. In the past I've been told to use Gatorade, so the coconut water would probably be a better alternative.

Just as a side note, this post I found is worth reading and highly entertaining. The title is 'Gatorade is Stupid' and he refers to Gatorade as, "...a fecal bomb disguised as a health drink...". Good stuff  and well said. ;-)
 
 
Just over a year ago, I decided to stop buying any food with high fructose corn syrup. I never realized how many products contain this instead of cane, or beet sugar. I decided to make the switch, because I had been reading about research that was finding that our bodies process the corn syrup differently than regular sugars. I also watched a documentary showing the process to make the high fructose corn syrup and it looked difficult and dangerous. It made me wonder when the switch was made from sugar to high fructose corn syrup. Did the soda of my youth have a corn sweetener? It seems that Coke began using high fructose corn syrup in the eighties and that is also the time that the use in all products sky rocketed. The good news is that you can still buy Coke with cane sugar! It comes in glass bottles and is made in Mexico. The price is much higher, but I consider soda a treat now, so the extra expense is worth it.
I decided to err on the side of caution and just avoid the high fructose corn syrup. I don't even use table sugar anymore. I like to use raw cane sugar in EVERYTHING. I know this will be a long debate, but why bother when it's something that's so controversial. And, I always remember that too much of any sugar is never a good thing. With obesity on the rise, mostly since the eighties, it just makes me wonder...
 
 
Chicha Morada



I think I finally came up with a combination for the Chicha Morada. Keep in mind that traditional Chicha Morada is made with water and chunks of fruit, but they add a lot of sugar to sweeten it. This version uses only natural fruit juices. Also, be aware that this drink is full of the same antioxidants as red wine, so be cautious around white carpet!
Click here for the recipe.
 

 

Chicha Morada

4/18/2012

 
I just made a fun drink called Chicha Morada and it's extremely high in antioxidants. A very good friend from Peru introduced me to this drink. Yum!  It's made with maiz morado, which is a purple corn grown in Peru. In Peru you can buy it in bottles and it is considered to be a soft drink. The purple corn is simmered in water, and comes out with this amazingly deep, dark purple color. I was thinking about all of the different uses for this, including using it as a dye in other recipes.  I'm going to work with the ingredients, and come up with a version using only natural fruit juices and no other added sugars. When I  get a good combination I will post the recipe, and add photos too. Wish me luck!

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