Well, I think it’s the tastiest hydration option, anyway. Coconut water is getting a lot of attention lately as being better than Gatorade and other sports drinks for the average workout, and sometimes plain water just won’t cut it. Something’s missing.
With coconut water, you get the extra electrolytes without all the sodium you could be sucking down with other sports drinks. You also get as much potassium as you would from eating a banana.
To me, health and hydration benefits aside, it just tastes good, too. Even the plain one. But the chocolate one? Oh my goodness, it’s like a post-workout dessert (so no more working out and then going out for ice cream afterward).
If you’re a sucker for a glass of chocolate milk, especially if you have a dairy allergy, this may be what you’re looking for. It’s got a thinner consistency than milk, of course, but there’s so much flavor.
Ingredients include: coconut water, coconut cream, cocoa, vanilla, and carrageenan. Calorie-wise, you won’t have to feel too guilty; it’s 110 calories for a 14 oz. bottle.
Another way I like to take advantage of the chocolate flavor in this coconut water is by adding protein powder and shaking it up. It’s a quick and easy on-the-go protein shake that won’t require a blender, frozen fruit, yogurt, or anything that makes protein drinks a challenge when you’re not just hanging out at home.
Don’t be surprised if you find yourself so addicted, you’re stocking up at every opportunity. It’s perfect for taking care of those chocolate cravings without feeling like you completely unraveled the effects of your last workout.
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