Kiwi Coconut Hydration Booster

Dehydrated? Drink this.

It’s full of electrolytes from coconut water with a delicious taste of kiwi.

This hydrating recipe from Hallie at dailybitesblog features fresh ginger root, kiwi, cucumber, spinach and coconut water.

Coconut water is known for its hydration and electrolytes while kiwi gives you added fiber, antioxidants and a delicious sweet taste.

Cucumber is also 95% water making this a super hydrating smoothie! This is the perfect recipe after a long workout at the gym and ideal for any athlete. But anyone can benefit from it!

Key Health Benefits

Coconut water has more potassium than four bananas combined! It’s low in calories and cholesterol free. It’s an athlete’s best friend.

Kiwi has more vitamin C than your average orange. And science shows kiwi helps to protect your DNA from oxygen related damage in your cells. Some studies suggest that flavonoids and carotenoids may be responsible for kiwi’s amazing antioxidant properties.

Cucumbers re-hydrate your body by containing over 95% water which helps to eliminate toxins and re-energize you for the day. Cucumbers are also highly anti inflammatory.

Ginger aids in digestion alleviating indigestion and problems with flatulence. Ginger is also very anti-inflammatory and is used often to ease soar throats and assist you during a cold or flu. But its many healing uses make this a delicious ingredient to add to any smoothie.

Ingredients

1/2 medium frozen banana
1 medium frozen kiwi (peel and chop it before you freeze it)
1/2 cup coconut water
1 cup spinach
1 (3-inch) chunk of cucumber, peeled or unpeeled
1 (1-inch) chunk of fresh ginger root, peeled

Optional: For added energy, add 2 tbs of organic chia seeds to sustain the hydration.

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Sip and enjoy immediate hydration!

Sources

http://www.dailybitesblog.com/2013/02/26/kiwi-crush-smoothie/
http://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/features/truth-about-coconut-water
http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=41#healthbenefits
http://www.bodyandsoul.com.au/nutrition/nutrition+tips/the+many+benefits+of+ginger,7571

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