Count down to Labor Day and the dog days of summer.
We’ve been experiencing those few really hot weeks of the year in SoCal – the days where you either have to turn on the air conditioning or flock to the beach with other masses of feverish city-dwellers.
I love coming home after a day of sweaty commuting to a freezer of chilled, refreshing treats.
These are gently sweetened with pure coconut water, creamy and cold. Just the thing.
Coconut water is a well-known darling of the health-conscious. No wonder considering its hydration abilities, delicate sweetness, and having as much potassium as four bananas!
It’s known as nature’s Gatoraid for its electrolyte-balancing and muscle regulation properties without the added sugars, artificial coloring and flavors.
Of course natural sugar is sugar none-the-less, and it’s best to keep it down to a small glass a day. But even Candida dieters can benefit from reasonable amounts of the easily digestible carbohydrates in this cooling drink.
As usual, coconut water is one of those products that was discovered as beneficial, marketed to an extreme, and consequently demonized by ethically convicted journalists.
But the old Golden Rule comes in to play here – all things in moderation. If you’re drinking sensible amounts, you can benefit from it and the cost will be negligible. Even those who shoot down the maniacal health claims don’t deny the benefits like lower risk of stroke from the extra potassium and reduced risk of osteoporosis due to the calcium content.
When you’re on a fairly restricted or at least very clean diet, little gifts from nature like this can really make a huge difference in your outlook.
Since I started eating some fruit and drinking coconut water, I just feel better, less stressed and happier. This is backed up by some claims that completely cutting sugar out is actually stressful for the body and drains the adrenals. Strained adrenals can mean lower immunity, hormonal imbalances. That’s just the opposite of what we’re trying to accomplish, here!
But man (or woman) cannot live on coconut water alone.
I like to mix it with some coconut butter and tahini and scoop it into either ice cube trays or candy molds. The mixture will seem watery at first, but once you stir it up, it’ll solidify into a batter.
The tahini gives it a grounding flavor, which accents the sweetness of the coconut water and buter. I even tried almond and sunbutter and they just didn’t finish as nicely as the tahini version. Plus the tahini version is ever-so-slightly lighter tasting. Just what you need when it’s hot out.
Then from there you can either use popsicle sticks (I used wooden skewers broken up) in the center so you have milky little baby popsuckers (yes I made that word up), or you can just eat them loosely like pieces of fudge.
Either way they’re a lot of fun and great to look forward to as you head home in these final, sultry days of summer heat.
- ¼ cup coconut water
- ¼ cup coconut butter
- 2 Tbs tahini
- Stir all ingredients until combined and scoop into ice cube trays or candy moulds.
- Insert popsicle sticks into center (optional)
- Freeze for at least 30 minutes