It’s major truth bomb time – I really, really don’t like coconut water. Forgive me but it’s hard to like something that tastes a little diluted, spoiled milk. I mean, every fibre of my being really wants to like coconut water – it’s an incredible hydrator, it helps to reduce inflammation, regulates blood pressure, and it’s chockful of essential minerals and mineral salts – but I just can’t stomach the stuff on its own. I see people downing a bottle of the stuff and can’t help but be both jealous of them and a little bit confused at the same time. But then, one fine day, a box of Vita Coco’s flavoured coconut water arrived on my doorstep and everything changed. This little box of goodness opened up a whole new world of coconut water to me and I couldn’t be more excited! If, like me, you loathe the taste of coconut water then you need to try these fruity flavoured coconut waters – trust me, it will change EVERYTHING!
There’s no doubt that coconut water has loads of health benefits so when the coconut water craze hit I was the first person to jump on-board the bandwagon. Sadly, after one taste of the stuff I jumped right off said bandwagon. It was a confusing time for me. I love all things coconut – I love those little tubs of fresh coconut slices from Woolies and would gladly have them over chocolate any day (I’m an odd sausage) – but coconut water just didn’t agree with my taste buds. Which is why I was so super excited about Vita Coco’s extended range of fruity coconut waters. The flavoured range includes Pineapple, Lemonade, and Peach & Mango and they’re all simply delicious.
My favourite flavour has to be the Pineapple flavour – a blend of coconut water (84%), pineapple puree (14%), coconut puree (2%), and vitamin C come together to create a refreshing instant luau in a bottle. It’s delicious on its own but is also a great addition to smoothies! The Peach and Mango flavour is also the perfect treat for warm summer days and is a blend of coconut water (87%), mango puree (9%), peach Puree (1%), and vitamin C. It has a stronger mango flavour but the peachy goodness is definitely there. And, for those who love something a little bitter-sweet, you have to try the lemonade flavour – a blend of coconut water and natural lemon puree – it’s chockful of electrolytes and will quench your thirst in an instant (*cough* it’s a great hangover cure too *cough*).
The great thing about the Vita Coco fruity range is that while it only contains a small amount of fruit juice (keeping the sugar content low), that little amount completely changes the flavour profile of the coconut water. I could drink bottles and bottles of the fruity flavoured stuff and am now so excited to be firmly on-board the coconut water train. I love it so much that I actually crave a bottle of coconut water after a tough workout and am amazed at how quickly it helps to rehydrate you. The lemon flavour, in particular, is a lifesaver of note when you need a little extra pep in your step. I also found it helps to settle my stomach when I’m not feeling so great and a little birdy told me it’s a winner of note when you’re trying to recover from a stomach bug too!
The Vita Coco fruity flavoured coconut waters are available in a variety of sizes including 330ml, 500ml (pineapple only), and 1 litre (pineapple only) and are can be found at Woolworths stores, independent retailers, lifestyle and fitness centres at R24,95 for a 330ml bottle and R54,95 for the 1 Litre. For more information on Vita Coco South Africa visit their website.
After years of working as an Editor and writer for popular websites like Joburg’s Darling, Cape Town’s Darling and Joburg.co.za, Crystal left her sanity and an established career in lifestyle journalism behind to follow her dream of creating a website for the intellectual and discerning woman. Today she spends her time chasing the thrill of being the first to know about ‘the next big thing’. She’ll try anything once and has been known to put her body, hair and health on the line – all in the name of research.