In summertime, when my family spends a fair amount of outside, under the heat of the bright alpine sun, hydration is paramount to our health. With the physical exertion that comes from hiking, running, or biking in an extreme environment means we benefit from having something that is not only hydrating, but that can also replenish minerals and salts lost through sweat. For this reason, I often make my own traditional sports drinks, like Ginger Switchel, or rely on coconut water – a quick and easy option.
How I Use Organic Gemini’s Guarana Coconut Water
A few weeks ago the folks at Organic Gemini (check out their facebook page here) sent me a case of their Guarana Coconut Water to try. I set a few in the fridge to chill, and opened them up later to enjoy the mildly sweet, energy-boosting drink (it has quite a kick thanks to the guarana). Organic Gemini also makes a tigernut horchata that I am dying to try. They’re a new company, and one with ethics too – it’s a simple, clean, additive-free organic drink. Easy.
We not only drank the coconut water straight, and over ice, but I also folded the coconut water into popsicles like these Coconut Mango Popsicles. I also cultured it with a bit of kefir starter to make coconut kefir. It’s pretty versatile.
Coconut and Guarana
Mildly sweet, coconut water is the clear, mineral-rich liquid found in young, green coconuts. Coconut water is particularly rich in potassium, a mineral associated with cardiovascular health, as well as magnesium, and manganese. Coconut water has risen to popularity in the last several years, especially for its ability to not only provide trace minerals, but also to hydrate and nourish. For these reasons, many natural foods enthusiasts value its place as a natural sports drink.
Guarana, a fruiting plant and relative of the maple, is native to the Amazon where it played an important role in native diets of Paraguay and Brazil. Guarana was traditionally used in both breads and sweetened herbal teas, and it was prized as an energy tonic, owing to its concentration of caffeine which is more concentrated than in the coffee bean. Guarana is also rich in polyphenols and antioxidants.
As Guarana is a strong stimulant owing to its caffeine content, it’s wise to limit its use to when that boost of energy would be valuable, and take care not to overdo it. Children and slow caffeine metabolizers can be particularly sensitive to guarana, which is why I tend to mix it with other ingredients when I prepare popsicles with it.
Where You Can Buy Organic Gemini Guarana Coconut Energy Drink
Organic Gemini’s coconut water will be available online through their website soon as well as in retail stores, but remember, this company is brand new. Right now you can order their coconut water through Amazon. It contains just a handful of ingredients including coconut water (from concentrate), organic guarana seed extract, and organic coconut extract.
What We’re Giving Away: $350 of Guarana Coconut Water!
- 10 Winners will receive a case (that’s 12 bottles) of Organic Gemini Guarana Coconut Energy Drink! Each bottle is valued at $2.99 and each case is valued at $35.88
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