Nourishing smoothies and coconut water mocktails

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Water is always my first drink of choice to stay hydrated, but there are the times when you just feel like something a little different. There are also those times when you are out socialising and you want to take something nice to drink that isn’t alcohol.  So many drinks are packed with sugar, but something that is refreshing, tasty and much lower in sugar than fruit juice is coconut water. It contains about half the sugar of juice, and also provides some potassium.   It makes the perfect base for mocktails, and adds a lovely flavour to nourishing green smoothies.

Recently I was sent some CoAqua coconut water to try out and it is really delicious.   Their coconut water is from Vietnam, taken from young coconuts at 6 months and you can actually taste the difference between this and other brands (I didn’t believe it would taste different, but it does!).  It tastes really fresh and has an amazing, pure coconut taste that I’ve been enjoying. I like that it also comes in recyclable bottles and nice slimline cans which are the perfect measure for making drinks and smoothies. You can find this brand at New World Supermarkets and Farro Fresh.

I’ve been experimenting with some new drinks and today I’m sharing with you a couple of my favourite simple coconut water based drinks – firstly the best ever tropical green smoothie and some ‘mocktail’ type drinks which are great for summer entertaining or a refreshing drink on a warm evening.
I’m a bit particular when it comes to green smoothies – if I’m going to be drinking my greens, I also want them to be tasting good too.  I’ve had some horrible green smoothie combinations, but this smoothie is a goodie!  It’s a yummy way to boost your fruit and vegetable intake for the day.

Tropical Green Smoothie

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Since being on maternity leave, I’ve been enjoying this regularly as an afternoon drink as it’s refreshing, tasty and hydrating plus it’s an easy way to get an extra serve of fruit and vegetables in my diet.

The pineapple and coconut water are all that are needed to give this a yummy flavour, the vegetables added don’t have a strong flavour and the avocado adds a delicious creaminess.

Ingredients:

Approximately 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 handful of ice cubes
¼ cucumber
4-5 cos lettuce leaves
2 florets of broccoli
1 can CoAqua coconut water
¼ small avocado
½  tablespoon chia seeds
Juice from ½ a lemon
Optional:  1 sprig of mint

To make: simply place all the ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
Makes 1 large glass

 

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Coconut water mocktails

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The CoAqua drinks taste great by themselves, but they’re also delicious blended with some fresh fruit to create fruity ‘mocktails’.  My favourite is the cranberry and mango – frozen cranberries taste amazing and are also a source of Vitamin C and high in antioxidants.  These are the perfect Friday night drink to relax with and are super simple to make too.  Here’s the recipes.

 

  • Lemon, lime and passionfruit
    Juice from ½ lemon
    Juice from 1 lime
    Passionfruit pulp (You can buy this frozen and I scoop about 3 teaspoons in)
    1 can of CoAqua coconut water
    1 handful of ice cubes

 

  • Cranberry and mango
    ½ cup frozen cranberries
    ½ cup frozen mango pieces
    1 can of CoAqua coconut water

 

  • Coconut and pineapple
    1/3 cup chopped pineapple pieces
    2-3 teaspoons coconut milk
    1 handful of ice cubes
    1 can of CoAqua coconut water

 

To create the drinks, simply blend together ingredients in a blender until smooth. Garnish with fresh fruit and herbs.

These all make one serve, but you can double, triple the recipe etc as required if you have guests.

Enjoy.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

I’m giving away a case of the new slimline CoAqua cans.  That’s 24 cans so you can try CoAqua and whip up some of these recipes for yourself.

To be into win, comment below with what recipe you think you’d try out.

Winner will be drawn November 25th and notified via email. Their name will also be published on this post.  Open to NZ entries only.

This post was made possible thanks to CoAqua.

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100 Responses to Nourishing smoothies and coconut water mocktails

  1. Debra November 7, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    I would try all 3 fruity smoothies, they sound so delicious. the very first one would be Mango and Cranberry as I have frozen mango in my freezer.

  2. Georgie Bayly November 7, 2016 at 10:53 am #

    Coconut and pineapple screams ‘Summer’ for me, so definitely keen to try this one out! 🙂

  3. michael November 7, 2016 at 11:43 am #

    Lemon, Lime and Passionfruit would have to be a must try. Fresh and tangy. Mike

  4. Kathie November 7, 2016 at 1:11 pm #

    Your green smoothie recipe sounds great – I’m keen to try it!

  5. Robyn November 7, 2016 at 3:26 pm #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit would be my choice!

  6. Ben November 8, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

    Pineapple coconut spuds great to me

  7. Jen November 8, 2016 at 9:15 pm #

    Lemon lime and passion fruit sounds delish!

  8. Rebecca Furzeland November 8, 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    Cranberry and Mango sounds like a great mocktail creation to me!

  9. Lauren November 9, 2016 at 10:36 am #

    Lemon lime and passion fruit sounds delicious!

  10. Krista thom November 9, 2016 at 3:48 pm #

    Yum definitely the green smoothie! Such a good way to get more goodness in during the day!

  11. Jan November 9, 2016 at 9:50 pm #

    Lemon, Lime and Passionfruit. My daughter and I would both love to try. So refreshing.

  12. Amanda November 11, 2016 at 4:39 am #

    CoAqua is actually amazing right, I wasn’t expecting it to taste different either but I really loved it! Love your mocktail ideas too!

  13. Shirley Wilson November 12, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    Cranberry and mango sounds a great combo to try.

  14. Rebecca November 14, 2016 at 2:41 pm #

    Cranberry and mango sounds like me

  15. Emma November 14, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

    Mmmm coconut and pineapple please ????

  16. Emma November 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm #

    !!!!**

  17. Georgia November 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm #

    Cranberry and mango for me for sure, simple and refreshing. Makes me feel like making a smoothie now..

  18. Ella November 14, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

    Lemon, lime and passion fruit 100%! Sounds so refreshing.

  19. Emily Taylor November 14, 2016 at 4:35 pm #

    Coconut and pineapple sounds great

  20. Gabby Keys November 14, 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit!!!

  21. Nicole November 14, 2016 at 5:35 pm #

    Cranberry mango or lemon lime without the passion fruit

  22. Vanessa November 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm #

    Lemon lime and passionfruit, but they all look good 🙂

  23. Maggie November 14, 2016 at 5:59 pm #

    All of them sounds really good! The pineapple and coconut or cranberry mango are two high on my list! Yumm ^_^

  24. Victoria Bostan November 14, 2016 at 6:04 pm #

    Cranberry and mango sounds divine! I’d love to try it out 🙂

  25. Lisa Green November 14, 2016 at 6:20 pm #

    Coconut and Pineapple sounds delish perfect summer drink 🙂

  26. Catherine L November 14, 2016 at 6:31 pm #

    Coconut & pineapple cause I love pineapple.

  27. Laura Neilson November 14, 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    I would try cranberry and mango.

  28. Irene Eades November 14, 2016 at 6:43 pm #

    Omg these are fantastic!
    The Coconut and pineapple sounds perfect!!!

  29. Sheree November 14, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

    I’m really keen to try the tropical green smoothie, I love avocado in smoothies but haven’t yet tried broccoli.

  30. Mike November 14, 2016 at 6:51 pm #

    Lime, lemon & passionfriut!

  31. Marie November 14, 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    I’m partial to lemon, lime & bitters – so I’d have to say I’d love to try Lemon Lime & Passionfruit thanks ????

  32. Heidi Seal November 14, 2016 at 7:28 pm #

    Coconut and pineapple – the thought of it is making my mouth water….yum!!!

  33. Kaitlyn November 14, 2016 at 7:32 pm #

    Coconut and pineapple! Will be a reminder of faraway island holidays!

  34. Kylie elwin November 14, 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    Coconut and pineapple. Would also do cucumber and mint heaven in a glass

  35. tonia clifton November 14, 2016 at 8:15 pm #

    I would love to try cranberry and mango

  36. Gabrielle Thompson November 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm #

    The lemon lime and passionfruit sounds so good!!!!

  37. Mel November 14, 2016 at 8:43 pm #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit

  38. Nina Goodman November 14, 2016 at 9:03 pm #

    Lemon Lime and Passionfruit sounds delish!

  39. Kate Southern November 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    cranberry and mango sounds awesome!!!

  40. Amber November 14, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

    I am so trying the Coconut and Pineapple nomnomnomnom

  41. Ashleigh Barber November 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm #

    Yum coconut and pineapple sounds great to me!

  42. Toni November 14, 2016 at 9:48 pm #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit but really I want to try them all!!! Yumo

  43. Georgie November 14, 2016 at 10:00 pm #

    Coconut & pineapple for sure! Minimum ingredients, maximum taste

  44. Kathryn Flannery November 14, 2016 at 10:53 pm #

    Cocount and pineapple sounds delicious to try. Yum!

  45. Suzannah Newton November 15, 2016 at 1:20 am #

    Coconut and pineapple sounds perfection

  46. Cath November 15, 2016 at 4:54 am #

    I’d love to try cranberry and mango – 2 of my favourite fruits together which I’d never thought to do before!

  47. Andrea Sullivan November 15, 2016 at 5:15 am #

    They all sound great but i would try the pineapple and coconut one first ????

  48. Bella November 15, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    Coconut and pineapple sounds yummy!!

  49. Becky November 15, 2016 at 7:37 am #

    Tropical green smoothie sounds good.

  50. Meg November 15, 2016 at 7:51 am #

    Cranberry and manga sounds pretty good ????

  51. Leonie Orwin November 15, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I’m going to try them all!!!!

  52. Christy November 15, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Lemon lime and passionfruit mmmm 3 of my faves

  53. Jo November 15, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Gosh it’s hard to choose one as they all sound fab. Maybe the pineapple one first …. But seriously I’m trying them all.

  54. Kim November 15, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit sounds delicious yum yum!

  55. Hannah November 15, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    I would love to try the tropical green smoothie!

  56. Hannah Atkinson November 15, 2016 at 11:58 am #

    I would love to try out your coconut and pineapple! It sounds so refreshing for a hot day!

  57. Marlene Wakelin November 15, 2016 at 12:16 pm #

    I would love to try the Lemon, Lime & Passionfruit! Such a great combination of flavours! Bring on summer 😀

  58. Sarah November 15, 2016 at 12:28 pm #

    Definitely coconut and pineapple one,love everything with coconut

  59. Katharina Hall November 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm #

    they all sound pretty amazing! I’ll try the cranberry mango one, that’s a bit different!

  60. Kylie gilmore November 15, 2016 at 5:37 pm #

    Tropical green smoothie

  61. Linda Gordon November 15, 2016 at 7:58 pm #

    Coconut and pineapple

  62. Blaise Turnbull November 15, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

    definitely the lemon, lime and passionfruit mockail!! sounds super refreshing and beautiful

  63. Mikayla November 16, 2016 at 8:18 am #

    I would love to try Lemon, lime and passion fruit ???? Yummy!

  64. Toni-Rose Brookes November 16, 2016 at 8:23 am #

    Lemon lime and passionfruit! ????

  65. Arna Conder November 16, 2016 at 8:42 am #

    Lemon lime and passionfruit sounds amazing. That would be so refreshing especially after exercise.

  66. Arna Conder November 16, 2016 at 8:44 am #

    Actually I think I changed my mind. Coconut and pineapple! That takes me back to island drinks by the water.

  67. Jen Porritt November 16, 2016 at 12:31 pm #

    I really would like to try the coconut and pineapple !

  68. Rachel November 16, 2016 at 2:03 pm #

    Lemon lime passionfruit sounds incredible and so refreshing.. Perfect for summer!! 🙂

  69. tiana smith November 16, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    ohhh they all look so yummy!! would be amazing for me and my baby! ( breastfeeding ) haha???? ohhh but ild get so addicted to cranberrie and mango!! yum! ??

  70. Charissa November 16, 2016 at 8:22 pm #

    I make similar recipes all the time for my smoothies/drinks but have never used CoAqua before. I’d love to try the coconut and pineapple however!

  71. Jess November 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm #

    Coconut & pineapple, yum!!

  72. Victoria November 17, 2016 at 6:31 am #

    I would definitely make the lemon, lime and passion fruit. It sounds so refreshing!

  73. Rita Yosef November 17, 2016 at 7:04 am #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit

  74. Samantha November 17, 2016 at 9:58 am #

    They all looks so good! But I think first up I would try the cranberry and mango, yummmmmmm… but of course I would try all of them!

  75. Toni November 17, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    I would love to try them all pleaes

  76. kerri November 20, 2016 at 4:32 am #

    I’m going to try the green smoothie like the idea of this as alternative to my usual cup of tea mid afternoon. Great to get some non alcholic drink suggestions that are lower I’m sugar too.

  77. Bex November 20, 2016 at 9:42 am #

    How good do these look especially with warmer months coming soon!! I am so all over the cranberry and mango yumm!! xx

  78. Nikki O'Neill November 22, 2016 at 8:59 pm #

    Lemon Lime and passion fruit

  79. Aaron Wells November 22, 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    Lemon lime and passionfruit

  80. Beth November 22, 2016 at 10:11 pm #

    Yum they all sound good but the coconut & pineapple would definitely be my go to! ????

  81. Eddy Gies November 22, 2016 at 10:16 pm #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit sounds real yummy that one first

  82. Anne-Marie November 23, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    I love that coconut / pineapple combo so would live to try that one out but they all sound delish.

  83. Sarah Dupont November 23, 2016 at 6:43 am #

    Oh lemon lime & passionfruit sounds yum!

  84. Kylie November 23, 2016 at 6:55 am #

    Tropical green sounds like a great meal in a glass! And to just chill out and be refreshed I am super keen to try thr mango and cranberry!!! 😀

  85. Georgina Yarranton November 23, 2016 at 6:57 am #

    The tropical green smoothie and the lemon, lime and passion fruit cocktail sound sooo good! Would be so refreshing in summer

  86. Leslie Whitehead November 23, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    Cranberry and Mango <3

  87. Rebecca Pawa November 23, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit sounds amazing. Im defintely gonna make that for my mum and I

  88. Mel Rankin November 23, 2016 at 10:16 am #

    Omg all sound so yummy
    But I drink cranberry juice for infections
    So would love to try cranberry and mango please

  89. Tracey Mantell November 23, 2016 at 1:24 pm #

    Cranberry and mango sounds really good

  90. Vanessa smith November 23, 2016 at 3:19 pm #

    Lemon lime passionfruit sounds delish

  91. Kelly November 23, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Lemon lime and passion fruit sounds amazing, if I won I think I’d serve these up as the non alcoholic option at our upcoming beach wedding ???? ?

  92. Danielle November 23, 2016 at 10:10 pm #

    Tropical green! Yummy! ????

  93. Sonia Wilson November 24, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    Coconut and pineapple for me, it sounds so tropical and yummy….

  94. Jay Hurley November 25, 2016 at 3:44 pm #

    Definitely the mocktails the coconut and pineapple is speaking to me at a spiritual level haha <3

  95. Kate McCurdy November 25, 2016 at 10:06 pm #

    I’d definitely try out the coconut and pineapple ???? !!! Yum!!! I need to get my extra serves into my pregnancy too!

  96. Kate McCurdy November 25, 2016 at 10:07 pm #

    That wasn’t supposed to have question marks! Haha ???? iPhone autocorrect

  97. Nat lydon November 26, 2016 at 6:42 am #

    I’d definitely give the coconut and pineapple one a go sounds delish!!

  98. Jane November 26, 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Hmm pineapple first I think

  99. Deborah November 27, 2016 at 11:10 pm #

    Lemon, Lime, and Passionfruit ! Sounds bea u ti ful !!

  100. felicity smith December 1, 2016 at 8:17 am #

    Lemon, lime and passionfruit for me too xx

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