It seems like summer is finally here in Utah! Summer means hiking, sun tan lines, Birkenstocks, and enjoying Sunday afternoon picnics! You know one key element for a perfect picnic?! Fresh lemonade.
I’m talking real pulp included lemonade, none of that powdered stuff. Now, what would be better than fresh lemonade on a summer day?
Coconut Water Lemonade.
Whether you are looking for a delicious treat or a post-workout recovery drink for the hot summer months, this minty Coconut Water Lemonade recipe has you covered. Make this coconut water lemonade, enjoy the heat, and transport yourself to the topical islands.
Coconut water is mother nature’s sports drink. It is the ultimate thirst quencher and is packed with nutrients that yield an array of health benefits.
Unlike any other beverage on the market, coconut water contains five essential electrolytes that are present in the human body. These include: calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and sodium.
During rigorous exercise or extended periods of physical activity, the human body loses mineral-rich fluids. However, coconut water serves as an excellent replacement medium with 294 mg of potassium and 5 mg of natural sugar per glass, unlike your favorite sports drink that only contains half of the potassium content and five times the amount of processed sugar. In addition, the sodium count is only 25 mg, which is relatively low compared to the 41 and 20 mg found in sports drinks and energy drinks respectively.
So sip up, and enjoy some coconut water lemonade during the hot summer days! There is no hard and fast rule regarding the amount that should be consumed on a daily basis, but experts from the Mayo Clinic strongly suggest that you consider maintaining an active lifestyle if consuming large amounts of coconut water since each eight ounce serving is accompanied by 45 to 60 calories.
|Prep Time: 5 mins|
|Total Time: 5 mins|
- 67.6 ounces or 2 liters of coconut water (I buy two large containers of coconut water at my local grocery store)
- 2 tablespoons organic sugar or coconut water
- 2 lemons sliced
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 small bunch mint
- 2 cups ice
- In a pitcher, combine the coconut water, lemon juice and sugar together.
- Stir to mix well.
- Add the sliced lemons, fresh mint and ice into the pitcher.