The one with the seven mile bridge

July 14, 2021 ✨ Cattail Life

The one with the seven mile bridge

It only took about 30 minutes of pounding the coconut against an edge of a parking block, aka: wheelstop.

(Yes, I absolutely asked google what those barriers used at the end of parking spaces are called!)

Finally, the coconut cracked enough for us to pry it apart to begin getting the water into our little cups.

This was it! The day I tried coconut water for the first time. And, straight from a coconut.

A friend convinced me, last minute, to join him for a long weekend in Key West.

We passed through the Everglades forest, through the big blue sea (Gulf of Mexico), and then we walked to the southernmost point of the USA.

Yes, that's a reference from the movie "Elf" 😉

"I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel."

The drive over the Seven Mile Bridge was just as lovely as the pictures I'd seen; the blue waters of the ocean were captivating; and now my cells had experienced the hydrating benefits of fresh coconut water.

If you have yet to try coconut water, spoiler alert: it does NOT taste like the coconut in the center of an almond joy candy bar. However, the health benefits are far superior.

Coconut water is rich in electrolytes.

Electrolytes, or charged minerals, are essential in so many bodily functions.

Having the proper balance of electrolytes is key to keeping you hydrated and feeling your best. One cup of coconut water provides:

  • Magnesium: 14% Daily Value
  • Potassium: 13% DV
  • Sodium: 11% DV
  • Calcium: 4% DV

Coconut water is also rich in manganese; a trace mineral that must be obtained through diet.

Manganese has several important roles in the body. It is involved in the metabolism of carbs, protein and cholesterol, and it is essential to bone formation and proper immune response.

If you're not yet loving the taste of coconut water (or even if you are) squeeze in some fresh lime and call it a party!

​Grab a few more electrolyte drink recipes in my Hydration Made Easy guide below.

Happy hydrating!

PS - if you have access to power tools, I recommend using a drill the next time you want to experience coconut water fresh from a coconut. Either that or pick one up, ready-to-drink, from just about every corner in Key West.

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