We’re in a heat advisory here in the Bluegrass. Temps in the 90’s and high humidity create a heat index of 109 and chances of heat illness are much higher. The air outside is sticky and it’s like breathing through a wet sponge. People with chronic illness or over 65 are requested to stay in air conditioned areas as much as possible so we’re inside our nice cool little town home with the shades drawn (to block sun heat), the air conditioner running, and cool beverages consumed.
Although we generally consume tea and water until this passes we’ll be adding in the electrolyte balancing coconut water, which got me to thinking about well – coconuts, and of course, that led me to Hawaii and this shot of a coconut palm near our hotel. Ahhhh…. the thirst quenching goodness of a just popped coconut. In Kauai they keep young green coconuts in a bin of ice, you purchase one, they lop off the top, dig out the plug and stick in a straw. Voila, instant health food. High in potassium and antioxidants, coconut water is an extremely hydrating beverage brimming with electrolytes. No fat, no sugar and cholesterol free, coconut water offers more potassium than four bananas. The coconut’s sweet, nutty taste makes the water quite refreshing, plus it is great for replacing lost fluids. So here’s to you *raising a young green coconut in salute*.
“I’ve got a lovely bunch of coconuts
There they are, all standing in a row
Big ones, small ones, some as big as your head
Give them a twist a flick of the wrist
That’s what the showman said”
Til next time ~Stay safe, stay sane, stay hydrated ~JP