Nuts for Coconut Water?

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It’s been quite the nutty day here.  I didn’t have time to pack a lunch, but I did have time to throw a load of bread, some peanut butter, and watermelon in a bag.  It’s the effort that counts. 🙂


Ta-da! Lunch is served.



I am currently sipping on some lovely ZICO coconut water.  In fact, after last night’s terrible puking instance, I was soooo disappointed when I opened the fridge and discovered we were out of ZICO.   So I made an emergency trip to the store.


I haven’t really written much about my love and obsession for ZICO, but over the last four months, the Husband and I have both made a real effort to drink 4 ounces (half a serving size; it’s expensive!) of coconut water a day, especially after hard workouts or hot yoga.


Why coconut water?




And really, I BELIEVE coconut water works because 1) I’ve never felt more ‘hydrated’; 2) I get less headaches now than before; and 3) I also sleep better when I drink ZICO. 


But is this all just in my head?


If you need some background, coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts.  “ZICO concentrate is produced by hand-harvesting the most delicious and nutritious young green coconuts from trees around the world.  For ZICO in the bottle, we’ve selected a unique blend of coconut waters from Brazil, Asia, and Indonesia to achieve a unique, consistent taste, and an even better nutritional profile and lower calorie count.” (Source


(Side note:  The ZICO website says the plastic bottles are actually more environmentally-friendly than the Tetra packs because they ship over concentrate and fill them with water in the USA.  More places accept the bottles for recycling, too.)


Coconut water, while 95% water, also contains the following electrolytes: sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and phosphate.  Coconut water also contains small amounts of many essential amino acids.  I was initially drawn to coconut water because it seems “better” and “more natural” than a man-made electrolyte replacement like Gatorade.


However, it seems that science thinks Gatorade is actually BETTER for post-workout recovery than coconut water because it’s higher in sodium and carbohydrates.  "Even though the belief is that when you exercise you need a lot of potassium, sodium is more important," said Liz Applegate, director of sports nutrition at UC Davis. "When you sweat, you lose a lot more sodium than potassium." (Source)  Coconut water also contains very little protein, which is crucial in a true recovery drink. (Source)


Where does this leave me and my coconut water-lovin’ tastebuds?


  • I’ll continue to drink it on a daily basis because it really does make me feel more hydrated, and I love the potassium boost.
  • I’ll also continue to drink 1/2 a serving instead of a serving to save cash.
  • I’m sticking to Gatorade for mid-run electrolyte replenishment.  Gatorade has the sodium and calories I need to perform. 


Do you drink coconut water?  Or do you think this is simply another health drink craze (maybe!)?  Do you love or hate the nutty taste?



  • alli March 23, 2011, 2:19 pm

    thanks for the coconut water info! learn something new everyday 🙂

    my mom just gave me fresh coconut water from a coconut she bought the other day. it’s in my fridge, but i haven’t had any yet….on my way to try it 🙂

  • Kara March 23, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I’ve never tried it. Does it actually taste good, or is it one of things you have to get used to?

    • Freya March 23, 2011, 2:22 pm

      I think it’s gross – something you need to get used to!

      • Kara March 23, 2011, 2:23 pm

        I’ve heard other people say that it’s gross too! That’s why I haven’t tried it yet 🙂

        • Baking 'n' Books March 23, 2011, 6:44 pm

          I don’t think I’d want to try it now!

          Is it really only good for athletes though? People who need that replacement? Cause probably not me…;)

    • Susan March 23, 2011, 2:31 pm

      I think it tastes good, but I only like certain brands. Zico & VitaCoco are my favorites. VC also has flavored varieties if you don’t like taste of it plain.

      Costco now carries cans of coconut water (can’t remember the brand) and while I like the flavor, I don’t like that it has pulp so I just strain it. It comes out to around $1 a can and they are the big ones.

      • Katie - Life Discombobulated March 23, 2011, 2:55 pm

        Haha I actually clicked over to ask about the same thing! Caitlin, do you actually like the taste of the coconut water, or do you just choke it down? I’ve tried coconut water ONCE and thought it tasted really gross! 🙁 I’m always willing to go back for another try, though.

    • Therese March 23, 2011, 2:55 pm

      I think the Vita Coco brand tastes the best! Esp. the ones with added mango or pineapple. Definitely drink cold and/or over ice as well.

    • Rachel March 23, 2011, 3:22 pm

      I think it’s yummy! But I like the taste of kombucha too and some people think that’s pretty gross…

      • Susan March 23, 2011, 3:46 pm

        I think the taste can vary bottle to bottle. Just like an orange can taste different depending on how juicy the piece of fruit is.

    • Jennifer March 23, 2011, 7:32 pm

      I hope the brand types are better than the water inside the ripe coconut I bought at the store and opened myself–I had that the other day and could only handle a few mouthfuls. Too strong.

    • CaitlinHTP March 23, 2011, 8:09 pm

      The key is to drink it cold!!!! But yes, i actually like the flavors.

      • Kris March 23, 2011, 9:33 pm

        I love coconut water. I buy the large cans in the international section of the grocery store. I think I pay about a buck for a tall can. I saw the Zico in Publix and was surprised how expensive it was.

  • Freya March 23, 2011, 2:20 pm

    I’ve drunk coconut water on a few long runs and I do think it really helped – downside was that it tasted FOUL! Most disgusting drink ever!!

  • Stacy @ Every Little Thing March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm

    i’ve tried coconut water and really didn’t like it. maybe i need to try it again haha. i’m sure i could acquire the taste, there’s not much out there i don’t like!

  • Marissa C March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm

    That’s almond butter, not peanut butter! (I actually prefer the almond variety!)

  • Stace March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm

    I was not in love with the “nutty” taste but it does make me feel good! Also, I have only tried plain I am curious if the fruit flavors are better tasting.

  • Sarah March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Coconut water is a part of my regular hot yoga practice. I’m not sure I could make it through some classes without knowing there was a cold coconut water waiting for me at the end!

  • Evan Thomas March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm

    I drank coconut water once and thought it tastes like feet. Maybe I just got a bad bottle. I haven’t drank it since just because I never drink sports drinks. I do wish they would serve something like this as opposed to powerade or gatorade at races, though. Definitely seems like the healthier option(I mean, whenever your drink is neon red it’s usually not a good sign).

  • Rachel March 23, 2011, 2:21 pm

    I love love love love love love coconut water!!!

  • Anna March 23, 2011, 2:22 pm

    How to get cheap coconut water = Goya brand! it’s legit only 1-2 dollars per can. Find it in an Hispanic foods store or your grocery store if they carry a lot of Goya products.

  • Michelle March 23, 2011, 2:27 pm

    I wanted to like it so much! But I can’t get over the taste. To me it tastes like drinking spit! (I’ve tried a few different brands.) And the last time I drank it was the day before the worst race I’ve ever had so now I’m superstitious about it. I figure I gave it a try and it’s not for me. 🙂

  • Julie (A Case of the Runs) March 23, 2011, 2:28 pm

    I was drinking bunches of it before my marathon, and people told me to watch out because it was supposedly a natural laxative. Nothing happened to me, though.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat March 23, 2011, 2:28 pm

    I haven’t tried ZICO yet, but I’d like to. I did sample a brand of coconut water (Taste Nirvana) and I really wanted to like it but couldn’t bring myself to swallow it. It was SO sweet just not for me. I’ve heard that’s not the case with all brands though. I’ve heard good things about ZICO so now I just need to find some!

  • Lili March 23, 2011, 2:30 pm

    I am from Brazil and we drink coconut water on a regular basis over there..straight from the coconut w/ a straw. And t’s a must if you are on the beach on a hot day!!! When growing up, we had 2 coconut trees in the backyard! I don’t drink as often now living in the US though. Love coconut water.

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes March 23, 2011, 2:31 pm

    I’ve never tried it…but it looks enticing. I LOVE to eat things with coconut in them, so I think I’d like it…I don’t know though, I’m pretty picky!
    I’ll have to look for it next time I am at the store.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews March 23, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Neat learning the facts about the coconut water. I have only tried one brand and didn’t like it but I really want to!

  • Emily March 23, 2011, 2:32 pm

    i am totally nuts for coconut water. because it’s so expensive i save it for post-long runs or really tough workouts. in the summertime i find my addiction to it just skyrockets.

    i do love that some coconut water has been popping up at post-race refreshment stands. If there’s any leftover after everyone’s raided the food, I totally stock up and bring an armload home with me.

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:05 pm

      I would run away with like 12 bottles!

  • Kristina March 23, 2011, 2:34 pm

    Mmm…justins maple almond butter-i’ve been restricting myself from it for 3 wks now!!!! I drink coconut water but prefer vitacoco…i’ve got my fiance on the bandwagon too, but he’ll only drink the pineapple flavored ones!

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg March 23, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I’ve never tried Coconut Water — I’m afraid it will taste too much like coconut, which I do not like.

    I usually have the G2 Gatorade because it isn’t as sugary/syrupy tasting as the regular Gatorade.

  • Darcy @ She Sings at the Table March 23, 2011, 2:35 pm

    I love coconut water after a hard workout outside, but I can usually only handle half serving as well before it starts tasting too sweet. I also swear by it as my post-out-for-drinks beverage–no ill effects the next morning 🙂

  • Gavi @ Gavi Gets Going! March 23, 2011, 2:37 pm

    I love the taste of coconut water, but I drink it pretty sparingly due to the cost. I really like Vitamin Water Zero after a tough workout, and Cytomax during long runs and races. I do love its nutty flavor, though!

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 23, 2011, 2:37 pm

    There’s nothing like coconut water from an actual coconut though. It feels so tropical. And it really does quench your thirst more than water.
    I hate gatorade, I find it too salty! If I wanted the extra sodium I’d rather eat a few salted nuts.

  • chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 23, 2011, 2:38 pm

    I’ve tried and tried and TRIEEDDD to like coconut water, but I just don’t!!

  • Nicole (I have trouble with forward motion) March 23, 2011, 2:39 pm

    I’ve tried a couple brands because there has been such a buzz about coconut water. Unfortunately not for me- the taste is nasty! 🙁 I love coconut, but this stuff does not taste like it at all to me.

  • Sarah March 23, 2011, 2:42 pm

    I’ve started drinking coconut water immediately after speed work (before a recovery meal), particularly if sweat a lot during the workout. It helps prevent me from feeling generally crappy later in the day (headaches, tiredness, etc.)

  • Lisa Fine March 23, 2011, 2:43 pm

    I really like ONE and Vita Coco, but find they’re way too pricey (and have too much packaging) to drink regularly, so I stick to water and my homemade sports drink most of the time. The only times I’ve had coconut water have been when I’ve done reviews or won giveaways.

  • Cait March 23, 2011, 2:43 pm

    Thanks for this post! I had never really thought about the sodium shortfall in coconut water as a post-workout drink. It sure feels like the best thing after hot yoga though… I’ll have to start adding some salt.

    • Therese March 23, 2011, 2:57 pm

      I’ve definitely done that… a tiny pinch of fine grain sea salt worked well during hot yoga!

  • Jen March 23, 2011, 2:45 pm

    I used coconut water during the bike portion of the Madison Ironman last fall. It works and tastes great!

  • Paige March 23, 2011, 2:46 pm

    I love coconut water. It’s a better pick me up than a soda for sure! I also like to use it after drinking and the next morning as well.

  • jenna{frombostonwithlove} March 23, 2011, 2:50 pm

    I actually just tried coconut water in a box for the first time after a race on Sunday. I love freebies.

    However, nothing can beat the real thing, straw in the coconut, side of the road, in Costa Rica under a volcano.

  • Marcie March 23, 2011, 2:54 pm

    I like coconut water a lot now. I used to hate it. Here are some tips for those of you “trying” to like it:

    1. It has a thick-ish consistency. Anticipate that and water it down a bit if that helps.
    2. Drink it ICE COLD. I tried it warm/ room temp the first couple of times and hated it.
    3. Add it to smoothies at first to get used to the subtle flavor.
    4. Do NOT expect it to taste like coconut! The water definitely has a different flavor than the coconut “meat.”

    • Lauren @ Sweet and Twisted March 23, 2011, 2:59 pm

      I was given a Zico sample at a store that was room temperature and gagged it down! I guess I should try again 🙂 I did drink a mango flavored one once and it wasn’t terrible…

      • Cait March 23, 2011, 3:02 pm

        I second the ice-cold trick. I don’t even want to tell you what the taste reminds me of when it’s warm.

  • Lisa March 23, 2011, 2:57 pm

    I wanted to like coconut water SOOO badly! I got a few at Whole Foods last summer to use as a recovery drink after running. It was VILE. It was so gross I poured it out. Did not like!

  • Ida March 23, 2011, 2:58 pm

    I liked the flavored ones okay, but think coconut water is overpriced. what I do love is Justin’s almond butter- that is worth every penny!

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) March 23, 2011, 2:59 pm

    I do think it’s good for you, but since I don’t run, I haven’t tried it. I can see the benefits after being sick like you were too, but really unless you keep it stocked, you won’t have it around for those times.

  • Dee March 23, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I love coconut water. It is one of those things I only learned about after reading healthy living blogs, and I am grateful for the find. I hope that all of its health claims are absolutely true and unembellished, because I am hooked and I like to think I am doing something good for my body when I drink them after, or during, a run. I do know that mid-run, coconut water gives me an awesome boost. (probably cuz of the natural sugar!)

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing March 23, 2011, 3:07 pm

    I WANT to like it because of all the benefits buuut the taste kinda makes me want to barf, honestly.

  • ZICO Coconut Water March 23, 2011, 3:08 pm

    Hi Caitlin, we’re happy to hear you’ve been enjoying our coconut water. We also saw you’re a big fan of oatmeal. Your version with almonds and banana looks great! We like to use coconut water instead of water for a naturally sweet, but not too sweet, breakfast.

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:04 pm

      Thanks Zico 🙂 That’s a good idea… I should put coconut water in my oatmeal.

  • Jo @ Jo In the Kitchen March 23, 2011, 3:09 pm

    I really wish I liked coconut! Every now and then I try to “teach” myself to like certain things, but it’s very cost prohibitive for something I just don’t care for.

  • Rachel March 23, 2011, 3:13 pm

    i’ve been obsessed w/ coconut water lately too! so yummy! to all of you who’ve complained about the taste, try the versions mixed w/ other fruit juices. they are WAY better! i like the coconut water w/ pineapple juice or mango. they’ve got a bit more sugar in them, but won’t leave you gagging 🙂

  • Kiran March 23, 2011, 3:19 pm

    Absolutely love coconut! Practically grew up with dozens of coconut tree around parents home 🙂 Hope you are feeling better *hugs

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me March 23, 2011, 3:21 pm

    I’ve never had coconut water. I don’t really care for coconut so I’m apprehensive to try it out. But it’s worth a try! I just haven’t tried it yet.

  • Alison @ Around the VeggieTable March 23, 2011, 3:22 pm

    I LOVE coconut water! It’s my favorite post-workout treat, especially after hot yoga.

  • Johanna B March 23, 2011, 3:24 pm

    I’ve never tried coconut water. You’ve made me curious though.

  • Mel March 23, 2011, 3:25 pm

    I’m drinking coconut water as I read this! You only need to add a tiny bit of salt to give it the same sodium as Gatorade. I think I worked out it’s about 1/8 tsp per pint and you can’t really taste it.

  • Ashley @ Feeding Ashley March 23, 2011, 3:26 pm

    I’ve never had coconut water, but I think it’s another health trend, but that doesn’t mean any of the above information isn’t true. I might try it out, I hate bananas and tomatoes so I’m probably lacking in some potassium.

  • Charlie March 23, 2011, 3:36 pm

    I can’t find coconut water anywhere here! I’d definitely want to try it :).

    PS. Maple almond butter? YUM

  • Liza March 23, 2011, 3:38 pm

    I really liked coconut water the couple times I drank it…until afterwards. It made me really nauseous! The first time it happened I thought maybe it was something else and gave it two more tries, but the same thing happened. So weird!

  • Kathy @ newlywedindc March 23, 2011, 3:43 pm

    Thanks for posting this: I’ve come to the same conclusions re: coco water vs gatorade. I like coco water and that it’s all natural, so I drink it occasionally, especially if I feel under the weather or if I’ve been drinking. But for during or after a hard run, I prefer gatorade for the sodium. To get protein after a hard workout, I’ve been drinking the Gatorade 03, which is fortified with protein. It’s hard to find though; so far I’ve only seen it at Safeway in DC.

  • Theresa @ActiveEggplant March 23, 2011, 3:53 pm

    I’ve tried coconut water twice now & really just can’t get into it! It pretty much made me gag while I was drinking it & then I had an upset stomach for a while, both times! I guess it’s just not for everyone.

  • Kacy March 23, 2011, 3:56 pm

    I love the taste of coconut water, but I purchase no beverages beyond the occasional six pack of beer or bottle of wine (my priorities might be out of line…). I drink tap water to save money. However, now that you’ve basically informed me that coconut water will change my life and make me invincible, I may have to alter my budget to squeeze it in 🙂

  • Sana March 23, 2011, 3:56 pm

    I have never had coconut water. But I hope you are feeling better now 🙂

  • Elyse March 23, 2011, 4:07 pm

    I have never had coconut water but will definitely have to give it a try. I drink 64 ounces ++ of water per day and still have been getting headaches & I don’t understand why. Maybe it would help if I started off my day with a little coconut water. Hmmm… we will see (:

  • Heather March 23, 2011, 4:08 pm

    I love coconut water! we drink it in the spring/summer b/c its ssoo hot here.
    We dont drink it mid run, but we do after a long run, and just as we think of it on a daily basis, knowing how good it is for us!

  • Katy @ A Healthy Shot March 23, 2011, 4:20 pm

    I’ve tried coconut water, but I can’t get past the taste 🙁 I’m not a fan of Gatorade either though. Sometimes I’ll mix half of either with half water to dilute the taste a little. I’m probably not getting the full effect, but that’s the only way I can stand either of them!

  • DadHTP March 23, 2011, 4:22 pm

    I think it’s this week’s pixie dust. Faster fluid uptake than water? When it’s 95% water? Where’s the science?

    If you’re hydrated, how can you feel “more hydrated”?

  • Kim March 23, 2011, 4:22 pm

    I just read an article today about a new coconut drink that is a sport drink+ coconut water. The link is:
    They have 2 flavores- lemon lime, tropical, orange

    Performance BENEFITS listed:
    • Helps to replenish your body’s fluids after exercising
    • The electrolytes replenish your body with vital nutrients
    • The carbs give your muscles energy to perform
    • The All Natural formula keeps your body pure & refreshed
    • Tastes great when you need it most

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:03 pm


  • JenRD March 23, 2011, 4:24 pm

    I love coconut water, and have been preaching to my friends and co-workers about it for a while. I find that it really helps with the, um, GI upsets my hormones cause me, as I am nearly 16 weeks preggers. Helps keep me hydrated, and thus far, have had no muscle cramps.
    My Trader Joe’s recently started carrying it, and it seems to be the cheapest there. Sometimes you can also snag deals on, especially if you sign up for recurring delivery.

  • Kristen March 23, 2011, 4:34 pm

    If you don’t mind me asking, how much do you pay for Justin’s Nut Butter? At the store near me, I’s around $8. I love it, but I can only buy it on sale!

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:02 pm

      My mother in law gave it to me 🙂

  • Clare March 23, 2011, 4:35 pm

    I think the taste is awful.

  • Heather @ Health, Happiness, and Hope March 23, 2011, 5:00 pm

    Despite the benefits, I did NOT like the taste. I honestly couldn’t even get it down! I’m all about fueling my body right, but it’s not worth it for that. Totally my personal opinion, and if someone does like the taste and notices the different in their physical health, I’m all for it.

  • Erin @ The Grass Skirt March 23, 2011, 5:01 pm

    I’m obsessed with coconut water. I hated it the first time that I tried it, but it grew on me very quickly. Now I drink it everyday!

  • erica March 23, 2011, 5:07 pm

    I drink it once in a while…I used to drink it for hangovers (before I got prego!) and it worked miracles! I kinda got turned off after that since it was connected to feeling gross already 🙂

  • Mary (What's Cookin' with Mary) March 23, 2011, 5:11 pm

    I love coconut water! I have one after a hard workout, esp if I’ve sweat a lot… I love the flavor too. I’ve had them cold and room temp and def prefer it cold.

    I’ve searched high and low for maple nut butter and could only find single servings at WF’s. LOVE that stuff.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) March 23, 2011, 5:18 pm

    I’ve never had coconut water before- so expensive!!

  • Sheilah March 23, 2011, 5:41 pm

    I’ve never tried coconut water because I’m allergic to coconut. Does anyone know if an allergy to coconut “meat” would mean that I would also be allergic to coconut water? I haven’t taken my chances with it because it seems intuitively like a bad idea, but at the same time I’m not allergic to coconut oil, so it could go either way.
    (If anyone’s curious, I’m allergic, though thankfully not anaphylactically, to peanuts and tree nuts, too.)

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:02 pm

      I think you would still have a reaction to it – most patients at our clinic who are allergic to coconut are also allergic to coconut water

      • Sheilah March 24, 2011, 9:20 am

        Thanks! 🙂

  • Ellie@fitforthesoul March 23, 2011, 5:57 pm

    Yes I drink Zico coconut water from time to time! i believe it does help with keeping away the thirst. 🙂

  • hippierunner March 23, 2011, 6:05 pm

    During my marathon on Sunday, they were handing this out and I had a swig from a cup of it while running (even though I had never tried it before) and it was so yummy! Reminded me of pineapple for some reason. I would probably buy some if not for $$.

  • Sam @ the neurotic yogini March 23, 2011, 6:11 pm

    I’ve never actually tried it but I’ve read a lot about it! Guess it’s time to actually taste it now! 🙂

  • Jaclyn March 23, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Love those go to lunches – so funny!

    I have tried coconut water and it’s… good… just not a HUGE fan.. plus i’d rather splurge on the really good stuff ha 😉

  • Megan March 23, 2011, 6:15 pm

    I love coconut water! It’s so good when you freeze it and eat it instead of drinking it. Refreshing 🙂

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:01 pm

      Popsicles?! Oh yummy.

  • Laura March 23, 2011, 6:25 pm

    I am literally OBSESSED with coconut water too! I’m actually currently drinking a little Zico juicebox right now! For all those college students like me out there, coconut water is the hangover miracle cure! There is nothing like an ice cold coconut water after a night of drinking 🙂 I’m so glad you share my obsession, caitlin!

  • Amber March 23, 2011, 6:26 pm

    I love coconut water. Costco just started carrying it by the 12 pack so that is really nice. About $12 for 12. I do feel like it works as a diuertic though.

  • Kim March 23, 2011, 6:28 pm

    I read your blog pretty regularly and today at work someone posted an Operation Beautiful note in the bathroom! It made my day! 🙂

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:00 pm

      Yay! That is wonderful. Did you snag a pic?

      • Kim March 24, 2011, 11:37 am

        Unfortunately, I didn’t get a pic! But, it was such a positive thing to see!!

  • Jen March 23, 2011, 7:02 pm

    I love coconut water! I don’t buy it very often because it’s pricey, but once in a while I’ll grab one when I’m at Whole Foods if I’m in the mood for it. I definitely go through phases of drinking it more often. Recently I tried coconut water with pulp for the first time. It had bits of coconut in it, which I thought was really cool! You should try it sometime!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin March 23, 2011, 7:16 pm

    I drink coconut water, but not too often because it’s not at my usual grocery store. Even if it is just a health food craze, it at least has the science to back it up. There’s no doubt about it that those electolytes are great for after a workout! 😀

  • Ashley @ Thefitacademic March 23, 2011, 7:24 pm

    I dunno, i’ve had coconut water before (went through a little fad there for awhile), but I never really noticed any huge benefits. And, like you said, it can be pretty pricey!

  • JenRD March 23, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Ya know, I wonder if you could make a balanced recovery smoothie with coconut water. You could add a banana (or other fruit) for carbs, and some salted nut butter for protein and sodium!

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:00 pm

      Good idea, JenRD!

  • Sara @ Running In Pink Project March 23, 2011, 7:29 pm

    Sometimes it grosses me out. But when I truly need it (like after bikram yoga) it tastes good to me. My studio sells a different brand and I sometimes drink the pineapple flavored one. Its pretty good.

  • Lauren @ Team Giles March 23, 2011, 7:34 pm

    Crazy that you posted about this. I JUST brought some Zico coconut water for my race this weekend. I’ve tried “ONE” coconut water and liked it. So hoping Zico is just as good. I got the Pomegranate kind. 🙂

  • Joanna@DrizzleofSunshine March 23, 2011, 7:58 pm

    I LOOOVE Coconut water!! I buy it by the caseload from Costco. I like to have it before or after my runs! If you like coconut water, you’ll love Buko Juice which is a filipino baby coconut water/juice. It’s a nice sweet treat and bonus…it has chunks of real coconut in it!

  • K March 23, 2011, 7:59 pm

    I’m with you Caitlin – I LOVE coconut water. I also split my servings up since it IS expensive. (Why does everything good have to be so darn expensive?!)

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 8:59 pm

      K is expensive!

  • Katie @ Up Fit Creek March 23, 2011, 8:25 pm

    I love it, but I don’t drink it’s regularly. You’re right that it’s expensive. I make it a once-in-a-while treat and only buy when it’s on sale.

  • Nicole @ Yuppie Yogini March 23, 2011, 8:28 pm

    I would like to have a coconut water IV. LOL

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 8:58 pm

      Heheh me too!

  • Tracy @ Commit To Fit March 23, 2011, 8:39 pm

    I have never tried it, but am reading about it on quite a few blogs. I would love to give it a go and see how I feel post-workout.

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 23, 2011, 8:41 pm

    I have never tried it- but it looks like I should!

  • Amykinz @ Foodie 4 Healing March 23, 2011, 9:01 pm

    Do you how many carbs are in a serving? I’m Gestational Diabetic & need to watch my carb intake.

    • Caitlin March 23, 2011, 9:03 pm

      I think Zico has the info on their website.

  • Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 23, 2011, 9:04 pm

    I’ve never tried it, but in part because of the cost. I like drinking gatorade after my runs, but I also sweat *a lot* so I come home thirsty and gatorade helps!

  • BroccoliHut March 23, 2011, 9:52 pm

    Even though I LOVE coconut, I have never been able to get into coconut water. I haven’t tried it in a while, so maybe I should give it another go?

  • Missy Miller March 23, 2011, 10:20 pm

    I LOVE it. No really. LOVE.
    It makes me feel amazing.
    I love that brand, too.
    I have not developed the taste to distinguish between that and the other brand (O.N.E) but I will say I tried the traditional non-trendy stuff in the can (unsweetened, in the “cultural” food section) and it has the bits and pieces I can’t get past. I buy the “designer” labels.

  • Sarah March 23, 2011, 10:28 pm

    Ive tried coconut water before and liked it a lot but i have never tried ZICO, i think ill pick some up next time im out shopping!

  • Lana March 23, 2011, 11:26 pm

    I just started drinking coconut water about a month ago. I combined it with agave and hemp protein powder for post run fuel while I was training for my half marathon and it worked wonders!!! I’m so glad you posted all the benefits of it…I didn’t know half of that! I’m totally on board with the coconut water.

  • Casey March 23, 2011, 11:36 pm

    LOVE coconut water!

    O.N.E. and ZICO are definitely the best brands. VitaCoco tastes very artificial to me…

    I don’t mind that it’s getting “trendy” … maybe the prices will go down!
    Kind of like almond milk… now you can get double the size for the same price since it became so popular.


  • sarah (sarah learns) March 23, 2011, 11:43 pm

    i looooove coconut water! but i only get it for treats every now and then, along with my beloved kombucha. why are these delicious drink so expensive?!

  • Dean March 24, 2011, 12:07 am

    I have tried almost every brand of coconut water and my absolute favorite is from Taste Nirvana and comes in a glass container. I find it at Ralph’s (Krogers) or Henry’s Market.

    They also have a Coco Aloe combo that is delicious and only about 10 calories more than the coconut water alone.

    I swear by the stuff for after a hard workout. I had virtually no pain after my first triathlon this past weekend, I believe, in part, due to consuming that and a banana afterwards. Potassium overload!

  • Haley March 24, 2011, 12:35 am

    I’m a huge fan of coconut water – fresh from the nuts, if possible :). It’s so good for us, and I’d much rather drink it than something like gatorade.

  • khushboo March 24, 2011, 1:35 am

    I love coconut water and also drink it daily! In Mumbai, its available in an abundance which is awesome. I drink it straight out of the coconut with a straw! Especially in the heat/after a workout, it is super hydrating. I can’t believe I used to hate the taste, can’t live without it now

  • Marie-Sophie March 24, 2011, 3:21 am

    Coconut water actually really helped me with migraines after long strenous exercise (I always got terrible migraines after 1,5 hours TAE BO and no doctor knew what was wrong). I learned about it after Joy from wrote about headaches during or after workouts and suggested an electrolyte drink, the best being coconut water. Works wonders! I also would love to drink it every day but I just cannot afford it. So I always keep some at home after workouts and bring some to work with me as it seems to help with headaches as well.

    Gotta love anything natural that helps against headache & migraines!!!!

  • Emma (Namaste Everyday) March 24, 2011, 3:30 am

    I’ve never tried it but I’ve been interested. a lot of bimbos (pardon my language) here at Uni drink it when they are hungover. Apparently it works for them!

  • M March 24, 2011, 8:05 am

    Whoa, you just did a free commerical for this
    they should hire you for PR!!!

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 8:11 am

      That’s what I’m saying 🙂 hahah no, i just really like zico!

  • Meaghan March 24, 2011, 8:49 am

    I am obsessed with coconut water. I am not a fan of Zico though. I can only drink their flavored coconut waters and I’d rather avoid those. Those who have said they don’t like coconut water should try different brands, I bet they will find one they like! Personally, I am obsessed with Vita Coco and buy it by the case 😉 O.N.E. coconut water is also really delish and Whole Foods seems to have it on sale a lot. I crave coconut water daily now but like you said, it’s sooo expensive so I try to only drink it after hot yoga or a run.

  • Sara @ OurDogBuffy March 24, 2011, 8:56 am

    I really like the taste and it makes me feel better too. Half serving for me too. It is SO expensive. When I find it on sale I stock up!

  • Amanda March 24, 2011, 10:05 am

    TOTALLY not about the coconut water. I see you have Justin’s Maple Nut Butter. I could BATHE in this stuff I love it so much! I eat it every single morning and I look forward to it like nothing else!

  • Cindy Robinson March 24, 2011, 10:12 am

    I’ve never tried coconut water, but your pictures and descriptions look so refreshing, that you bet I’m going to get some now 🙂
    Regarding whether or not it’s benefits are legit. I truly believe that our minds will do amazing things, whatever we believe in, those things will happen. So if it makes you feel amazing, then keep doing that! 🙂

  • Amber K March 24, 2011, 12:22 pm

    I think it has its benefits. But see…it tastes like coconut. And apparently to my tastebuds, that’s a bad thing.

  • kk March 24, 2011, 1:33 pm

    i love coconut water! i buy young coconuts instead of zico- way cheaper in my city.

    as you mentioned, coconut water is purely a source of electrolytes, not a source of carbs. this means that it is NOT an appropriate recovery drink. but add some carbs (forget the protein- more on that in a sec) and you’re good to go. pre- and mid-workout, i have dates blended with coconut water. simple carbs and electrolytes and hardly any digestion needed- it’s a perfect fuel. post-workout, i have coconut water blended with bananas and spinach or romaine. carbs, electrolytes and greens- perfect recovery stuff (nutrient-dense greens are one of the best things you can include in your recovery mix).

    protein . . . there’s a lot of hype about this. i’m low-fat raw vegan and i eat only raw fruit and veg. my diet is 5% fat, 5% protein and 90% carbs. i know some people will call me crazy and tell me i’m going to wither away and die, but let me tell you- i am killing it in my training, i have no problem putting on muscle, my energy is through the roof and my recovery is unreal. i can’t remember the last time i was sore after a punishing hill run, speedwork or a 4hr long run. also, i don’t get sick anymore (colds, flus, etc can’t touch you when you eat this way!) and i’m way less prone to injury. bottom line . . . do a little digging on the protein issue and you might be surprised at what you find.

    • Caitlin March 24, 2011, 3:59 pm

      Dang! Glad to hear your diet is working so well for you!!! Good luck with training!

  • Dominique March 24, 2011, 9:43 pm

    I recently tried Zico brand coconut water and don’t like it. I bought a few to try out and there’s something about it that doesn’t vibe with me. I much prefer VitaCoco compared to Zico. It has a “pure-r” coconut flavour if that makes any sense. I’m also a coconut fanatic so I don’t find natural coconut water disgusting at all but I do not like those brands with the added sugar and pulp like Grace and etc.

    • Brianna March 25, 2011, 2:35 am

      I agree. Zico is not my favorite. I love C2O from Whole foods. It’s the best to me!

  • Rodrigo January 15, 2013, 12:16 am

    Guys, I can’t believe I hear people say Coconut Water tastes bad. The reason is that you are buying a drink that really should never be bottled or packaged. As a Brazilian, we drink coconut water all the time. YES – IT TASTES AMAZING; but only if it is FRESH and COLD. You can’t even leave Coconut Water in your fridge for a few hours because it will lose its taste. Now imagine how much preservatives must be in these canned drinks? No wonder they taste funky. Sorry – fresh Coconut Water destroys Gatorade. A fresh natural fruit drink or something made from a who knows what and mixed in Kentucky? Please … no comparison here. Bottom line, try to find real coconuts because that is the perfect water.

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